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Former USC Coach John Robinson a College Football Hall of Famer

April 30, 2009 | 12:56 pm

USC coach John Robinson being carried of the field in 1979. Thirty years later, he will enter the College Football Hall of Fame. John Robinson, who guided USC's football team to a national title in 1978, has been selected to the College Football Hall of Fame. This was his second year on the ballot.

Robinson compiled a record of 104-35-4 in 12 seasons during two coaching stints with the Trojans. He won five Pac-10 Conference titles and led his teams to eight bowl games, including three Rose Bowl victories.

He also coached the Los Angeles Rams and completed his coaching career at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where he was 28-42 in six seasons.

Random fact: Robinson went to elementary school, coached on the same sideline and worked in the broadcast booth with recently retired John Madden.

Other members of the 2009 Hall of Fame class:

Players:

PERVIS ATKINS -- HB, New Mexico State (1958-60)
TIM BROWN --WR,Notre Dame (1984-87)
CHUCK CECIL -- DB, Arizona (1984-87)
ED DYAS -- FB, Auburn (1958-60)
MAJOR HARRIS -- QB, West Virginia (1987-89)
GORDON HUDSON -- TE, Brigham Young (1980- 83)
WILLIAM LEWIS* -- C, Harvard (1892-93)
WOODROW LOWE -- LB, Alabama (1972-75)
KEN MARGERUM -- WR, Stanford (1977-80)
STEVE McMICHAEL -- DT, Texas (1976-79)
CHRIS SPIELMAN -- LB, Ohio State (1984-87)
LARRY STATION -- LB, Iowa (1982-85)
PAT SWILLING -- DE, Georgia Tech (1982-85)
GINO TORRETTA -- QB, Miami (Fla.) (1989-92)
CURT WARNER -- RB, Penn State (1979-82)
GRANT WISTROM -- DE, Nebraska (1994-97)
* Selection from the FBS Veterans Committee, deceased

COACHES:

DICK MacPHERSON -- 111-73-5 (.601) -- Massachusetts (1971-77), Syracuse (1981-90) 

-- Gary Klein and Adam Rose

Photo: USC Coach John Robinson being carried of the field in 1979. Credit: Joe Kennedy / Los Angeles Times

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