J ROBINSON THROUGH THE YEARS
J Robinson was fired Wednesday, ending a historic three-decade run:
1986: Robinson takes over the program, and in his first season the Gophers don’t win a single Big Ten dual meet — going 0-8.
1991: Marty Morgan wins an individual NCAA title at 177 pounds, the first wrestler under Robinson to accomplish the feat. Morgan would go on later to work under Robinson on the Gophers’ staff.
1997: The Gophers finish third as a team at the NCAA championships, starting a run of seven consecutive top-three finishes that established them as a national power.
2001: Minnesota wins its first NCAA wrestling team championship, with all 10 of its wrestlers earning All-America status. The title is won at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the home of longtime wrestling power Iowa — where Robinson previously served as an assistant coach. Robinson is named National Coach of the Year.
2004: Damion Hahn wins the second of back-to-back NCAA 197-pound titles.
2002: The Gophers win their second consecutive NCAA team title, Jared Lawrence (149) and Luke Becker (157) win individual titles, part of a run of eight individual champions in an eight-year span from 2000-07. In the midst of that season, the U releases the results from an internal investigation into the wrestling program, detailing six minor violations that were self-reported to the NCAA.
2005: Robinson is inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
2007: The Gophers win the last of their three NCAA team titles under Robinson. Heavyweight Cole Konrad wins the second of back-to-back NCAA titles.
2012: Heavyweight Tony Nelson wins the first of back-to-back NCAA individual titles.
2014: The Gophers win their third consecutive National Duals title.
March 2016: The Gophers compete for what would prove to be the final time under Robinson, with Minnesota finishing 17th at the NCAA meet. The Gophers compile a 10-8 dual meet record, giving Robinson 440 dual meet coaching victories.
May: News of a prescription drug problem within Robinson’s program surfaces.
June 1: New athletic director Mark Coyle, in his first day on the job, places Robinson on paid leave.
Late June: Prosecutors, citing a lack of evidence, decline to pursue charges against Gophers wrestlers or Robinson in connection with the suspected using and selling of the prescription sedative Xanax.
August: Sources tell the Star Tribune that Robinson and the university reached an impasse in discussions over the coach’s exit. The school completes its investigation of Robinson.
Aug. 30, 2016: Robinson writes Coyle a letter that reads, in part: “I do not intend to address each inaccuracy and/or omission in the [investigation] because there are far too many.”
Sept. 7, 2016: Coyle announces Robinson has been terminated with just cause.