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Minnesota fires longtime wrestling coach J Robinson

Photo courtesy Ty Russell | AP file 2006

Minnesota sent out a release Wednesday announcing the firing of longtime wrestling coach J Robinson. A press conference has been set for 4:30 P.M. CT to discuss the details behind his firing.

Here is the release put out by the school:

The University of Minnesota has terminated head wrestling coach J Robinson, effectively immediately. Acting head coach Brandon Eggum will assume the position of interim head coach for this coming season.

Athletics director Mark Coyle will be available at a brief press conference today at 4:30 to discuss this decision. That press conference will take place in the Sports Pavilion media room.

Reportedly, Robinson will be fired for his lack of oversight in how he handled his wrestlers allegedly selling and abusing drugs. He was put on paid leave amid a drug probe in June by new athletic director Mark Coyle.

According to Marcus Fuller and Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Robinson will be fired for failing to report the sale and abuse of Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug, by members of his squad.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that in late June, Hennepin County prosecutors declined to press charges in the matter, citing a lack of evidence.

More from the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Later in August, sources told the Star Tribune that Robinson and the university reached an impasse in discussions over the coach’s exit and potential buyout.

No details or agreements regarding Robinson’s exit were immediately available.

Robinson has been the Golden Gophers’ wrestling coach for the last 30 years after accepting the job in 1986. He has guided Minnesota to three national championships (2001, 2002 and 2007), as well as six Big Ten titles.

Minnesota fires longtime wrestling coach J Robinson

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