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Travaris Robinson said he's ready to give back to Auburn
Jan. 4, 2015

Will Muschamp, left, and Travaris Robinson together again at Auburn

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala.  Travaris Robinson says he's happy to be returning to the place that changed his life.

Auburn hired Robinson as its cornerbacks coach Saturday, reuniting him with new Tigers' defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, who he coached with the last four years at Florida and before that at Auburn, and where he played football from 1999-2002.

"I've been watching them from afar throughout my time away and wishing them well," Robinson said. "Now, I've got a chance to give back to Auburn, a place that had done so much for me as far as my degree, as far as giving me a chance to coach, making me a man. 

"That's a tremendous opportunity for me."

Robinson said he was happy to be joining Gus Malzahn's coaching staff and to be back with Muschamp because "we're more like brothers."

"My four years at Florida were the best years of my life. And now to get to work with Coach Malzahn is spectacular. He does a great job with the offense, and does a great job with the team. I'm excited to be a part of staff. I can't wait to get there and get to work," Robinson said.

Known as a top-notch recruiter, Robinson said it wasn't easy telling his Florida defensive backs he was leaving after the Gators beat East Carolina the Birmingham Bowl on Saturday. "I brought all those guys in and we have a special relationship, and I'll have that with them the rest of my life. 

"But I'm going back to the place where I chose to go to school 15 years ago. I chose to go there as a kid from Miami, and I went there and it changed my life completely."

Robinson said he kept up with Auburn this season, and every season.

"I've been watching since 1999, and I'll be watching until the day that I die," he said. "That's just how it goes when you get that feel from Auburn. A lot of places talk about family, but Auburn represents family to me. That's why I decided to go to Auburn, and it's a great opportunity for me to go there again."

Robinson said he and Muschamp became close at Auburn in 2006 when Muschamp arrived as defensive coordinator and Robinson came back as a member of the coaching support staff.

"He didn't know a lot of people there, and I was coming back three years removed and I didn't know a lot of people as far as the players and the staff," Robinson said. "We kind of had an instant bond. He helped me become the coach I am today."

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