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The Shanahan-June Jones Connection

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 30, 2012 – 3:09 pm

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Over the last two NFL drafts, Mike Shanahan’s Redskins have selected three players out of the Southern Methodist program coached by Run-n-Shoot savant June Jones. ¬†The Run-n-Shoot is far from a traditional pro-style offense, and players are thought to have trouble adjusting to the NFL game.

So what inspires the attraction to former Mustangs?

After drafting Aldrick Robinson in 2011, it was revealed that head coach Mike Shanahan spoke at length with Mustangs’ head coach June Jones, with whom he had a professional relationship dating back 25 years (via PonyFans.com): Read more »

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Aldrick Robinson Overcomes the ‘Death Penalty’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on May 19, 2011 – 9:52 am


Wide receiver Aldrick Robinson has been part of groups from the moment he was drafted. He was the second of back-to-back sixth round picks. He was the third wide receiver selected by the Redskins. The closest he’s come to a spotlight on the blog was being one of the people featured in my look at draft day phone calls. Redskins.com intern Brian Tinsman was determined to change that. This is the result.


by Brian Tinsman

To be clear, Aldrick Robinson is a soft-spoken guy who has never committed a crime worthy of capital punishment, even by the standards of his native Texas. But much of his football story has been shaped by a different kind of “death penalty.”

The“death penalty” in the NCAAis when a collegiate athletic program is banned for one or more seasons due to multiple or particularly heinous infractions. At Robinson’s alma mater, Southern Methodist University, those infractions were improper benefits to players from boosters and alumni.

As a result, the 1987 season was canceled, and the school nixed the 1988 season as well. No recruiting was permitted until August 1988. The team was banned from television coverage and bowl games until 1989. The team was also only permitted to have half of the normal coaching staff and lost most of their athletic scholarships.

Stick a fork in the Mustangs — they were done. The program that produced NFL greats Eric Dickerson, Raymond Berry and Craig James was closed for business.

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