Fired Gophers wrestling coach Robinson: ‘Nobody was interested in the facts’

A year removed from coaching at the University of Minnesota has not diminished J Robinson’s frustration and disappointment over the way his 30-year Hall of Fame career as the school’s wrestling coach ended.

RIVER FALLS, WIS. – Room 106 in Johnson Hall looks like any other college dorm room. There’s a twin bed with thin mattress, papers strewn across a desk, a mini fridge with a microwave resting on top and an oscillating fan struggling to keep the place cool.

The room’s occupant is 71 years old with a laundry list of physical ailments. He doesn’t have to be here. Yet J Robinson plans to spend roughly 20 nights in July in this dorm on the University of Wisconsin-River Falls campus surrounded by kids at his wrestling camp.

“You can’t ask other people to do what you wouldn’t do yourself,” he says. “You can’t tell other people to go to camp and then live in a hotel.”

This is where the former Gophers wrestling coach devotes his time and energy since being fired by the university last September after 30 seasons. Continue reading at

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