Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Robinson `Fits' FSU

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Robinson `Fits' FSU

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TALLAHASSEE -- Steve Robinson showed Florida State how powerful

the allure of the Atlantic Coast Conference is on Monday, when

he walked away from a lucrative seven-year contract as the

University of Tulsa basketball coach for the same opportunity

with the Seminoles.

FSU Athletic Director Dave Hart introduced Robinson, a Virginia

native raised on ACC basketball, as Pat Kennedy's successor at a

news conference yesterday. Robinson, 39, is the first black head

coach in the school's 50-year athletic history and only the

ACC's second black basketball coach in 44 years.

Hart insisted Robinson's race was not a factor in his search.

"This hire is not about establishing any firsts," Hart said.

"It's about hiring someone who totally fits the profile . . . to

lead the management and coaching of a men's basketball team

with long-term goals in mind; building a program, not a team,

that will have Florida State basketball competing among the

nation's elite."

Robinson, 46-18 with two NCAA Tournament appearances at Tulsa,

signed a five-year contract worth $400,000 annually, which also

includes a buyout provision. Should he leave FSU prior to the

completion of the contract, Robinson would be responsible for

reimbursing the university for his base salary -- $110,000 --

times the number of years remaining. Fortunately for FSU, his

contract with Tulsa did not include such a provision.

"I couldn't be happier," Robinson said. "We are in for a great

new era."

Robinson said he can't wait to experience ACC basketball and

its rich history.

"Growing up as a young man in Roanoke, I always dreamed of

playing basketball in what I called the best conference in the

country," Robinson said. "I grew up watching ACC basketball. . .

. I had a lot of heroes who played in the ACC and I remember

going out to the park and in the field where we used to play

basketball on our makeshift goals. …

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