canada africa partner reservation Denard Robinson leaves Michigan after OWI arrest in Ann Arbor

Denard Robinson leaves Michigan after OWI arrest in Ann Arbor


Denard Robinson no longer works in Michigan a month after his arrest for driving under the influence.

Team spokesman Dave Ablauf confirmed to MLive on Tuesday Robinson’s departure from the football program, where he served as assistant director of player personnel for the past two years. It remains unclear whether Robinson resigned or was fired; Michigan officials would not say, citing policy regarding a personnel matter.

Robinson was suspended indefinitely by head coach Sherrone Moore on April 15 following his early morning arrest in Ann Arbor. Police say Robinson, 33, was taken into custody around 3 a.m. after hitting a vehicle at the corner of East Eisenhower Parkway and South State Street in Ann Arbor.

Charges are still pending; a public records request from MLive for a copy of the police report was denied as the investigation continued. Robinson could not immediately be reached for comment.

Robinson had been at Michigan since 2022, when he was hired as a support staffer for former head coach Jim Harbaugh and received a salary of $102,000 last year. Robinson, a former All-American quarterback nicknamed “Shoelace” because he played with his shoes untied, played for the Wolverines from 2009 to ’12 and set NCAA records for rushing yards by a quarterback, a Big Ten record for total offense and became the first player ever to throw and pass for 1,500 yards in a season.

Robinson was selected in the seventh round by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013 and spent seven seasons in the NFL, the first four as a player and the last three as a staff member and scout.

Robinson is the second Michigan staffer to leave following an OWI arrest in recent months, following former defensive lineman Greg Scruggs. Scruggs, who was hired in March, recently entered into a plea deal that would reduce charges for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence. He will be sentenced on May 24.

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