October 5, 1995 |
Every morning, 7 o'clock, coach Eddie Robinson or one of his assistants walks the hallways of Grambling State University's football dormitory ringing a cowbell. It has been a Grambling tradition since World War II. But Robinson, who started the tradition, said that times have changed, and that although he hates to admit it, his graduation rate is down a bit lately. This means that at age 76, he can't let up on his players at all. "If he gets up and he gets to breakfast, he'll be up for an 8 o'clock class," Robinson said.
January 5, 1997 |
Grambling coach Eddie Robinson was sitting in a hotel room, waiting to walk up the street and watch the Sugar Bowl, talking about how his friend Bear Bryant once told him that he should keep coaching as long as he could. That conversation, one of many that college football's two most prolific winners would have, occurred when Bryant was late in his career at Alabama. If he had to retire, "he didn't think he'd make another year," Robinson said. "He just didn't believe he'd make it long.
January 2, 1998 |
The world watched as the coaching career of legendary Eddie Robinson wound down over the last two years. Amid all the adoration and controversy, Ed Davis witnessed firsthand the methods and magic of college football's all-time winningest coach. Davis, a 1996 Coatesville graduate, played for Grambling and Robinson the last two years. He was a 5-foot-7, 165-pound sophomore tailback in Robinson's wing-T offense this season, rushing for 354 yards and three touchdowns on 54 carries and earning honors as most improved.
July 22, 2004 |
Eddie Robinson, college football's winningest coach, has Alzheimer's, his wife said. "He's pretty bad," Doris Robinson said yesterday. "He gets a little bit worse every day. He comes to the table for breakfast, but after that he wants to go right to bed. " During his 57 years at Grambling, a career which spanned 11 presidents, several wars and the civil-rights movement, Robinson compiled a record of 408-165-15. His teams had only nine losing seasons and won 16 conference titles and nine national black college championships.
November 10, 1994 |
Michael Miller, who at one time was considered heir to the big playmaking legacy of Raghib "Rocket" Ismail at Notre Dame, surrendered to Texas authorities yesterday after being named in an indictment charging him with organized criminal activity. Miller was charged with two other Texas men in connection with an alleged scheme that forged stolen checks to purchase about $50,000 in retail merchandise and airline tickets, said detective Rodney Glendening of the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Department.
December 11, 1996 |
The San Antonio Spurs, reeling from a 3-15 start, fired coach Bob Hill yesterday, hours before David Robinson was to join the lineup for the first time this season, against Phoenix. Spurs general manager Gregg Popovich replaced Hill, who led the team to 121 victories in the last two seasons. With Robinson out with a sore back, the Spurs started 2-10, the worst start in franchise history. The Chicago Bulls suspended Dennis Rodman for two games for cursing during a live TV interview in Toronto on Sunday.
December 14, 1996 |
Eddie Robinson will get one more year as football coach at Grambling, a chance to add to his 405 career victories and to erase the sting of consecutive losing seasons. University president Raymond Hicks yesterday ended a week of rumors that Robinson, 77, college football's winningest coach, was being forced out. After Louisiana's governor and the state's board of regents came to Robinson's defense, the popular coach was asked to stay on. "I'm the coach again!" Robinson shouted to his wife as he addressed a news conference.
August 15, 1998 |
When Dave Robinson played the game at Penn State, college football only vaguely resembled the game played on Saturdays now. But both are games that the former all-American loves dearly. "Football is a living sport," Robinson said. "It's gone through some tremendous transitions. I remember back to 1960, when players went both ways and Alabama refused to play us in the Liberty Bowl because we had black players. It was a different world altogether. But both of those worlds are special to me. " Robinson, as a defensive end and tight end, was a pretty special part of the first world.
November 29, 1991 |
Notre Dame's first season on NBC is over, but college football makes one more appearance tomorrow on the network before its Fiesta and Orange Bowl telecasts. NBC is carrying the Bayou Classic matching Grambling State and Southern University (Channel 3, 2:30 p.m.). It's the first time a major network has aired a football game between two black schools. Neither Division I-AA team is strong this season. Grambling, under 72-year- old coaching legend Eddie Robinson, is 5-5. One of those losses was a 60-14 trouncing by Alabama State.
September 8, 1988 |
Once upon a time, it was said that Grambling State didn't rebuild, it merely reloaded. That isn't necessarily true anymore. Grambling, the nation's most famous predominantly black-college football program, is entering its 46th season under legendary coach Eddie Robinson. And though the Tigers (1-0) aren't exactly rebuilding after going 5-6 a year ago for their first losing finish since 1959, there isn't as much ammunition as there once was. "People still respect the Grambling name.