Yearbook, Oct. 5: Eddie Robinson's record

October, 5, 2012
Oct. 5, 1985: He started his quest in 1941, at a mere 22 years old. It took him all of one year to show his knack for coaching, with his second squad at Grambling State going 9-0 and not giving up a point.

Fast-forward 43 years, and on this day, coach Eddie Robinson -- still a legend for many and a man whose name appears on numerous awards -- earned his 324th win at the historically black college and university, against Prairie View A&M at the Cotton Bowl, allowing him to pass Alabama's Bear Bryant as NCAA Division I's all-time winningest coach.

Robinson, who died in 2007 after contracting Alzheimer's disease, retains that title at 408 wins, albeit via unfortunate circumstances, as Joe Paterno -- who passed Robinson in 2011 -- had several wins vacated in July.

Eddie Robinson on the sideline during the 1995 seasonUS PresswireRobinson during the 1995 season.
Eddie Robinson, coach of grambling State, at media day 1997Stephen Dunn/Getty ImagesRobinson in 1997.
Eddie Robinson celebrating his 300th win in 1982Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty ImagesRobinson, celebrating his 300th win, in 1982.
Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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