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Yearbook, Oct. 5: Eddie Robinson's record

10/5/2012

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.