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Grambling State Tigers football
AmericanFootball current event.svg 2019 Grambling State Tigers football team
Grambling State Tigers logo.svg
First season1928
Athletic directorDavid "Rusty" Ponton
Head coach Broderick Fobbs
5th season, 40–14 (.741)
Stadium Eddie Robinson Stadium
(Capacity: 19,600)
Field surfaceArtificial Turf
Location Grambling, Louisiana
Conference SWAC (since 1958)
DivisionWest
All-time record53423918 (.686)
Bowl record198 (.704)
Claimed nat'l titles15 Black college football national championships
Conference titles26
Rivalries Jackson State
Southern
Prairie View A&M
ColorsBlack and Gold [1]
         
Website gsutigers.com

The Grambling State Tigers are the college football team representing the Grambling State University. The Tigers play in NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) as a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

College football Collegiate rules version of American/Canadian football, played by colleges and universities

College football is gridiron football consisting of American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, colleges, and military academies, or Canadian football played by teams of student athletes fielded by Canadian universities. It was through college football play that American football rules first gained popularity in the United States.

Grambling State University historically black university in Louisiana

Grambling State University (GSU) is a historically black public university in Grambling, Louisiana. The university is home of the Eddie G. Robinson Museum and is listed on the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail. The university is a member-school of the University of Louisiana System and Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Southwestern Athletic Conference Collegiate athletic conference made up of historically black colleges and universities

The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is a collegiate athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, which is made up of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the Southern United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division I for all sports; in football, it participates in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), formerly referred to as Division I-AA.

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The prominence of Grambling football is longstanding. The Tigers, under Hall of Fame coach Eddie Robinson (who guided them to 408 victories in 55 seasons from 1941 to 1942 and 1945 to 1997), were built as a small-school powerhouse with more than 200 players who played professional football.

Eddie Robinson (American football coach) American college football coach

Eddie Gay Robinson Sr. was an American football coach. For 56 years, from 1941 to 1942 and again from 1945 to 1997, he was the head coach at Grambling State University, a historically black university (HBCU) in Grambling, Louisiana. Robinson is recognized by many college football experts as one of the greatest coaches in history. During a period in college football history when black players were not allowed to play for southern college programs, Robinson built Grambling State into a "small" college football powerhouse. He retired in 1997 with a record of 408–165–15. Robinson coached every single game from the field and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997. Robinson is arguably the most successful college football coach in FCS history and third most victories in college football history.

On September 24, 1976, Grambling State and Morgan State became the first collegiate football teams from the United States to play a game in the continent of Asia. GSU defeated Morgan State 42-16 in Tokyo, Japan. In fall 1977, the GSU Tigers were invited back to Tokyo where they defeated Temple University 35-32 in the inaugural Mirage Bowl game. [2]

The Morgan State Bears football team competes in American football on behalf of Morgan State University. The Bears compete in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, currently as a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). The Bears play their home games at Hughes Stadium, a 10,000 seat facility in Baltimore, Maryland.

Temple Owls football football team of Temple University

The Temple Owls football team represents Temple University in the sport of college football. The Temple Owls compete in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision as a member of the American Athletic Conference. They play their home games at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Coca-Cola Classic was a regular season National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) college football game played in Tokyo, Japan, from 1977 to 1993. It was originally sponsored by Mitsubishi and known as the Mirage Bowl, and later sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company and renamed for the soft drink Coca-Cola Classic. Because the game was merely a re-location of a regular season game, it was not considered a traditional, postseason bowl game.

Among its accomplishments include: 15 Black college football national championships (tied for second most in HBCU history) and 26 Conference Championships (1 Midwest Conference & 25 SWAC). The Tigers have won the most SWAC Championships to date. [3]

The black college football national championship is a national championship won by the best football teams among historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the United States.

Football classifications

NCAA Division II Intermediate-level division of competition in college basketball

Division II is an intermediate-level division of competition in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). It offers an alternative to both the larger and better-funded Division I and to the scholarship-free environment offered in Division III.

Conference affiliations

The Midwest Athletic Association was an intercollegiate athletic conference of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that existed from 1926 to 1966. It was later known as the Midwest Conference from 1962 to 1963 and as the Midwestern Conference from 1964 to 1966. The conference's membership was widespread, with members located in Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Annual Classics

Championships

YearConferenceCoachOverall record [4] [5] Conference record [4] [5]
1955Midwestern ConferenceEddie Robinson10-0-02-0-0
1960Southwestern Athletic Conference*Eddie Robinson9-1-06-1-0
1965Southwestern Athletic ConferenceEddie Robinson8-3-06-1-0
1966Southwestern Athletic Conference*Eddie Robinson6-2-14-2-1
1967Southwestern Athletic ConferenceEddie Robinson9-1-06-1-0
1968Southwestern Athletic Conference*Eddie Robinson9-2-06-1-0
1971Southwestern Athletic ConferenceEddie Robinson9-2-05-1-0
1972Southwestern Athletic Conference*Eddie Robinson11**-2-05**-1-0
1973Southwestern Athletic Conference*Eddie Robinson10-3-05-1-0
1974Southwestern Athletic Conference*Eddie Robinson11-1-05-1-0
1975Southwestern Athletic Conference* (vacated) [6] Eddie Robinson10-2**-04-2**-0
1977Southwestern Athletic ConferenceEddie Robinson10-1-06-0-0
1978Southwestern Athletic ConferenceEddie Robinson9-1-15-0-1
1979Southwestern Athletic Conference*Eddie Robinson8-3-05-1-0
1980Southwestern Athletic Conference*Eddie Robinson10-2-05-1-0
1983Southwestern Athletic ConferenceEddie Robinson10-2-06-0-1
1985Southwestern Athletic Conference*Eddie Robinson9-3-06-1-0
1989Southwestern Athletic ConferenceEddie Robinson9-3-07-0-0
1994Southwestern Athletic Conference*Eddie Robinson9-3-06-1-0
2000Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division
Southwestern Athletic Conference
Doug Williams10-26-1
2001Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division
Southwestern Athletic Conference
Doug Williams11**-06**-1
2002Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division
Southwestern Athletic Conference
Doug Williams11-26-1
2003Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division*Doug Williams9-36-1
2005Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division
Southwestern Athletic Conference
Melvin Spears11-19-0
2007Southwestern Athletic Conference Western DivisionRod Broadway8-48-1
2008Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division
Southwestern Athletic Conference
Rod Broadway11-27-0
2010Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division*Rod Broadway9-28-1
2011Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division
Southwestern Athletic Conference
Doug Williams8-46-3
2015Southwestern Athletic Conference Western DivisionBroderick Fobbs9-39-0
2016Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division
Southwestern Athletic Conference
Broderick Fobbs11-19-0
2017Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division
Southwestern Athletic Conference
Broderick Fobbs11-27-0
Total conference and division championships26 (+1 vacated) conference and 10 division

Notes: an asterisk denotes co-championships; a double-asterisk denotes forfeits

Midwestern Conference Championships [4]
SWAC Championships [5]
  • 1960 (shared with Prairie View A&M and Southern)
  • 1965
  • 1966 (shared with Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Southern, and Texas Southern)
  • 1967
  • 1968 (shared with Alcorn State and Texas Southern)
  • 1971
  • 1972 (shared with Jackson State)
  • 1973 (shared with Jackson State)
  • 1974 (shared with Alcorn State)
  • 1975 (shared with Jackson State and Southern; vacated [6] due to violation of SWAC rules for scheduling opponents) [7]
  • 1977
  • 1978
  • 1979 (shared with Alcorn State)
  • 1980 (shared with Jackson State)
  • 1983
  • 1985 (shared with Jackson State)
  • 1989
  • 1994 (shared with Alcorn State)
  • 2000
  • 2001
  • 2002
  • 2005
  • 2008
  • 2011
  • 2016
  • 2017
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Grambling football game in 2005
Black college football national championships

Division I-AA/FCS Playoffs results

The Tigers have appeared in the I-AA/FCS playoffs three times with a record of 0–3.

YearRoundOpponentResult
1980 SemifinalsBoise StateL 9–14
1985 First RoundArkansas StateL 7–10
1989 First RoundStephen F. AustinL 56–59

Division II Playoffs results

The Tigers have appeared in the Division II playoffs one time with an overall record of 1–1.

YearRoundOpponentResultnotes
1973 QuarterfinalsDelawareW 17–8 Boardwalk Bowl
SemifinalsWKUL 20–28 Grantland Rice Bowl

College Football Hall of Fame members

Pro Football Hall of Fame members

Over 100 Grambling State alumni have played in the NFL, [8] including four Pro Football Hall of Famers:

See also

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