Coach Trout at the Bayou Classic in New Orleans
Having been at the 2018 Bayou Classic where I got to witness most of the festivities of the events in New Orleans and with the big Grambling Tigers' win over Southern, I started researching one of the most winning college football teams of all-time. If Coach Fobbs can win recruiting battles against the likes of Nick Saban and the University of Alabama, well, I would have to say the resurgence of Grambling football, as well as HBCU Football is more alive than it has ever been. Maurice Robinson chose Grambling over the likes of Alabama, Florida and LSU, while also stating that he wants to play defensive back for the Tigers. This extremely bright young man was quoted saying,
“It was a hard process from the start,” Robinson told The News-Star Monday. “I had big colleges looking at me. All of that could get into your head if you don’t take care of the process the right way. It was an easy decision to make. I didn’t really fall into the light that they shined on me, I didn’t get into the hype they threw at me."
Well I guess this young man realizes his path to the next level involves playing time and a coach like Broderick Fobbs who shows compassion, understanding and an unfathomable amount of loyalty to the players he coaches. Who knows, maybe those D1 powerhouses were not giving him a choice to play at the position he desired, but offering him as the stellar dual-threat QB that he is. It really is not our job to speculate as thousands of scenarios could have led to this young man choosing Grambling and Coach Fobbs is a man who looks at the recruit, not the stars attached to their name. Maybe Robinson felt the sincerity of the Grambling program and also recognized the historic program that has existed at Grambling and is re-surging under Coach Fobbs.
The History of Grambling State Football - The Eddie Robinson Era
Eddie Robinson is known as the greatest collegiate football coach of all-time by many in our industry. He was able to build Grambling State into a powerhouse during a very hard period of time for African American athletes in the southern states of America, as they were not allowed to play for southern programs. Coach Robinson retired in 1997 with 408 wins, 165 losses and 15 ties. Coach Robinson was inducted into the college football hall of fame in 1997 and was the most winning-est college football coach of all-time when the NCAA stripped Coach Paterno of 111 wins, only to return them to the scandal-ridden former Penn State head football coach. More than 200 of players that were coached by Eddie Robinson went on to the old AFL, CFL and NFL, as he set the standard for college coaches across the country on how to build a program.
A Program on the Verge of Collapse
With 690 million dollars being stripped from Louisiana higher education programs, Grambling State football faced extinction as they did not have the proper funding to support the Tiger Football team. Not even legendary QB Doug Williams could save the Tigers from the wrath of our failing economic and educational systems in America and all was lost for a few years. Former Grambling State running back, Broderick Fobbs became the Head Coach of the historic Tigers program for the 2014 season and has achieved a record of 39-11 and has Grambling as one of our Top 25 FCS College Football Programs heading into this season.
The Coach Fobbs Era & The 2018 Grambling Tigers
Coach Fobbs has the Tiger faithful dancing once again to the beautiful sound of the Grambling State band, who produces magic every time they get to perform, just as the football team did in 2017. Grambling was able to defeat "Air McNair's" alma mater Alcorn State with a score of 40-32 for yet another Grambling Tigers SWAC championship. Coach Fobbs should be the topic of conversation when you look at how he has been able to build Grambling State back to a point that would make the legendary Coach Robinson extremely proud. But after checking out this year's Grambling State team and how practices have gone so far, I believe Grambling will once again be hoisting the SWAC championship trophy and make a run in the FCS playoffs if granted the chance to compete. They will bring home another HBCU National championship, but why are they not talked about when it comes to the FCS playoffs. VICE News wrote a very good article on why SWAC and MEAC teams do not compete in the FCS playoffs, as we never truly get an FCS or 1AA National Champion, outright.
It's very intriguing that both 1AA Historically Black conferences have their own independent "Black College National Championship" and cannot compete in the FCS playoffs. That being said, we will be taking every team in 1AA into consideration when we crown our champion at the conclusion of the 2018 FCS Season. We also take into consideration that Grambling State has produced over 100 players that have gone onto the NFL and will continue to show resiliency, toughness and character moving forward under the new legendary figure, Coach Broderick Fobbs. When they say Geaux Tigers in Louisiana this season, remember the inept Ed Orgeron doesn't have a pot to piss in and the best coach in your state resides at Grambling State University, home of the Tigers!
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