Tucked away in north Louisiana is one of the most historic small college football programs in America, the Grambling State Tigers. Led by the late Hall of Fame head coach Eddie Robinson, the Tigers were a perennial powerhouse program between 1941 and 1997 (with Robinson coaching a combined 57 years in total). The legendary coach racked up 408 wins during this time period, with only 165 losses (and 15 ties). Add to that impressive resume nine National Black College Championships and nineteen SWAC championships. Coach Robinson sits third all-time in NCAA head coaching wins, just behind Joe Paterno (409) and John Gagliardi (489). It’s safe to say that Eddie Robinson single-handedly built the Grambling State football program.
With his retirement in 1997 and recent passing in 2007, Grambling has sought to continue his legacy on the football field. The Tigers home field is named in his honor, Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium. Just across campus, you’ll find the Eddie G. Robinson Museum, which is definitely worth a visit.
While the win column may not be as stacked as it once was, the city of Grambling still comes alive on select Saturdays in the fall for Tigers football. As is typical for many programs in the SWAC, Grambling plays multiple neutral site classics, so true home games can be in short supply (in 2015, only three games were played on campus). Depending on the opponent, the crowd can vary widely, however, homecoming is a truly special atmosphere, followed by SWAC match-ups.
Tenant: Grambling State Tigers (NCAA)