Grambling State Tigers
The Grambling State Tigers represent Grambling State University in NCAA intercollegiate athletics. Grambling's sports teams participate in Division I (I-FCS for football) as a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).
|Grambling State Tigers|
|University||Grambling State University|
|NCAA||Division I (FCS)|
|Athletic director||Paul Bryant|
|Football stadium||Eddie Robinson Stadium|
|Basketball arena||Hobdy Assembly Center|
|Baseball stadium||Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones Park and Wilbert Ellis Field|
|Softball stadium||GSU Softball Complex|
|Soccer stadium||GSU Soccer Complex|
|Other arenas||Memorial Gymnasium|
|Colors||Black and Gold|
Grambling State's colors are black and gold, with red as a tertiary color symbolizing the blood of people of African descent. The school's mascot is the Tiger. Grambling State's male athletes are traditionally referred to as "G-Men".
|Men's sports||Women's sports|
|Cross country||Cross country|
|Track and field†||Softball|
|Track and field†|
|† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.|
- Tommie Agee
- Matt Alexander
- Courtney Duncan
- Ralph Garr
- Johnny Jeter
- Lenny Webster
- Gerald Williams
- Gary Eave
The Grambling State Tigers won the NAIA National championship tournament in 1961, beating Georgetown College (Ky.). The victory made Grambling State the first and only college basketball program in the state to win a national basketball championship. In the following years, the Tigers made it to the NAIA Final Four, and placed 3rd in 1963, and 1966, defeating Fort Hays State (Kan.) and Norfolk State (Va.) respectively. The Tigers appeared in the NAIA National Tournament eight times from 1959 to 1971, with a total NAIA National Tournament record of 19–7. Former NBA star Charles Hardnett played for the National Championship Tiger team. The team has never played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. In 2013, the Tigers went 0-28, with only one single-digit loss (an 8-point loss to Alabama A&M in the SWAC Tournament). Grambling State's most popular and highest attended basketball rivalries are against the Southern Jaguars and Prairie View A&M Panthers.
Grambling State plays its arch rival Southern University in the annual Bayou Classic, which is hosted at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana over Thanksgiving weekend and broadcast nationally on NBCSN.
During Robinson’s 55-year coaching career, the university gained a national reputation because of the large number of athletes who joined the professional ranks in football.
Grambling has won fourteen black college national championships, tied for second most in the country (Robinson's teams won nine of those championships).
The 1981 TV movie Grambling's White Tiger set in 1962, tells the true story of Jim Gregory, the first white Quarterback at Grambling.
In October 2013, citing health hazards within the Grambling State athletic facilities and team mismanagement in a letter to the administration, the Grambling State football team refused to play their October 19 game against Jackson St., forfeiting the match up, resulting in a loss. The NCAA would later go on to announce the ruling on the game was officially declared a no contest. The Tigers would return for their very next game a week later against Texas Southern.
Pro Football Hall of Fame membersEdit
- Honda Battle of the Bands
- Season of the Tiger
- List of NCAA Division I institutions
- Grambling State University Women's Soccer Team. Visit http://www.gsutigers.com/index.aspx?path=wsoc
The sports teams at GSU are headed in the right direction now. Most excelling with great improvements. It's a great day to be a Tiger!
- Grambling State University Style Guide (PDF). November 6, 2017. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
- "Grambling State Athletics - G-Men Season Comes to an End in Heartbreaking Loss". Gsutigers.com. March 14, 2010. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
- Penn State penalties: $60 million fine, 4-year bowl ban The Chicago Tribune. July 23, 2012
- "The inside story of what caused Grambling football players to revolt". Archived from the original on October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
- Sean Isabella, USA TODAY Sports (October 30, 2013). "NCAA decides Grambling-Jackson State game is a 'no contest'". Usatoday.com. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
- "Grambling State returns to field with loss". Archived from the original on November 3, 2013. Retrieved November 1, 2013.