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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.

Grambling State Tigers football
2018 Grambling State Tigers football team
Grambling State Tigers logo.svg
First season1928
Athletic directorDavid "Rusty" Ponton
Head coachBroderick Fobbs
5th season, 40–14 (.741)
StadiumEddie Robinson Stadium
(Capacity: 19,600)
Field surfaceArtificial Turf
LocationGrambling, Louisiana
ConferenceSWAC (since 1958)
DivisionWest
All-time record534–239–18 (.686)
Bowl record19–8 (.704)
Claimed nat'l titles15 Black college football national championships
Conference titles26
RivalriesJackson State
Southern
Prairie View A&M
ColorsBlack and Gold[1]
         
Websitegsutigers.com

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.

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]

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]

Contents

Football classificationsEdit

Conference affiliationsEdit

Annual ClassicsEdit

ChampionshipsEdit

Year Conference Coach Overall record[4][5] Conference record[4][5]
1955 Midwestern Conference Eddie Robinson 10-0-0 2-0-0
1960 Southwestern Athletic Conference* Eddie Robinson 9-1-0 6-1-0
1965 Southwestern Athletic Conference Eddie Robinson 8-3-0 6-1-0
1966 Southwestern Athletic Conference* Eddie Robinson 6-2-1 4-2-1
1967 Southwestern Athletic Conference Eddie Robinson 9-1-0 6-1-0
1968 Southwestern Athletic Conference* Eddie Robinson 9-2-0 6-1-0
1971 Southwestern Athletic Conference Eddie Robinson 9-2-0 5-1-0
1972 Southwestern Athletic Conference* Eddie Robinson 11**-2-0 5**-1-0
1973 Southwestern Athletic Conference* Eddie Robinson 10-3-0 5-1-0
1974 Southwestern Athletic Conference* Eddie Robinson 11-1-0 5-1-0
1975 Southwestern Athletic Conference* (vacated)[6] Eddie Robinson 10-2**-0 4-2**-0
1977 Southwestern Athletic Conference Eddie Robinson 10-1-0 6-0-0
1978 Southwestern Athletic Conference Eddie Robinson 9-1-1 5-0-1
1979 Southwestern Athletic Conference* Eddie Robinson 8-3-0 5-1-0
1980 Southwestern Athletic Conference* Eddie Robinson 10-2-0 5-1-0
1983 Southwestern Athletic Conference Eddie Robinson 10-2-0 6-0-1
1985 Southwestern Athletic Conference* Eddie Robinson 9-3-0 6-1-0
1989 Southwestern Athletic Conference Eddie Robinson 9-3-0 7-0-0
1994 Southwestern Athletic Conference* Eddie Robinson 9-3-0 6-1-0
2000 Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division
Southwestern Athletic Conference
Doug Williams 10-2 6-1
2001 Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division
Southwestern Athletic Conference
Doug Williams 11**-0 6**-1
2002 Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division
Southwestern Athletic Conference
Doug Williams 11-2 6-1
2003 Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division* Doug Williams 9-3 6-1
2005 Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division
Southwestern Athletic Conference
Melvin Spears 11-1 9-0
2007 Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division Rod Broadway 8-4 8-1
2008 Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division
Southwestern Athletic Conference
Rod Broadway 11-2 7-0
2010 Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division* Rod Broadway 9-2 8-1
2011 Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division
Southwestern Athletic Conference
Doug Williams 8-4 6-3
2015 Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division Broderick Fobbs 9-3 9-0
2016 Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division
Southwestern Athletic Conference
Broderick Fobbs 11-1 9-0
2017 Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division
Southwestern Athletic Conference
Broderick Fobbs 11-2 7-0
Total conference and division championships 26 (+1 vacated) conference and 10 division

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

Midwestern Conference Championships[4]
  • 1955
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
 
Grambling football game in 2005
Black college football national championships

Division I-AA/FCS Playoffs resultsEdit

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

Year Round Opponent Result
1980 Semifinals Boise State L 9–14
1985 First Round Arkansas State L 7–10
1989 First Round Stephen F. Austin L 56–59

Division II Playoffs resultsEdit

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

Year Round Opponent Result notes
1973 Quarterfinals Delaware W 17–8 Boardwalk Bowl
Semifinals WKU L 20–28 Grantland Rice Bowl

College Football Hall of Fame membersEdit

Pro Football Hall of Fame membersEdit

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Grambling State University Style Guide (PDF). November 6, 2017. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  2. ^ http://theundefeated.com/features/back-in-the-day-40-years-ago-morgan-state-and-grambling-played-in-tokyo/
  3. ^ "Grambling's Eddie Robinson changed college football and his legacy still impacts the game".
  4. ^ a b c "Conference Champions". Cfbdatawarehouse.com. Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  5. ^ a b c "2015 SWAC Football Media Day by SWAC". issuu. Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  6. ^ a b "Log in to NewsBank".
  7. ^ "Log in to NewsBank".
  8. ^ "Grambling St. Players/Alumni". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-10-29.

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