The Monroe News Star today profiles the hours following the NCAA’s sanctioning of Penn State University for its cover-up of child molestation and rape by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Among the most notable penalties was the vacation of 112 victories by former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, which re-elevated former Grambling State football coach Eddie Robinson as the NCAA Division I all-time winningest head coach.
In the afternoon following the announcement, relatives, GSU administration and former Grambling players expressed sadness for a record that Robinson himself, under the circumstances, would not have easily embraced.
“Eddie Robinson would be have been the first to express regret at this situation,” (Grambling President Frank) Pogue said.
Current Grambling football coach Doug Williams, who played under Robinson, expressed by phone what many at Monday’s gathering said — Eddie Robinson can’t be defined by any number of wins.
“Today doesn’t change any player’s opinion of Coach Rob,” Williams said. “Players like Franco Harris that played for (Joe Paterno) held him in high esteem, and players that played for (Robinson) feel the same way.
“I don’t think (Robinson) would be happy today.”