Grambling State Tigers
|Grambling State Tigers|
|University||Grambling State University|
|NCAA||Division I (FCS)|
|Athletic director||Dr. Percy Caldwell|
|Football stadium||Eddie Robinson Stadium|
|Arena||Hobdy Assembly Center|
|Baseball stadium||Tiger Field|
The Grambling State Tigers represent Grambling State University in NCAA intercollegiate athletics. Grambling's sports teams participate in Division I (I-AA for football) as a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Currently, the Grambling State University Department of Athletics sponsors men's intercollegiate football, along with men's and women's basketball, baseball, track & field, softball, golf, soccer, tennis, bowling and volleyball.
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 NBC. GSU also plays in the annual State Fair Classic against the Prairie View A&M Panthers at the Cotton Bowl, in Fair Park, in Dallas, Texas.
During Robinson’s 57-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, more than any other school (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 19th 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 Members
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).
- Tommie Agee
- Matt Alexander
- James Cooper
- Courtney Duncan
- Ralph Garr
- AJ Hostak
- Johnny Jeter
- Olen Parker
- Lenny Webster
- Gerald Williams
- Gary Eave
4-time bowling national champions.
- Penn State penalties: $60 million fine, 4-year bowl ban The Chicago Tribune. July 23, 2012