Grambling State Tigers football

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Grambling State Tigers football
2016 Grambling State Tigers football team
Grambling State Tigers logo.png
First season 1928
Athletic director Paul Bryant
Head coach Broderick Fobbs
3rd year, 20–8 (.714)
Stadium Eddie Robinson Stadium
Seating capacity 19,600
Field surface Natural grass
Location Grambling, Louisiana
Conference SWAC (1958)
Division West
All-time record 534–239–18 (.686)
Bowl record 19–8 (.704)
Claimed nat'l titles 15 Black college football national championships
Conference titles 25
Colors Black and Gold
         
Rivals Jackson State
Southern
Prairie View A&M
Website gsutigers.com

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.

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 Tokyo, Japan. GSU defeated Morgan State 42-16. In 1977, the GSU Tigers were invited back to Tokyo where they defeated Temple University 35-32 in the inaugural Mirage Bowl game.[1]

Among its accomplishments include: 14 Black college football national championships (tied for second most in HBCU history) and 25 Conference Championships (1 Midwest Conference & 23 SWAC). The Tigers have won the most SWAC Championships to date.[2]

Football classifications[edit]

Conference affiliations[edit]

Annual Classics[edit]

Championships[edit]

Year Conference Coach Overall record[3][4] Conference record[3][4]
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)[5] 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
Celebration Bowl (HBCU National Champions)
Broderick Fobbs 11-1 9-0
Total conference and division championships 25 (+1 vacated) conference and 10 division

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

Midwestern Conference Championships[3]
  • 1955
SWAC Championships[4]
  • 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[5] due to violation of SWAC rules for scheduling opponents)[6]
  • 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
Black college football national championships

Division I-AA/FCS Playoffs results[edit]

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 results[edit]

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 members[edit]

Pro Football Hall of Fame members[edit]

Over 100 Grambling State alumni have played in the NFL,[7] including four Pro Football Hall of Famers:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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