Passing the torch

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: February 8, 2011

GRAMBLING, La. – Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue has announced the appointment of GSU Linebackers Coach Andre Robinson as interim head football coach. Robinson, an alum and standout collegiate linebacker, has been the University’s linebackers coach since 2004. “Andre Robinson links the legacy of Eddie Robinson to the present football championship era,” said GSU Athletics Director Lin Dawson. “Andre was an accomplished player at Grambling who was recognized nationally. During his 30-year coaching career, he has built on his success as a player by developing excellent athletes who were under his tutelage.”

The University is launching its search for a permanent head football coach.

“Our goal is to maintain this cherished reputation of being winners,” Pogue said. “Andre Robinson’s willingness to assume the interim role will allow the University time to identify the strongest candidates.”

Robinson called it an honor and privilege to be asked to step in as the interim head coach. “We will stay our course and remain focused on our young men and keep them together and have a winning football team this season,” he said.

“I’m ready and up for the task before me.”

While a student athlete, Robinson became the first defensive player to be named as Grambling State’s Most Valuable Player. During his collegiate career, from 1977 to 1981, he helped lead the G-Men to three straight SWAC championships.

Robinson was named the Bayou Classic’s Most Valuable Player in 1980 in the Tigers’ 43-6 victory over the Southern Jaguars. The following year, he was a consensus All-American selection by the Associated Press, Kodak, The Sporting News and the Sheridan Press and also was named the SWAC’s Defensive Player of the Year.