A once legendary name, the phrase no longer has football fans leaping to their feet and shouting, “We love our Tigers!”
Sadly, the once proud program, known mainly for its iconic coach, Eddie Robinson, is so broken that players have refused to compete.
The Tigers recently forfeited a game, because players were upset about Grambling’s facilities, coaches and lengthy bus trips, among other things. Perhaps secondary to all of this is the fact that Grambling has won just one of its last 18 games.
In a press conference, a Grambling player said the team had decided to return to practice, as he and his teammates unanimously agreed that they had made their point.
Time will tell if he’s right. Will Grambling improve its dilapidated weight room, serve better food on road games and hire more coaches? Is this the answer to restoring Grambling football to its once-proud place among college football’s elite?
I doubt it, and I can’t imaging things were satin and roses for Grambling players decades ago, when Coach Robinson was in greater need of space for his championship trophies than for a weight room.
One must wonder, what would Eddie Robinson do if he were here now?
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