SWAC FOOTBALL : ” FROM WORST TO FIRST”…FOBBS HAS PUT THE “G” BACK INTO GRAMBLING…

Good morning, Let’s get right to it….The Grambling State Tigers have long had a history of dominance in the SWAC for over 50 PLUS years. With Eddie Robinson and Collie Nicholson leading the way, the Tigers went from a small rural community college for the Colored to a traveling show in the early 70’s. Robinson’s team always had size and talent to go along with a punishing brand of football. Add Nicholson, the Tigers hit the airwaves like a new pair of shoes. With nicknames that would catch an ordinary person’s eye, GSU would put on a show like no other. The Tigers dominanted Black College Football for many years. As it would have , intergration would eventually effect the Tigers as well as every HBCU school. As the 70’s approached, the Tigers still remained dominant as DOUG WILLIAMS , GARY BIG HAND JOHNSON, CHARLIE JOINER amaong others would take the last leg of greatness. However, as the 80’s moved in, the Tigers were eventually caught by schools like Jackson State, Alcorn State , and Southern. As Robinson had gotten up in age, the Tigers play had caught them as well. As the 90’s came upon, Doug Williams returned as coach to lead them to 3 straight titles . Rod Broadway followed with another one in the next century. Williams returned for his second stint , however, it wasn’t as great as his first. The Tigers dipped into a 2 YEAR LOSING STREAK which lead to his departure as well as others who followed. Until 2014, former Tiger who played under Eddie Robinson returned and now has returned the Tigers to glory. Brian Fobbs, a former All SWAC RB returned as head coach to take over a program that was smittened with negativity after the Tigers boycotted the JSU game for lack of facilites as well as poor travel habits just to name a few. The national media brought negative attention to the school as well as to the program. In comes a new president and new AD. The Fobbs hire was a great hire for both sides. Fobbs , a local from Monroe knows the territory well and can recruit like no other. Fobbs had a tough Spring trying to weed out dead heads as well as implement his style of play and philosohy towards the players. After a grinding summer, the 2014 Tigers reported to camp ready to break the mold. With three straight losses to Lamar , Houston and BCC, it looked like the Tigers would continue their losing ways. However, Fobbs instilled the same philosphy that Eddie Robinson instilled in him.  ” Beleiving in oneself would eventually lead to better results.”. As the Tigers prepped for thier much anciapated trip to JSU , the team rallied around Fobbs and took that Robinson philosophy and defeated JSU IN jACKSON TO BREAK INTO THE WIN COLUMN. GSU took that win into the Cotton Bowl and defeat PVAMU 26-20. The Tigers had finally arrived but a trip to Huntsville would validate their claim and with a 38-28 whipping of the AAMU Bulldogs, GSU was back. Heading home with a 3-0 SWAC record with league leading Alcorn State set to visit, it would put GSU on top with a victory. The Tigers raced to a 21-0 lead and they held on to defeat the Braves 28-21. Now Coach Fobbs have taken the GMEN from WORST TO FIRST. Fobbs has done something no other Tiger coach could do and that’s transform young guys minds from losing to winning. Fobbs also garnered much respect from GSU Administration as well as formewr Alumni who was sick of watching the Tigers suffered loss after loss. With a Homecoming date with UAPB looming, thet Tigers could be making history again heading into their Thanksgiving weekend matchup agains defending SWAC CHAMP AND RIVALS , Southern University underfeated and playing for a trip to Houston for the SWAC Championship game. But as Eddie would say, let’s take on game at a time………….realksportsrealtalk.

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