DALLAS (FWAA) – The Football Writers Association of
America's Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award announcement
and reception, sponsored by the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, will
be held in New York City in 2010 in conjunction with the annual
National Football Foundation Awards Dinner in early December.
season's Coach of the Year announcement will be made on the afternoon
of Mon., Dec. 6 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, the day before the
annual NFF Banquet is held at the same venue. A reception and news
conference are planned to announce the winner, which is expected
to be carried live on ESPNews.
"We at the FWAA will be honored to present our Eddie Robinson
Award every December in New York City," said Tim Griffin, the Football
Writers Association of America's 2010-11 president. "It's only natural
that college football's most revered award for coaching excellence
will now be announced along with the festivities of the National
Football Foundation's annual awards dinner. The fact it will be
announced in the nation's media center makes it even more exciting.
We are thrilled with our upcoming opportunity."
"The Fiesta Bowl is honored to be involved with the Eddie Robinson
Award," Fiesta Bowl chairman Duane Woods said. "This move will allow
the most prestigious national coaching award to reach an even broader
audience. We are grateful to the National Football Foundation and
the FWAA for their efforts in making this happen."
Coach Robinson's son, Eddie Jr., is expected to be on hand for
the announcement, which will be attended by other coaches, former
Grambling players and coaches of the year, Fiesta Bowl, FWAA and
NFF officials, as well as specials guests and members of the media.
"The Eddie Robinson family is very excited about helping to bring
this award ceremony to New York City," Eddie Robinson Jr. said.
"Our family's relationship with this great city goes back at least
four decades when in 1968 Grambling played Morgan State before a
large crowd at Yankee Stadium. I am certain that my late father
would be just as excited as we are."
The late Eddie Robinson is the winningest coach in Division I
history (408 wins) and the move to present this award in New York
City is a natural. The Grambling Tigers, which Robinson coached
from 1941-97 played numerous regular-season games at Yankee Stadium
starting in the late 1960s and into the 1970s and later at the Meadowlands
in New Jersey.
Robinson, who passed away on April 3, 2007, won 70.7 percent
of his games during his illustrious career. Robinson's teams won
or tied for 17 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championships
after joining the league in 1959. His Tigers claimed nine Black
College Football Championships during his career spent all at the
Robinson, who was named by the FWAA in 1966 as "The Coach Who
Made the Biggest Contribution to College Football in the Past 25
Years," often took his show on the road to places such as the Louisiana
Superdome, the Cotton Bowl, the Astrodome, Tiger Stadium and the
aforementioned Yankee Stadium. And, with his star-studded array
of African-American players, Robinson helped integrate professional
In 1949, Grambling standout Tank Younger was the first player
from a Historically Black College to sign with an NFL team (Los
Angeles Rams). By 1963, Buck Buchanan became the first player from
a Historically Black College to be selected first overall in the
professional draft (American Football League by the Kansas City
Chiefs). Over the years, Robinson produced a who's who of professional
football players, with more than 200 of his former players dotting
In 1975, with one of his greatest teams quarterbacked by eventual
All-Pro Doug Williams, Robinson's Grambling team and Alcorn State
became the first college teams to play a game in the Louisiana Superdome.
The next season, Robinson's Tigers, along with Morgan State became
the first American college football teams to play in Japan.
A member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Robinson has the
keys to cities all over the planet, has been honored in every form
and fashion and has honorary degrees from many schools.
In February, the Eddie Robinson Museum was opened in his honor
in Grambling, La., where much of his memorabilia now resides, including
a bust of the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award.
The FWAA, Fiesta Bowl and Eddie Robinson and family have been
joined together since the 1998 football season. The FWAA coach of
the year award took on the legendary Coach Robinson as its namesake
during the 1997 football season, his final season as Grambling's
Last season, TCU's Gary Patterson won the Eddie Robinson Award
after leading the Horned Frogs to an unbeaten regular season and
an appearance in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, the school's first-ever
Bowl Championship Series berth. Over the past 14 years, winners
of the award have included Alabama's Nick Saban, Florida's Urban
Meyer, Rutgers' Greg Schiano, Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer, Ohio
State's Jim Tressel, Oklahoma's Bob Stoops and Maryland's Ralph
The FWAA has chosen a Coach of the Year since the 1957 football
season, when Ohio State's Woody Hayes won the inaugural award. The
winning coach is selected by a vote of the entire membership after
finalists are nominated by the association's All-America committee
and placed on a ballot.
The Eddie Robinson Award is a member of the National
College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded
in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to
protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige
of the game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism
and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards
and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information,
visit the association's official website, ncfaa.org.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit
organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,100 men and
women across North America who cover college football for a living.
The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists,
as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game.
The FWAA works to govern areas that include gameday operations,
major awards, and its annual All-America team.
For more information about the Eddie Robinson Award, visit eddierobinsonaward.com
or footballwriters.com. For more information FWAA and its member
and awards programs, contact Executive Director Steve Richardson
(firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-713-6198).
• Eddie Robinson Award
• All-time FWAA Coaches
of the Year