DALLAS (FWAA) - The Allstate Sugar Bowl
is the new presenting sponsor for the Football Writers Association
of America's Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award,
which is presented annually to the top head coach in the NCAA's
Football Bowl Subdivision.
The Sugar Bowl will be the host for the FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach
of the Year reception and help with other facets of the award which
last season was claimed by Auburn Coach Guz Malzahn.
"The Sugar Bowl Committee is proud to join the FWAA in honoring
the country's top collegiate coach and at the same time recognizing
Louisiana's own, Eddie Robinson, one of the greatest coaches of
all time and a member of our own Greater New Orleans Sports Hall
of Fame," said Allstate Sugar Bowl CEO Paul Hoolahan. "We certainly
appreciate the work of the FWAA and are excited about this partnership."
The winner of the 2014 FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year
Award will be announced on Dec. 15 and later presented the bust
of Coach Robinson on Jan. 10, 2015, at a reception in Dallas in
conjunction with the College Football Playoff National Championship
"The Eddie Robinson family is excited to be affiliated with the
Allstate Sugar Bowl held in New Orleans and anticipates a flourishing
relationship with them sponsoring the Eddie Robinson (FWAA) Coach
of the Year Award for many years to come," said Eddie Robinson III,
grandson of the legendary coach.
The FWAA has presented its Coach of the Year Award since 1957.
Robinson, a coaching legend at Grambling State University, has been
the award's namesake since 1997.
"It is our distinct pleasure to announce that the Sugar Bowl
will serve as the sponsor for the annual Eddie Robinson Coach of
the Year Award that is selected by the Football Writers Association
of America," said 2014 FWAA President Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman.
"This is a truly wonderful award that our association has given
to the elite coaches of the game since 1957," Bohls added. "It is
so fitting that the Sugar Bowl helps us honor the winningest coach
in Division I (408 games) because he was born in Jackson, Louisiana
and coached for 56 years at Grambling State, located in the same
state as the Sugar Bowl. Eddie Robinson helped set the standard
for coaching his entire career and brought dignity and respect to
In 1975, with one of his greatest teams quarterbacked by eventual
All-Pro Doug Williams, Robinson's Grambling State team and Alcorn
State became the first college teams to play a game in the Superdome,
the venue where the Sugar Bowl is played annually. For many years,
Coach Robinson's teams played Southern University in the Bayou Classic
at the New Orleans dome.
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 was named by the FWAA in 1966 as "The Coach Who Made
the Biggest Contribution to College Football in the Past 25 Years."
He took his teams often on the road to places such as the Superdome,
the Cotton Bowl, the Astrodome, Tiger Stadium and Yankee Stadium.
And with his star-studded array of players, Robinson helped integrate
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 a 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 professional
A member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Robinson has the
keys to cities all over the planet, has been awarded in every form
and fashion and has honorary degrees from many schools. The Eddie
Robinson Museum is now open in his honor in Grambling, where numerous
memorabilia reside, including his bust for the FWAA/Eddie Robinson
Coach of the Year Award. In addition, the Coach Eddie Robinson bust
will be displayed at the new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself
as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted
23 national champions, 86 Hall of Fame players, 46 Hall of Fame
coaches and 15 Heisman Trophy winners in its 80-year history. The
81st Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic on January 1, 2015, will
be an integral part of a new era in college football as it will
be one of the first playoff semifinal games in the College Football
Playoff which begins with the 2014 season. In addition to football,
the Sugar Bowl Committee is involved with various community initiatives
through hosting and sponsorships of sporting events, awards and
clinics. For more information, visit allstatesugarbowl.org.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization
founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,400 men and women who cover college football.
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 FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson
at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-870-6516.
The FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award is a member of the
National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA).
The NCFAA encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football.
The 21 awards boast nearly 700 years of tradition-selection excellence.
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