Robinson is the new "Bear" of college football

Updated: October 17, 2005, 4:28 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to

Oct. 5, 1985

Here's to you, Mr. Robinson. The nation turns it eyes on Grambling's Eddie Robinson as he surpasses Bear Bryant as the winningest coach in college football history. No. 324 is a 27-7 victory over Prairie View A&M before 36,652 fans at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. As the game ends, his players surround Robinson and chant, "No mo' Bear!"

It is a crying day for the emotional coach. The 66-year-old Robinson sheds tears at an 11 a.m. team meeting, and weeps again in the locker room after the game as he thanks his current players as well as his former players.

Robinson, in his 43rd year at Grambling, has a 324-106-15 record, compared to Bryant's 323-85-17 in 38 seasons. Robinson will retire after the 1997 season with a record of 408-165-15 -- the most wins by a football coach in any college division -- and the pleasure of graduating about 85 percent of his players.