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State commission approves $300,000 for Robinson museum

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Efforts to construct a museum to honor
former Grambling State University football coach Eddie Robinson received a $300,000 in assistance Thursday, with approval from a state money panel.

The museum had $100,000 for planning efforts, and the State Bond
Commission agreed to shuffle another $300,000 in state construction
money to help cover the costs of hiring an architect and designing
the museum.

The Bond Commission also agreed to spend another $1 million to
construct the museum in later years. The spending was approved
quickly and without objection.

Robinson, who died last month, led the football program at
Grambling for 57 years, retiring in 1997 as the winningest coach in
college history with 408 wins. He won 17 conference titles and sent
more than 200 players to the NFL.

A museum for Robinson has been in the works for years but was
slowed by funding problems and disagreements over the museum
location. The college will house the museum at the former women's
basketball gym on the campus.

On top of the state dollars, an additional $2 million is
estimated to be needed to complete the museum.