Seizing an Opportunity

The AP has reported that the City of Grambling, home of the Grambling Tigers football team which was coached by the legendary Eddie Robinson, has asked the NCAA to vacate some of Joe Paterno’s wins. Joe Paterno had 409 victories. Eddie Robinson had 408. The city did not specify how many wins should be vacated nor which wins from what seasons. They just think “the record should be associated with someone who had the character of Coach Robinson.”

I’m curious if the city of Grambling would have petitioned the NCAA if Eddie Robinson had, say, 243 victories? Is this about Joe Paterno’s lack of character or is it all about bragging rights? It smacks of a publicity stunt more than concern for what happened at Penn State, which, as it turns out, tarnishes the image of Grambling. And that is something which Eddie Robinson with his great character would surely be against.

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