According to ShreveportTimes.com, the city of Grambling filed a formal petition to the NCAA requesting that the college governing body vacate some of Joe Paterno’s record 409 Division I victories. In doing so, this would allow for Grambling’s Coach Eddie Robinson to reclaim college football’s winningest coach crown. Joe Paterno surpassed Robinson’s 408 victory mark just two weeks before he was fired for his part in the Jerry Sandusky debacle. Now that the Freeh report exposed Paterno’s role, the city of Grambling wants the record restored to honor and remember a coach of integrity.
City attorney, Pamela Breedlove, with the approval of Grambling Mayor Edward Jones, filed her three page letter because Grambling is such an important part of the community and ”we just believe that you would want to associate the record with someone who had the character of coach Robinson.” Robinson, who died in 2007, won 408 games in his 57-year career with the Grambling Tigers.
The NCAA has yet to comment on the issue.