Eddie G. Robinson Museum One Step Closer to Reality – Apr 27, 2007
ULS Board Grants Grambling Authority to Lease its Women’s Gymnasium to the State
Lafayette, La. – The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System granted Grambling State University the authority to enter into a new lease agreement with Louisiana’s Office of the Secretary of State to establish the Eddie G. Robinson Museum at its meeting today on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus.
“It is important to have a place for future generations to remember and honor this great man,” said UL System President Sally Clausen. “There is no better location than on the campus of Grambling State University.”
Under the proposed lease agreement, the Secretary of State’s Office will pay Grambling one dollar per year for 99 years to use its Women’s Gymnasium to establish the museum.
“We were on track to finalize an agreement between our office and Grambling State University,” said Secretary of State Jay Dardenne. “[Now] we’re at a wonderful point in time in the life of the museum – to give birth to it so shortly after Coach Rob’s death.”
Responsibilities of the Secretary of State’s office will include:
• Maintaining liability and casualty insurance,
• Providing an interior security system for the building, and
• Providing operating costs including personnel, repairs, improvements, and renovations.
In return, Grambling will provide outside security, grounds maintenance, and telephone and internet connections to the building.
“Coach Robinson is and always will be a ‘Son of Grambling,’ and the museum constructed in his honor will continue his legacy to inspire and educate young people,” said Grambling President Horace Judson. “This museum will bring many persons from all over the world to our campus to experience the life and career of a great coach and educator.”
Eddie G. Robinson passed away on April 3, 2007, at the age of 88. During his 57 years as head football coach at Grambling, he achieved more than 400 career wins, 17 Southwestern Athletic Conference championships, sent over 200 players to the NFL (including four to the Hall of Fame), and was dubbed the “winningest” coach in the history of college football.
“I can think of no greater way to immortalize Coach Eddie Robinson than to ensure his legacy of hope, determination, and extraordinary leadership will be instilled in the hearts and minds of generations to come,” said Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco. “This measure will go before the Bond Commission next month with my full support.”
For more information and .PDF version of the lease agreement, visit www.ulsystem.net.
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