Death of a Legend
Eddie Robinson (1919-2007)
Most football fans outside of the South don't know enough about what the late Eddie Robinson meant to the college game over the years. Even people who only briefly met him felt his presence pretty closely for many years. One of those people was Columbia Head Coach Norries Wilson, who talked about his memories of Robinson with the Hartford Courant.
The Courant went on to compare Wilson to Robinson, something that probably humbles the Lion coach quite a bit:
"Robinson's accomplishments on and off the field are not lost on Wilson, who knocked down one barrier after another last year in his first season at Columbia. He became the first black head coach in the Ivy League and the first Columbia coach to win his debut since 1957. The Lions finished 5-5, the first time the program has been at .500 or better since 1996."
Maybe Norries Wilson can become the "Eddie Robinson of the Ivies" and encourage more black players to come to play not just at Columbia, but at all of the eight schools.