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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Coach Rob probably wanted a small funeral

Grambling women's basketball coach David "Rusty" Ponton was scheduled to speak at a special fraternity ceremony on Tuesday night honoring former GSU football coach Eddie Robinson. Although Ponton was struggling for the right words, he admitted that coach Rob wouldn't have appreciated all of the hoopla about his funeral.

"Knowing coach Rob like I do, he would be embarrassed about all of this, even though all of us know he deserved it," Ponton said. "He'd be happy if we just went out behind the field house and had a little ceremony. He'd say, 'now that was a nice ceremony.'"

"I told one of our guys that in two minutes, two hours or two days he couldn't say all of the nice things that have been written or said about coach Rob. I told him to just get up there and say what he felt," Ponton said.

Coach Rob was a people person, who cared more about other people than he did himself.


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