Meyer Accepts Eddie Robinson Trophy

Citing all the good things that Eddie Robinson stood for during a coaching career that spanned 408 victories at Grambling State University, Florida Coach Urban Meyer accepted the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year trophy Thursday night at a special reception at the Best Western Gateway Grand Hotel in Gainesville. Meyer won the award for taking Utah to a 12-0 record with a Fiesta Bowl win over Pittsburgh and a final fourth place national ranking.

The award was presented by Steve Richardson, president of the Football Writers Association of America, and Michael Watkins, Eddie Robinson's grandson and president and chief executive officer of the Eddie Robinson Foundation.

Also honored at the reception was Jack Hairston, the former sports editor of the Jacksonville Journal and Gainesville Sun. Hairston was the 1982 president of the FWAA and is a member of its Hall of Fame. Hairston was honored as one of 28 living sports writers with more than 50 years service to the FWAA.

In accepting the award, Meyer talked about how football has less to do with X's and O's and more to do with the development of character in the young men that he coaches.

"Winning football games has so little to do with what offense is or what defense is," said Meyer, who went on to mention all the good things that college football accomplishes such as providing opportunities for young men to earn a college degree and a chance at a meaningful life with an education in exchange for playing football for four years.

Meyer begins his first season as the University of Florida's football coach Saturday night against Wyoming. Meyer takes a 39-8 record into the game and a 16-game winning streak as a head coach.

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