Eddie Robinson, the retired Grambling coach and the winningest college football coach in history, has replaced former NBA great Isaiah Thomas as the guest speaker for the 6th annual CSRA Classic on Oct. 22 at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel.
According to Ellis Albright, the executive director of the CSRA Classic, Thomas had a conflict with a contracted appearance for NBC-TV on Oct. 22. Thomas is an NBA analyst for NBC and is a member of the NBA's 50 all-time greatest players.
Robinson retired at Grambling last season after 56 years at the helm of the Division I-AA Grambling, La., school, where he won 405 games. He was replaced by former Tiger and NFL quarterback Doug Williams.
Previous CSRA Classic speakers include Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett, Chicago Bears Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers, former Olympic 100-meter champion Gail Devers and Augusta native and former New York Jets fullback Emerson Boozer.
Robinson's speaking engagement kicks off a weekend of festivities concluding with the Saturday, Oct. 24, football game between Morris Brown and Morehouse. The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game kicks off at 2 p.m. at Lumpkin Road Stadium.
Tickets for the banquet tentatively are $50. Game tickets are $10 in advance and $8.50 for students. Call 722-4222 or 724-7855 for game or banquet ticket information.