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Grambling State coach Eddie Robinson.

Grambling State coach Eddie Robinson. (Dallas Baker / ©S&S)

TOKYO — Grambling's Mirage Bowl triumph rolled into the pages of history Sunday but according to a reliable Tiger school source, American football fans in Japan haven't seen the last of head Coach Eddie Robinson.

"Coach Robinson is to return to Japan early in January to help coach the Japan Bowl East team," said Grambling director of public relations Collie Nicholson.

That Tokyo National Stadium bowl clash has been designated the Joe Roth Memorial Bowl game and is scheduled Jan. 14.

The game will be a repeat performance for the same two teams appearing in the Jan. 1 Hula Bowl game in Hawaii.

"I'll look forward to coming back to Japan again," Robinson said in a Mirage Bowl post-game interview Sunday. "I'd also enjoy the chance to bring Grambling back again next year for a second Mirage Bowl game."

Grambling star quarterback Doug Williams also had definite views about participation in the third annual Japan Bowl.

"I'd love to play in it if they'd have me," he said. "That is if Coach Robinson or whoever is heading that East team thinks I'm good enough."

Robinson said that participation in yet another bowl game in Japan in as little as one month's time would be a real feather in anyone's cap.

"It would for anyone," he said. "No matter if it's me, Doug, Mike Moore or any of the Temple staff and players.

"Bringing our brand of football to Japan is a real thrill and I'm always excited when I'm any part of it."

Kickoff time for the Jan. 14 game will be 1 p.m.

Tickets range from 1,500 to 5,000 yen and are available at most Tokyo playguide stands.


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