Aug. 26, 2000
Winchester, Va. -
The Eddie G. Robinson Foundation announced Friday (Aug. 25) that Virginia will open its 2001 football season against Wisconsin in the fourth annual Eddie Robinson Football Classic in the first meeting ever between the two schools.
Named after the former Grambling State University head coach and the winningest coach in college football history, the 2001 Classic is scheduled for Saturday (Aug. 25) with a 4:00 p.m. (eastern) kickoff. Fox Sports Net will televise the game nationally. Game time is subject to change.
Virginia is joined by Florida State, Michigan and Nebraska as the only schools in the nation to have won at least seven games each of the last 13 seasons. Wisconsin has won the Rose Bowl the last two years.
"We are excited to play Wisconsin in the 2001 Eddie Robinson Classic," said UVa head coach George Welsh. "Wisconsin is one of the nation's top teams and this is a great opportunity for us. We also look forward to playing in Camp Randall Stadium, which will provide an atmosphere that is the essence of college football. Eddie Robinson is one of the legendary coaches in college football history and it's an honor for us to play in a game named for him."
This game marks the third time the Cavaliers have opened their season with a "preseason bowl" game. In 1989 UVa lost to Notre Dame 36-13 in the Kickoff Classic and fell to Michigan 18-17 in the 1995 Pigskin Classic.
"We are truly honored and excited to get a chance to play in next season's Eddie Robinson Classic," said Wisconsin head coach Barry Alvarez. "Being involved in one of college football's premiere events is something our coaches, players and fans will relisih for many years. Our city and fans will truly enjoy hosting the event and witnessing a first-rate college football game between two outstanding institutions."
The Eddie G. Robinson Foundation serves as the charity of the event and will receive a large portion of the funds. The foundation is a non-profit organization founded by the Robinson family in 1997 to serve as a catalyst for the fulfillment of the hopes and dreams of the youth of America. Through merit and need-based scholarships, grants, and charitable contributions, the foundation creates better citizens for America by providing promising youth an opportunity to excel in the most competitive society in the world. Specifically, the foundation assists high school seniors to realize the goal of a college education, foster the potential of the eight grade students to achieve a college education, and grant opportunities for participation in academic and athletic encampments.
"On behalf of the Eddie G. Robinson Foundation and myself, we are extremely excited about playing the 2001 Eddie Robinson Football Classic at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisc., which will feature two of the top football programs in the University of Wisconsin and the University of Virginia. It will be a tremendous opportunity for both schools' fans to see a great football game and with the revenues generated from this game, it will provide us the opportunity to better the lives of America's youth through our scholarship program and further their educations," said legendary Hall of Fame coach Eddie Robinson.