Allstate Sugar Bowl Announces Corbett and Robinson Award Winners
Thursday, June 3, 2010
The Allstate Sugar Bowl and the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame announced their Corbett Award winners and the annual Eddie Robinson Award honoree on Thursday. All of the 2009-10 honorees will be recognized at a banquet on Friday, July 23 at the Louisiana Superdome.
The Corbett Awards are presented to the top male and female amateur athletes in the state and are based on achievements from the entire 2009 calendar year through May of 2010. This year's winners are both from Louisiana State University. Susan Jackson, of the LSU Gymnastics team, is the female winner, and Louis Coleman, from LSU's 2009 National Champion baseball team, earns the male honor. It is the sixth time since 2000 that LSU has swept both honors.
The Eddie Robinson Award was instituted last year to honor the legendary football coach from Grambling State University; it recognizes an individual who demonstrates the qualities most closely associated with Coach Robinson: outstanding achievement in athletics, academics, sportsmanship and citizenship by maximizing the use of limited resources. This year's honoree is long-time New Orleans prep football coach Eddie Flint.
The Corbett Award was created in 1967 to honor the late James J. Corbett and to commemorate his many contributions to intercollegiate athletics and specifically to the Sugar Bowl. When looking through its history, Corbett Award winners have gone on to great success, including 14 NFL players, six Major League baseball players, four NBA players, including two Hall of Famers, three WNBA players and eight Olympians, including seven Gold Medal winners.
The Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Selection Committee, made up of local media members, honors athletes in a wide-range of categories. In addition to Thursday's release of the Corbett Award winners and the Eddie Robinson Award honoree, the organization released its annual award winners on Tuesday. On Saturday, the Committee will announce its 2010 inductees for the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame, as well as multiple Special Award winners.
Jackson finished her career with three individual titles, a first for the LSU gymnastics program. Her four First Team All-America honors this year make a total of 12 for her career. In addition, Jackson is a two-time SEC vault champion and an SEC beam champion, and as one of the nation's top elite-level performers, she was a four-time member of the USA National Team during her club career. In addition to her school-record performances at the NCAA Championships, she also set the LSU record for all-around titles in a single season with 11. In all, Jackson tallied 45 individual titles in 14 meets - 12 vault titles, 11 all-around, nine bars, seven floor and six beam - to end her career with 74 titles, third most in program's storied history.
In 1967, Eddie Flint and his Purple Knights carried the hopes of the African-American community when St. Aug integrated the LHSAA, essentially wiping out segregation in prep sports in the state.
Flint's work during the sixties laid the foundation for what would become one of the top high school football programs in the country. It was accomplished without gymnasium and locker room facilities. A public playground a block away from the school served as the team's practice field. Flint served as a defensive assistant on the staff of Otis Washington from 1970 to 1979, helping St. Aug win three more state football titles. Following that stint, he was instrumental in helping coach Wayne Reese rebuild football programs at Washington And Carver High Schools in New Orleans. Currently "retired" at age 79, Eddie Flint continues to work with Reese at McDonogh 35 Senior High School.