Watch the Will Robinson Tribute Video
Will Robinson will be immortalized next to his greatest pupil, Doug Collins, with a bronze statue
Will Robinson will be immortalized next to his greatest pupil, Doug Collins, with a bronze statue

Jan. 25, 2009

NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State Athletics fans now have an unique opportunity to watch a special tribute video to Redbird coaching legend Will Robinson. During halftime of Saturday's Illinois State-Southern Illinois men's basketball game (ISU won, 70-63), the ISU Athletics Department unveiled a special tribute video to Robinson, who in 1970, became the first black head men's basketball coach at a NCAA Division I school.

The video is free to view, and it is the same tribute video that was shown at halftime of Saturday's men's basketball game.

At the end of the tribute video, Redbird Athletics announced that during the summer 2009, a bronze statue of Will Robinson and Doug Collins, Robinson's most famous pupil at Illinois State, will be unveiled in front of the north entrance of Redbird Arena.

On Friday, the ISU Athletics Department surprised Collins when it showed him the Robinson-Collins statue for the first time. The statue is currently being built at the Rottblatt-Amrany Fine Art Studio in Highpoint, Ill. GoRedbirds.com was there for the entire statue presentation and has an exclusive video of Collins' first reaction to see the statue.

Check out the videos below of the Will Robinson tribute, along with an exclusive video of Collins seeing the Robinson-Collins statue for the first time Friday. GoRedbirds.com also has a photo gallery available below showing Collins seeing the statue for the first time, as well as photos from Saturday's halftime tribute to Will Robinson.

Video  Will Robinson Tribute Video | Video Doug Collins Reacts to Statue Presentation | Will Robinson Tribute Photo Gallery 
Photos Statue Presentation Photos | Photos Franke Gift Funds Robinson-Collins Statue

While enjoying these multimedia presentations, be sure to check out all of the Illinois State Athletics Department's multimedia offerings, which are listed below:

Redbird All-Access | ISU Video Library | ISU on Twitter | ISU's YouTube Page

Both videos are free to watch on Redbird All-Access, the Illinois State Athletics Department's exclusive multimedia platform. Weekly programming schedules and complete Redbird All-Access information are also available online at by clicking here.