Posted October 18, 2013

Report: Grambling State to play Saturday despite players’ no-show at practice

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Grambling's 17-game losing streak has already seen head coach Doug Williams fired and now has given rise to player protests. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)

Grambling’s 17-game losing streak has already seen head coach Doug Williams fired and now has given rise to player protests. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)

Grambling State’s game against Jackson State scheduled for Saturday will go on as planned despite mass upheaval among Grambling players surrounding treatment of the roster and other administrative decisions, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports.

On Tuesday night, university officials met with Grambling’s football team to show support for the FCS Southwestern Athletic Conference program, which is in the midst of a 17-game losing streak and fired its coach, Doug Williams, two weeks into the season.

Tuesday evening, GSU president Frank Pogue, athletic director Aaron James and Student Government President Jordan Harvey met with the team to show support for the 0-7 start.

But losing is just part of the team’s frustrations. Among the issues raised in the meeting were long bus trips to Kansas City and Indianapolis, and the firing of head coach Doug Williams earlier this season.

Players voiced frustration with the school’s leaders and abruptly walked out of the meeting. On Wednesday the team did not show up for practice, and Grambling’s regular practice on Thursday was canceled.

According to Matt Vines of The Times in Shreveport, La., interim coach George Ragsdale has been fired, with defensive coordinator Dennis Winston named interim coach. Winston is the school’s third head coach in five weeks.

The players reportedly held a team meeting on Thursday and decided to play against Jackson State on Saturday. The game kicks off at 3 p.m. ET in Jackson, Miss.

16 comments
Haddock
Haddock

I would be interested in hearing in how the rest of the school is doing. Not well I bet. Shutting down the football program to save the history department would be a smart thing to do. Football is a nice to have, not a must have for an institute of higher education.

Adolfis
Adolfis

When I read about how Williams obtained the flooring for their weight room that Pogue locked away somewhere that shed all the light I needed. When you are so blatant about your disregard for player safety that you put your 12 year old hat on and stomp your feet and hide the recently purchased flooring because your mad.... 

FIRE POGUE and get Condi Rice in their to clean it up! She will turn it around. Heck she is about to single handedly save College Football.

Cinti-fan
Cinti-fan

So this game is now cancelled?

fcrittenden
fcrittenden

Eddie Robinson is rolling over in his grave.

Ciscos
Ciscos

One of the biggest problems with Grambling is they don't support the football program like they need too. I totally understanding the financial landscape black colleges exist under.  However, they sat still and rode the genius of Eddie Robinson for so long, that quite frankly - they got lazy.  Now more than several years later, they still haven't figured it out.  Firing Doug Williams may have been a feel good move, but the program lost a marketable face.

Geez, Grambling, you do have a business school... tap into the budding marketing geniuses on your campus and the economic majors and develop an action plan.  Just because you don't have the budget similar to LSU and can pull talent like they do, doesn't mean you accept your current state.  Put in the effort and get it done.

By the way, having players ride the bus to places like Kansas City and Indianapolis is idiotic.  You need your backsides kicked for even thinking that was acceptable to put your team thru.

UleNotknow
UleNotknow

"GSU president Frank Pogue... met with the team to show support for the 0-7 start." 

Yay team. Keep it up boys.

Grambling  should cancel the rest of the season along with all football scholarships and start with all freshmen next year. They couldn't be worse than they are now and the "attitude" would be gone.

amorosotom
amorosotom

You know when the south decided to integrate, it hurt the football programs of the black colleges. Grambling used to be a powerhouse in the '50's. Now Alabama,Ole Miss and LSU recruit the best black players. Sad really that integration, a positive good, hurts the black colleges. 

TeamCropDusters
TeamCropDusters

The fact that these players chose these tactics explains EXACTLY why they are 0-7, and what, 1-18 the last two seasons?  Bunch of asz clowns all around in this situation.

clt0002
clt0002

Shreveport is in Louisiana not Alabama. 

Ciscos
Ciscos

@UleNotknow ~ Cancel the season?? Thank Gawd you have zero influence in college athletics. My goodness, if you're near any high school programs they need to hit you with a stay away order that covers a 10 mile radius.

bbowens8
bbowens8

@amorosotom  Not just the schools but all the small businesses in the black community were hurt or closed, and of all places Alabama, Miss, Georgia, LSU,  are the ones who are now reaping the benefits these parent s who allow their kids to go to those schools and make all that money for States the still hate blacks is so pathetic.

Ciscos
Ciscos

@TeamCropDusters ~ The only thing you got right was the clowns around the program, but it's certainly not the players.  Just remember, the effort given on the field is equal to the effort given to the program - and that starts at the top.

bbowens8
bbowens8

@clt0002  Who would know the difference they are both crappy states.