Grambling Football Players Miss Wednesday Practice After Walking Out Of Tuesday Meeting
An ugly year for the Grambling St. Tigers football program has apparently gotten even worse.
The Shreveport Times is reporting that numerous Grambling football players walked out of a Tuesday meeting with several members of the administration, and that the entire team missed a scheduled practice on Wednesday afternoon, in preparation for Saturday's road game against Jackson St.
The report says that Grambling football players met with Grambling St. president Frank Progue, athletic director Aaron James, and interim head coach George Ragsdale on Tuesday, along with the president of the student government, to address some issues, including travel concerns, such as the university not providing meals for players. The players also reportedly addressed their concerns about bussing long distances, instead of flying, as well as the firing of former head coach Doug Williams, who was relieved of his duties last month.
According to the report, the players became frustrated during the meeting, and walked out.
Williams, the former Grambling great, who played in the NFL, and won the Super Bowl XXII MVP Award, was let go after the second game of the season, after the Tigers began the year 0-2, and replaced with Ragsdale, his running backs coach.
Grambling went 8-5 in 2011, to begin Williams' second stint at his alma mater (he was previously head coach from 1998-2003), including a 7-game winning streak to end the season and a Southwestern Athletic Conference championship, but slipped to 1-10 last season, and are 0-7 this year.
In their illustrious football history, Grambling has won 23 SWAC titles, as well as 14 black national football national championships.
Grambling has five games remaining this year, including Saturday's scheduled contest against Jackson St., as well their season finale against the Southern Jaguars, the Bayou Classic, slated for November 30.