Grambling Players Grumble; Get Third New Coach This Season
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Traditional HBCU -- Historical Black College and University -- powerhouse Grambling University is shaking up its coaching staff for the second time this season.
Coach George Ragsdale has been re-assigned within the program and defensive coordinator Dirt Winston as assumed the helm as the Tigers' third head coach this season.
Tuesday, players from the football team attended practice but afterward walked out on a meeting with the school's administration. They boycotted practices Wednesday and Thursday.
According to the story in USA Today, players are not happy with the way they're being treated The Tigers have lost 17 straight and are currently 0-7 this season, which prompted the administration to fire head coach Doug Williams. You might remember him as the first African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl.
The meeting took place to not only address the firing of Williams in mid-September, but issues such as players not receiving all meals on road trips, taking a bus to distant locations such as Kansas City and Indianapolis, and the poor state of facilities like the weight room.
Another reason players are upset is one of their own who spoke up on their behalf was kicked off the team. As recently as 2011, the Tigers won the SWAC under Williams, but somewhere along the line, things have taken a turn for the worse. From the sounds of it, that may explain the poor play.
Who wants to perform for a school or administration that doesn't take care of its players?
This is a sad and embarrassing situation for one of the best black college programs of all-time.
Makes you wonder, what would Eddie Robinson think?