Grambling State players returned to practice last Monday, ending a near week-long boycott, which included forfeiting their game against Jackson State last Saturday.
After a conversation with former head coach, Doug Williams, the team returned to the practice field following a statement to media by Grambling safety Naquan Smith. “Although we are going to continue our season, we have not forgotten the situation and how we’ve gotten here,” Smith stated with 83 teammates standing behind him, outside of the Eddie G. Robinson Museum, the namesake of legendary Grambling coach.
The situation Smith mentioned included ignored concerns over conditions of the athletic facilities, travel arrangements for away games, and the unstable coaching state. The team boycotted practice two consecutive days last week following an unproductive meeting with University President Dr. Frank Pogue and athletic director Aaron James.
“Go out there and play football,” Williams told his team. This was only three days after Williams previously praised the team’s decision saying “I’m proud of them boys. They took a stance.”
Two head coaching changes for a program who saw one man, Robinson, hold the position for 57 years. During that time, the program recorded a 408-165-15 record, including 45 winning seasons, 17 Southwestern Athletic Conference championships, and nine black football national championships.
No doubt the late Robinson is rolling over in his grave.
The Tigers are 0-9 on the year, as they fell late in overtime against Texas Southern 23-17 over the weekend.
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