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Grambling State fires Head Coach Doug Williams

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GRAMBLING, La. -

It was a major shake up at Grambling State University Wednesday when head football coach Doug Williams was fired.  One could argue, after the legendary Eddie Robinson, Doug Williams is the most significant name in the history of Grambling football.  But 1-10 last year and an 0-2 start this year is apparently more significant.  

Williams will be replaced on an interim basis by running backs coach George Ragsdale, who has a long history in the SWAC.  Williams struggled to bring winning football back to Grambling, but being dismissed just two games in to the new season is unusual.  

The Tigers will be playing this weekend in Kansas City in the Missouri Classic against Lincoln.

 

Here's Grambling State's press release regarding their coaching change:

 

GRAMBLING, LA (September 11, 2013) Grambling State University running backs coach George Ragsdale has assumed head football coaching duties, effective immediately.

Ragsdale becomes interim head coach as the Tigers head to the Missouri Classic in Kansas City with a 0-2 record. The G-Men finished the 2012 season with a record of 1-10. Head football coach Doug Williams was released from his position, effective immediately. The university has decided to move in another direction, buying out the remainder of his contract.

"We recognize Doug Williams' many contributions to our football legacy," said Pogue, "and we express our deep appreciation for his service to Grambling State University and we wish him well in the future."

Ragsdale has coached in the SWAC and MEAC, including coaching at North Carolina A&T State University, Norfolk State University, Morris Brown College and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He was a four-year letterman at A&T, his alma mater, and he still holds the school's all-time rushing record and he helped the school reach its first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championship in 1975. Ragsdale played with the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Washington Redskins. He also played in the United States Football League (USFL) with the Oklahoma Outlaws.

The university will have no further comment at this time.


 

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