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The situation surrounding Grambling football appears to be going from bad to worse.  Players did not show up for practice today in the wake of a meeting with school officials yesterday, which included university president Frank Pogue and athletic director Aaron James.  The school has made no comment since firing head coach Doug Williams last month.

Players had called the meeting to get information on the firing and why the team had to ride busses to games the last two weeks in Indianapolis and Kansas City.  The Shreveport Times reports players walked out after the meeting became increasingly negative.

Junior linebacker Steve Orisakwe posted his frustration on twitter saying, every week we go against the opposing team, their fans, our fans and our president. This team has been in turmoil since Doug Williams was fired last month.

In September, interim head coach George Ragsdale said he didn't care what the NCAA had to say about players choosing schools because of the university.  Ragsdale said players choose schools because of the coaches and on the day Williams was fired Ragsdale said, "I'll bet 95% of the kids on this team are here because of Doug Williams."

The Tigers are 0-7, and the last two weeks have been beaten by a combined score of 79-3.  Earlier this week, before what is now being viewed as a player mutiny, Alex Anderson went to Grambling and found a coach with a job he is not likely to keep trying to do it as best he can.

Saturday's 48 to nothing loss to Alcorn state capped off yet another tough week for Grambling.  With the losses piling up, interim coach George Ragsdale says his players will have to be held accountable if they have any chance at turning this thing around.

Ragsdale said, "It's a game, but I'd like to take this game and interject life to these guys.  You can't not pay your bills two months in a row and not have someone come knock on your door.  So if you drop this ball two games in a row, Coach Rags is going to come knock on your door.  You're going to be over here with me.  Not saying you won't get your chance, but you're going to have to pay some interest.  Interest for me will be a couple catches."

And things don't get much easier for the G-men this week as they'll head to Jackson State to play a Tiger team that is undefeated in SWAC play.  "If you're a real man, if you're a real football player, wouldn't it be great to beat these guys?" Ragsdale said.   "Wouldn't it be great?  Those are the kind of challenges I love.  I know I can't play anymore, but those are the challenges I used to feast off of.  They are the best of the best in our division right?  So if I whoop that butt, what does that mean?  It means we're coming.  It definitely doesn't mean we're the best of the best because you can look at our record, but it means we're coming."

While the tigers can't fix a season in one game, Coach Ragsdale still has his sights set on the bigger picture.  "I tell my guys, listen, there's a lesson in this for you.  When you get your heads out of the sand you kill a gnat with a sledge hammer.  Don't you forget what you've been going through."

Regarding the search for a new coach, the school has issued a release that it's formed a search committee, but has made no actual comment.  KTBS 3 sports knows of at least one prominent coach who has reached out to the school in an effort to inquire about the job, but has gotten no response.

 

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