Quantcast

Grambling players' revolt ends, conflict does not - KTBS.com - Shreveport, LA News, Weather and Sports

Grambling players' revolt ends, conflict does not

Posted: Updated:
GRAMBLING, La. -

The once-proud football program at Grambling State has been in turmoil since head coach Doug Williams was abruptly fired last month.  The 1-10 record of a year ago has morphed in to 0-7 this season and now a week of turmoil never before seen.  Players walked out of a Tuesday meeting with administrators then failed to show up for practice Wednesday.  Tatum Everett went to Grambling for what became a day unlike any other.

Locked out and guarded was the scene Thursday afternoon at the same time Grambling State was supposed to be preparing for their Saturday match-up at Jackson State.  You could also say that's the state of the Tigers football program.  The university confirmed Thursday that they relieved interim head coach George Ragsdale of his duties and named defensive coordinator Dennis "Dirt" Winston as their third head coach this season.

"The situation with Coach Rags, as a team, was a personal issue. It felt like it got out of hand. Why would you play for somebody who's disrespected you?" senior defensive back Naquan Smith said.

"Ragsdale has been reassigned to go in another direction, at this time and he'll be helping us in other ways," Grambling State University spokesman Will Sutton confirmed.

Instead of showing up to 5 p.m. practice, some of the players held a student rally to voice their concerns about the university's administration.  Although the players said they would only come back with Ragsdale gone, their main concern is Grambling State's president Dr. Frank Pogue.

"We feel like his lack of leadership is what's going on today.  I think as a team, we want him to step down and resign," Smith elaborated.  "None of this would have happened if the leadership and the authority and the administration was doing what's right."

"The president addresses the students everyday, every day.  You show me another president who goes to practices, who goes to band practices, who eats in the cafeteria," Sutton expressed.  "It's very important to know that our president wanted to meet with the football team September 11th, not Tuesday.  Our president was advised not to do that by our coach and he went with their advise and counsel."

"When we tried to talk about why Coach Williams was fired, they couldn't really say anything. He was a father to us.  It's the second game of the season and you say he's been fired.  After the ULM game, the football team had the mindset that we were rolling and now the whole program is like wow," Smith said.

Despite a tumultuous week, Grambling State still plans on playing Jackson State Saturday.

"No concerns, we are going to play the players that want to play," Sutton added.

It is not sounding like the problems between players and school are anywhere near over as the university has threatened to take away scholarships and the players are already in discussions on hiring an attorney.

 

  • College FootballMore>>

  • Cop once drew gun on squirrel-hunting QB Winston

    Cop once drew gun on squirrel-hunting QB Winston

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:56:45 GMT
    Police say Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and Florida State teammate Chris Casher were held at gunpoint by campus police nearly two years ago while hunting squirrels with a pellet gun.
    Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and Florida State teammate Chris Casher were held at gunpoint by campus police nearly two years ago while hunting squirrels with a pellet gun, police say.
  • Cincinnati picked to win American

    Cincinnati picked to win American

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:19 AM EDT2014-07-29 13:19:15 GMT
    Cincinnati has been picked to win the American Athletic Conference, with defending champion Central Florida second.
    Cincinnati has been picked to win the American Athletic Conference, with defending champion Central Florida second.
  • Penn State hires former Cal AD to lead program

    Penn State hires former Cal AD to lead program

    Saturday, July 26 2014 3:54 PM EDT2014-07-26 19:54:18 GMT
    Penn State has hired Sandy Barbour as athletic director, a month after she stepped down as AD at the University of California-Berkeley.
    Penn State hired Sandy Barbour as athletic director, a month after she stepped down as AD at the University of California-Berkeley.
Section is sponsored by:
AUG 30 6:00pm CDT at Lamar University
SEP 6 6:00pm CDT at University of Houston
SEP 13 4:00pm CDT at Bethune-Cookman University
SEP 20 6:00pm CDT at Jackson State University
SEP 27 4:30pm CDT at Prairie View A&M University
OCT 4 6:00pm CDT at Alabama A&M University
OCT 11 2:00pm CDT Alcorn State University
OCT 18 2:00pm CDT University of Arkansas - Pine Bluff
OCT 25 2:00pm CDT at Texas Southern University
NOV 8 2:00pm CDT at Mississippi Valley State
NOV 15 2:00pm CDT Alabama State University
NOV 29 1:00pm CDT at Southern University
  • SportsMore>>

  • Burns sizzles in Texas, wins Junior PGA Championship

    Burns sizzles in Texas, wins Junior PGA Championship

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:41 PM EDT2014-08-01 23:41:03 GMT
    Sam Burns of Shreveport, Louisiana, claimed the boys’ division title,while Kristen Gillman of Austin, Texas, put together a record-breaking performance to win the girls’ divisionat the 39th Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks. 
    Sam Burns of Shreveport, Louisiana, claimed the boys’ division title,while Kristen Gillman of Austin, Texas, put together a record-breaking performance to win the girls’ divisionat the 39th Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks. 
  • Cowboys hopeful on Claiborne's latest injury

    Cowboys hopeful on Claiborne's latest injury

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:01 AM EDT2014-08-01 04:01:15 GMT
    Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne said he was dealing with tendinitis in his right knee and sat out Thursday's practice. 
    Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne said he was dealing with tendinitis in his right knee and sat out Thursday's practice. 
  • Saints back in pads Thursday

    Saints back in pads Thursday

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:45 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:45:06 GMT
    After Wednesday's day off at Saints training camp, players were back on the field Thursday morning in full pads. 
    After Wednesday's day off at Saints training camp, players were back on the field Thursday morning in full pads. 
Share Your Images
Powered by WorldNow
    Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTBS. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
    Advertising | EEO Public File | KTBS 3 Public File | KPXJ 21 Public File