Quantcast

Grambling looks back to its future; hires Fobbs as head coach - KTBS.com - Shreveport, LA News, Weather and Sports

Grambling looks back to its future; hires Fobbs as head coach

Posted: Updated:
GRAMBLING, La. (KTBS) -

Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue and Athletic Director Aaron James announce the selection of Gramblinite legacy Broderick Lee Fobbs as the next head coach of the university football team.

A second-generation graduate of Grambling State, Fobbs was chosen from a pool of more than 100 candidates. His appointment, effective Monday (Dec. 9), is pending University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors approval. A news conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Doris Robinson Room of the Eddie G. Robinson Museum on the campus.

"I'm elated for the opportunity. Grambling State University is a prestigious institution. It's an opportunity I've always dreamed of at a place where I've always dreamed of being," said Fobbs. "I stand on the shoulders of a number of great men, and many of them coached and mentored me. They instilled in me the importance of GSU's expectations, history and legacy and we're going to do just what they expect and deserve."

Fobbs, the tight ends coach at McNeese State University, was an honors student while playing GSU football in the late 1990s under legendary head football coach Eddie G. Robinson Sr., the NCAA's winningest coach in Division I. He has experience recruiting across Louisiana both at McNeese (FCS school) and the University of Southern Mississippi (FBS school).

"I couldn't be happier that Broderick has agreed to return home and lead our football program back to greatness," said Pogue. "It's obvious that we've had a couple of truly difficult seasons, and that's not something that Grambling State alums and supporters are used to – and we're about to change that with Fobbs."

"We believe Fobbs is the right person to breathe new life into our football program, a Gramblinite who is professional, respectful, a listener, a doer and a strong administrator who understands the multiple roles of a good football coach in athletics and the university as a whole," add Pogue. "This is a guy who knows and understands Grambling State and all of its deep, rich history and the tradition of winning on the field and off the field."

"I've known Fobbs for a number of years," added James, "and I am confident that he is the man for the job. It's a big job with a lot of challenges and a lot of opportunities, but the guy came in with a heck of a plan and a presentation that wowed us."

Since graduating from GSU in 1997 as the son of two Gramblinites, Fobbs coached high school football while in Waco, Texas; worked as a graduate assistant with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette football program and spent five seasons, 2002 to 2007, with Northwestern State University in a variety of coaching positions, including tight ends, receivers and running backs coach. The latter part of Fobbs

career has been at McNeese State with the exception of a 2012 season stint at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Fobbs was a part of multiple championship football teams, including McNeese State's 2009-2010 and 2007-2008 when each team made it to the FCS playoffs and Northwestern State University's conference championship team in 2004-2005. He has a reputation as a strong motivator and leader, coaching a number of successful football players, including Darius Carey, a McNeese State All-American punt returner; Quinten Lawrence, a sixth-round draft pick with the Kansas City Chiefs from McNeese; Steven Whitehead, an All American who played/plays with the New Orleans Saints and Northwestern State's David Pittman, a kickoff return specialist drafted in the third round by the Baltimore Ravens. While coaching at Northwestern State, he recruited and coached Derrick Doyle and Toby Zeigler, two of the most productive receivers in NSU history who rank No. 1 and No. 2 at the school in receptions, respectively.

Fobbs, a native of Monroe, La., will coach with McNeese State as they face the Jacksonville State Gamecocks in an NCAA Division I FCS football championship game at Cowboy Stadium in Lake Charles, La., on Saturday at 6 p.m.

"I want to thank the football head coach search committee for a superb job," said Pogue. "Theirs was a high-level, approach that included a rubric and questions for each candidate, a ranking system and a clear, objective feedback process. I've participated in and led a lot of searches, and this was one of the best I've ever seen."

James thanked the football coaches, especially interim head coach Dennis "Dirt" Winston, for leading the football team through a difficult transition, helping the team become more competitive in the final weeks of the season.

  • College FootballMore>>

  • Penn St. fans plan new statue of Joe Paterno

    Penn St. fans plan new statue of Joe Paterno

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-04-23 20:45:44 GMT
    With one Joe Paterno statue in storage, fans of the late Penn State football coach are commissioning a new one to be placed across from the university.
    With one Joe Paterno statue in storage, fans of the late Penn State football coach are commissioning a new one to be placed across from the university.
  • Obama presents Navy with football trophy, again

    Obama presents Navy with football trophy, again

    Friday, April 18 2014 2:42 PM EDT2014-04-18 18:42:18 GMT
    President Barack Obama says the Navy football team not only had to overcome tough opponents to win the Commander-in-Chief trophy this year but a government shutdown as well.
    President Barack Obama says the Navy football team not only had to overcome tough opponents to win the Commander-in-Chief trophy this year but a government shutdown as well.
  • Strong makes Texas debut with spring scrimmage

    Strong makes Texas debut with spring scrimmage

    Friday, April 18 2014 2:11 PM EDT2014-04-18 18:11:32 GMT
    For the first time since 1997, the Texas Longhorns will suit up for a game without Mack Brown on the sideline.
    For the first time since 1997, the Texas Longhorns will suit up for a game without Mack Brown on the sideline.
  • News NowMore>>

  • Standing tall; Rob Harper Athlete of the Week

    Standing tall; Rob Harper Athlete of the Week

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:19 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:19:39 GMT
    Standing 6 foot 7 Parkway's Rob Harper is hard to miss when he steps on the mound. 
    Standing 6 foot 7 Parkway's Rob Harper is hard to miss when he steps on the mound. 
  • LSU gets slipped a Mickey.. for at least one more year

    LSU gets slipped a Mickey.. for at least one more year

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:11:36 GMT
    LSU freshman All-America forward Jordan Mickey announced in a Wednesday press conference that he will return for his second season as a member of the LSU men's basketball team for the 2014-15 campaign.
    LSU freshman All-America forward Jordan Mickey announced in a Wednesday press conference that he will return for his second season as a member of the LSU men's basketball team for the 2014-15 campaign.
  • Pedestrian accidents on the rise in Shreveport

    Pedestrian accidents on the rise in Shreveport

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:04 PM EDT2014-04-24 02:04:56 GMT
    Remember to look both ways before crossing the street-words we all remember hearing growing up. But officials say all to often that advice is forgotten when our children and teens take to the streets.
    Remember to look both ways before crossing the street-words we all remember hearing growing up. But officials say all to often that advice is forgotten when our children and teens take to the streets.
  • FootballMore>>

  • Seahawks to open NFL season vs. Packers

    Seahawks to open NFL season vs. Packers

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:34 PM EDT2014-04-24 01:34:57 GMT
    As Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks get to kick off the NFL's regular season by hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 4.
    Mike McCarthy promises there won't be any bad memories plaguing his Green Bay Packers when they open the NFL season on Sept. 4 at Super Bowl champion Seattle.
  • Party a century in the making for Wrigley Field

    Party a century in the making for Wrigley Field

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:54 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:54:19 GMT
    For Wrigley Field, it really was the party of a century.
    There was a giant replica cake right next to the Ernie Banks statue, and an old-time band played as fans made their way through the main entrance.
  • Penn St. fans plan new statue of Joe Paterno

    Penn St. fans plan new statue of Joe Paterno

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-04-23 20:45:44 GMT
    With one Joe Paterno statue in storage, fans of the late Penn State football coach are commissioning a new one to be placed across from the university.
    With one Joe Paterno statue in storage, fans of the late Penn State football coach are commissioning a new one to be placed across from the university.
  • National SportsMore>>

  • Dubinsky, Foligno lift CBJ to 1st home playoff win

    Dubinsky, Foligno lift CBJ to 1st home playoff win

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:34:30 GMT
    Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Nick Foligno's wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory...
    In the dressing room after Brandon Dubinsky's late goal forced overtime, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno half-jokingly said he'd get the winner.
  • Pineda tossed for pine tar; Red Sox beat Yanks 5-1

    Pineda tossed for pine tar; Red Sox beat Yanks 5-1

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:24:49 GMT
    Michael Pineda was ejected for using a foreign substance less than two weeks after appearing to get away with it in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 5-1 on Wednesday night.
    Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected for using pine tar less than two weeks after appearing to get away with using a foreign substance in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday...
  • Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97

    Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:04 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:04:39 GMT
    LeBron James scored 32 points and added eight assists, Chris Bosh scored 20 points and the Miami Heat held on to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-97 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the teams' Eastern...
    LeBron James drove to the rim as time was winding down, got clobbered by Josh McRoberts and sat on the hardwood gathering himself for a few seconds afterward.
  • ArkLaTex SlideshowsMore>>

  • ArkLaTex Adoptable Pets

    ArkLaTex Adoptable Pets

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:50 PM EDT2014-04-21 00:50:49 GMT
    There are lots of animals in the ArkLaTex who are looking for that perfect home.
    There are lots of animals in the ArkLaTex who are looking for that perfect home.
  • Easter Bunnies

    Easter Bunnies

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:26 AM EDT2014-04-19 10:26:06 GMT
    Thank you to all of our viewers who sent us pictures of your little Easter bunnies.
    Thank you to all of our viewers who sent us pictures of your little Easter bunnies.
  • Celebrate Education 2014

    Celebrate Education 2014

    Thursday, April 17 2014 3:30 PM EDT2014-04-17 19:30:00 GMT
    Community Projects Director Jan Elkins with donors for the KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home.
    CELEBRATE EDUCATION, and it begins next week at the Shreveport Convention Center.
Section is sponsored by:
AUG 31 6:00pm CDT Alabama A&M University
SEP 7 6:00pm CDT at ULM
SEP 14 4:30pm CDT at Lincoln University of Missouri
SEP 21 5:00pm CDT at Alabama State University
SEP 28 6:00pm CDT Lamar University
OCT 5 4:30pm CDT Prairie View A&M University
OCT 12 2:00pm CDT at Alcorn State University
OCT 19 2:00pm CDT at Jackson State University
OCT 26 2:00pm CDT Texas Southern University
NOV 2 2:00pm CDT Mississippi Valley State
NOV 9 2:00pm CDT at University of Arkansas - Pine Bluff
NOV 30 1:30pm CDT Southern University
  • KTBS 3 News Tips

    Send your news tip or story idea to the KTBS 3 Newsroom.  Enter your email address below to get started.

    * denotes required fields
    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thank you for your submission to KTBS 3 News.  A member of our staff may contact you for more information.

  • SportsMore>>

  • Standing tall; Rob Harper Athlete of the Week

    Standing tall; Rob Harper Athlete of the Week

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:19 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:19:39 GMT
    Standing 6 foot 7 Parkway's Rob Harper is hard to miss when he steps on the mound. 
    Standing 6 foot 7 Parkway's Rob Harper is hard to miss when he steps on the mound. 
  • LSU gets slipped a Mickey.. for at least one more year

    LSU gets slipped a Mickey.. for at least one more year

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:11:36 GMT
    LSU freshman All-America forward Jordan Mickey announced in a Wednesday press conference that he will return for his second season as a member of the LSU men's basketball team for the 2014-15 campaign.
    LSU freshman All-America forward Jordan Mickey announced in a Wednesday press conference that he will return for his second season as a member of the LSU men's basketball team for the 2014-15 campaign.
  • Wallace family leads Castor softball to success

    Wallace family leads Castor softball to success

    Wallace family leads Castor softball to success

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:11:01 GMT
    Castor high school is one of a handful of local softball teams still alive in the playoffs. Co-head coaches Bill and Joy-Dee Wallace and their Lady Tigers have engineered a 16 game win streak and they think it's the family atmosphere of the small school squad. 
    Castor high school is one of a handful of local softball teams still alive in the playoffs. Co-head coaches Bill and Joy-Dee Wallace and their Lady Tigers have engineered a 16 game win streak and they think it's the family atmosphere of the small school squad. 
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