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Robert Stephens, Featured Writer

What happened at Grambling?


October 25, 2013 - Let’s take a look at the chronological events that took place this past week at Grambling

On Tuesday the student athletes on the University football team met with the President Frank Pogue, interim coach George Ragsdale, athletic director Aaron James and
Student government president Jordan Harvey.

Bus travel to games in Kansas City and Indianapolis along with the firing of head coach Doug Williams were on the table. Also on the agenda was the players not receiving
all meals on road trips and the state of the weight room on campus.

Wednesday saw the entire team boycott the scheduled practice.

On Thursday interim coach George Ragsdale was replaced by Dennis Winston.

Friday 22 members of the football team showed up for the bus ride to Jackson State. At 4:30 Grambling officials decided to cancel the game. Earlier in the day athletic director Aaron James said that the weight room would receive a $32,000 renovation in the coming weeks.

Saturday, Jackson State held its homecoming parade and a scrimmage was held at the stadium. Officials at Jackson State offered to refund all ticket holders.

On Monday with former head coach DougWilliams according to news sources talking with his players they returned to practice in preparation for their next game.

James “SHACK” Harris member of the Grambling Legends Inc. and Friends of Football had previously funded a football practice field and locker room over the summer. According to Harris when they offered to fund a weight room they were rejected? The Grambling Foundation is the official fundraising arm of the university. According to sources Harris has petitioned the University several times to become an umbrella under the Foundation.

I saw a picture of the weight room and from the naked eye it was not a pretty site.

The Bison tracked down and defeated FAMU (photo property of FAMU)

The National College Players Association, a recent upstart organization, and president Ramogi Huma supports athletes right to outside income - (Johnny Manziel) is their poster boy - has already weighed in. This could turn out to be the NCAA’s worst nightmare, although the big $ money programs don’t encounter these types of problems.

So, Robert what do you say?

Where there is smoke their’s fire. This problem did not appear this past week. The first mistake they made was to fire a beloved icon coach in Doug Williams in the middle of the season. Williams is at the top of the food chain in a legendary football program a Super Bowl MVP as well as champion.

James Harris, one of the first black quarterbacks in the history of the NFL, has also weighed in with his organization willing to fund the weight room and being denied the opportunity to do so. Harris is willing to play by the rules as he relayedc the alumni are not able or doing their part in giving back and supporting the program.

It is also seems that Williams, who had secured the money for the program, was caught in a power play move with him having no power.

This has been brewing for some time and for a team such as Grambling with their rich history falling on hard times there are other factors involved. This was a sad weekend for the Louisiana school who at one time had more pros in the NFL than some of the big $BCS programs before integration.

They will be able to fix this but there are a whole lot of egos that have to be left at the door.

By the way the first person I would call would be Harris and the gang at Grambling Legends Inc. Listen to the legends they just might have the knowledge on how to fix this program.

The Howard Bison stopped a 4 game losing streak in Tallahassee defeating Florida A&M 21-10 before a homecoming crowd of 15,342 at Bragg Stadium.

Anthony Philyaw rushed for 121 yards as the Bison spoiled the Rattlers homecoming as they did two years ago. William Parker rushed for 60 yards as the Bison rolled up 254 yards on the ground to secure their first MEAC win.

Howard improved to 2-5 (1-3) in MEAC Conference play. The Bison will hosts Morgan State Saturday and the kickoff is set for 1pm.

In the marquee game of the weekend Florida State (6-0) destroyed Clemson 51-14 at Death Valley. The Seminoles rolled up 565 yards in total offense. 195ballerz.com former poster athlete Jameis Winston finished the night 22-34 444 yards an 3tds. The Seminoles only for now gave the BCS a major headache with that performance against a top 5 team.

Never to be outdone Oregon’s video game offense tuned up Washington 62-38 in their PAC-12 Conference contest. The Ducks rolled up 719 yards total offense improving to 7-0 on the season. Alabama (7-0) mauled Arkansas 52-7. Auburn (6-1) edged Texas A&M (5-2) 45-41. Missouri (7-0) that’s right Missou beat Florida (4-3) 36-17. Ohio State (7-0) beat Iowa 34-24. Baylor (6-0) continues to put up the big numbers jumping on Iowa St. 71-7. Miami Hurricane (6-0) got out of Chapel Hill with a 27-23 ACC Conference win. Texas Tech (7-0) defeated West Virginia 37-27.



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