Grambling State football players end boycott
Grambling State football players have ended their boycott that resulted in the cancellation of the Tigers’ game against Jackson State, according to Matt Vines of the Shreveport Times.
Vine quoted a statement issued by the team and presented by safety Naquan Smith. The statement said that the players decided to return after consulting with former head coach Doug Williams, who was fired on Sept. 11.
In a text message to USA Today on Friday, Williams said:
“I’m proud of them boys. They took a stance.”
Last week, Grambling players cited dissatisfaction with the school’s administration as reason for their protest, which included walking out of a meeting with administrators, refusing to practice and not showing up for the team’s trip to Jackson.
The program has been in upheaval since Williams was fired two games into the Tigers’ 0-7 start. His replacement, George Ragsdale, was reassigned on Thursday and replaced by Dennis ”Dirt” Winston.
The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced on Sunday that it is working with Grambling officials to “ensure that the appropriate actions are made” to resolve the continuing standoff between the school’s football players and administration.
The SWAC said on Sunday night in a release that Grambling had not been fined for forfeiting its scheduled game on Saturday at Jackson State. SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp had told the Associated Press on Friday that Grambling would be subject to a fine for forfeiting according to the league’s bylaws.