Grambling State University was once one of the pillars of college football under the leadership of the late great hall of fame coach Eddie Robinson, who was at the helm for 57 years until 1997.
He could not have imagined what's going on with the program this season. There is a full-blown player mutiny happening on campus as the team is demanding a new coach and improved travel conditions, among other things.
Thursday, for the second straight day, the team refused to participate in organized practice. According to the Shreveport Times, the players demanded that interim head coach George Ragsdale be relieved. Ragsdale has reportedly been reassigned to other duties at the university and replaced by defensive coordinator Dennis Winston. Ragsdale had replaced Doug Williams, the legendary former Grambling quarterback who was fired last month.
The players have also reportedly demanded that University President Frank Pogue step down. The paper is reporting it is unclear whether or not the players will travel to Jackson State for Saturday's homecoming game in Mississippi. The bus will be ready to roll Friday, and if the players board it, so be it. If not, who knows what will happen next.
Part of the players' complaint has to do with travel. They bus while school officials, reportedly, fly on lengthy trips. The players are also protesting the condition of their practice facilities. The Tigers, by the way, have lost 17 straight games with a record of 0-7 this season.
School officials have not responded to our requests for comment.
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