Report: Entire Grambling football team skips practice, upset with administration

Wednesday October 16th, 2013

Things have continued to go south for Grambling State since Doug Williams was fired last month. (Getty Images) Things have continued to go south for Grambling State since Doug Williams was fired last month. (Getty Images)

The entire Grambling State football team skipped practice Wednesday, a day after the players walked out of a meeting with school administrators, reports the Shreveport Times.

The report states that the football players are upset with the way they are being treated.

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Tempers flared at a meeting with Grambling president Frank Pogue, athletic director Aaron James, interim coach George Ragsdale and student government president Jordan Harvey.

The meeting was called to discuss why the team traveled by bus to games in Kansas City and Indianapolis.

Grambling fired coach Doug Williams last month after the team lost their first two games this season by a combined score of 71-19.

The team is 0-7 this year, after a 48-0 loss to Alcorn State last week. The team had a 1-11 record in 2012.

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More from the Shreveport Times:

University spokesman Will Sutton said the meeting was intended to show the administration’s support for the team and said “some” players left.

“(The administration) knew that emotions were raw,” Sutton said. “No matter what, it was going to be a challenge for the team to feel good after this season and last season.

“That’s part of the reason why we have a new (athletics director) and are looking for a new football coach. The president wanted to make a point that the university supports and appreciates the team and these students, and that the administration will do everything we need to do for the future success of the program.
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