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Doug Williams returning to Grambling

Doug Williams

Seven years after leaving his alma mater for the NFL, Doug Williams is making his way back home yet again.

Williams announced Monday afternoon that he is leaving his position as general manager of the UFL’s Virginia Destroyers to become the head coach at Grambling State. ¬†Williams took over for the legendary Eddie Robinson in 1998 but left to become a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers front office in 2004.

His son D.J. signed with the school earlier this month, providing more than enough incentive for a return.

“I was looking forward to working with the Destroyers, but this is a great opportunity for me and it is very rare that a father gets to coach his son at the college football level,” Williams said in a statement released through the UFL. “I went to school there, I coached there, and now I have a great opportunity to coach there again.”

During his six seasons at Grambling, Williams went 53-17 and his teams claimed three Southwestern Athletic Conference titles.

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4 Responses to “Doug Williams returning to Grambling”
  1. southernpatriots says: Feb 21, 2011 10:23 PM

    Doug Williams is a fine man, and a great asset to a school with a great and storied tradition. He knows the city, the school, the people, and with the added incentive of coaching his own son, we look forward to some great things from Coach Williams in the years to come. He may well be the one to inspire and encourage and to lift the program once again to the lofty heights it once occupied. Welcome home Doug!

  2. edgy says: Feb 22, 2011 10:54 AM

    Glad to see Doug back where he belongs and can be appreciated. He did a great job before and I think he’ll do a great job now. I think that the school will be a better place with him heading the program.

  3. southernpatriots says: Feb 22, 2011 11:35 AM

    edgy: as usual you are right on the money! We know Doug from this playing days in college and in the pros. He was (and is) a fine man, honorable man, and knows how important it is to “father” so many of these young men he coaches. He has his assistants take some under their wing and mentor them and does a wonderful job in molding them into honorable men, when most have never known a proper role model in their lives. If all universities had Coach Williams into their football programs (basketball, track, etc. as well) and had him just train the coaches and staffs on what he does and trains his staff to do with the young men under his charge, there would not be so many driving DUI, getting arrested for other offences, etc. and all of America would benefit from men of character contributing to society, rather than sadly too often being guests of our criminal justice system. Best of everything to Doug and his leadership at Grambling. Watch out Alcorn, watch out Southern, watch out Alabama A&M & Jackson State! Grambling is coming back to its former glory! I would not be surprised if Coach began close to where he left off and within two years being the SWAC champion again. His players will really respect him for his record and accomplishments.

  4. southernpatriots says: Feb 26, 2011 2:32 AM

    We emailed Coach Williams and welcomed him back to his home state and invited him back to his home town some time in the near future. We wished he and his son well in their futures with Grambling and the Grambling team well. We are looking forward to great things once again from Doug and his team. Welcome back Coach!

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