Following a tension-filled week that saw players walk out of an administrative meeting and skip a Wednesday football practice, Grambling has dismissed interim head coach George Ragsdale. Ragsdale was named the interim head coach last month following the firing of head coach Doug Williams. The university named defensive coordinator Dennis Winston the interim head coach of the month and here’s hoping the program can get through the rest of the season without any more changes during the season.
Winston is a former NFL player, who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints and he played college football for Arkansas. He previously was an assistant coach for former Grambling coach Eddie Robinson. Grambling athletics director Aaron James named Winston the team’s latest interim head coach due to his ability to calm things down.
Given the information coming out this week about the level of player satisfaction with the university, Winston is stepping in to a real tough spot. The first task will be to connect with his players, which hopefully goes smoothly as Grambling attempts to turn things around as a program not used to this level of play exhibited over the past season and a half.
Ultimately though it is up to the powers that be at Grambling to make sure the players in their football program have their support. That appears to be lacking given the information previously reported.
UPDATE (10:17 p.m.): USA Today reports Grambling football players skipped practice on Thursday as well.
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A little over two months after getting the boot from Syracuse, Ashton Broyld has found himself a new college football home.
Multiple outlets have picked up on the fact that Broyld is now playing for Div. II West Georgia. Broyld left the Orange listed as a running back, but is playing wide receiver according to the team’s official roster.
There was already a familiar face in the locker room upon Broyld’s arrival as Wayne Williams is playing defensive tackle for the Wolves. Williams announced in late June that he had decided to transfer out of Scott Shafer‘s ‘Cuse program.
“I checked in on them,” Shafer said of his two former players Thursday. “I’m happy to see those guys are still playing football.”
In 2013, Broyld led the team in both receptions (52) and receiving yards (452). Broyld was the Orange’s leading receiver through the first three games last season before a lower-leg injury caused him to miss eight of the last nine games.
In late July, Broyld was dismissed for violating unspecified team rules.
In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”
Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.
At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August. The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.
“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”
Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.