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Grambling dismisses coach for second time this season

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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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12 Responses to “Grambling dismisses coach for second time this season”
  1. bigjdve says: Oct 17, 2013 10:12 PM

    Maybe the coaches aren’t the problem

  2. goodfieldnohit says: Oct 17, 2013 10:53 PM

    If, as reported, players aren’t being fed, then Grambling will be lucky to play a game this season, much less on Saturday.

  3. canetic says: Oct 17, 2013 11:45 PM

    They should send all the players a letter telling them that they won Super Bowl tickets, and when they show up to collect, lock them in the stadium and make them practice.

  4. brewcrewfan54 says: Oct 18, 2013 1:27 AM

    If you’re bashing these players then you haven’t been paying attention to what the administration and the state of LA has done to their program.

  5. hay1111 says: Oct 18, 2013 1:42 AM

    The state/governor has nothing to do with a very poorly run athletic dept.

  6. brewcrewfan54 says: Oct 18, 2013 1:57 AM

    You should do some research.

  7. tombstone7 says: Oct 18, 2013 2:20 AM

    Aaron James needs to be held ACCOUNTABLE! He played BB…So what?

  8. boobsmcgoo says: Oct 18, 2013 10:21 AM

    Dennis “Dirt” Winston!

  9. bloodisred says: Oct 18, 2013 11:07 AM

    ‘brewcrewfan54′ is right — open a new tab and do some research!

    http://deadspin.com/whats-behind-the-grambling-football-teams-protest-1447273282

  10. spankygreen says: Oct 18, 2013 1:34 PM

    Congrats Dennis “DIRT” Winston…….one of my favorite Steelers….

    Let’s go Grambling, get it together…..

    Coach Rob would not approve…..

  11. materialman80 says: Oct 18, 2013 2:29 PM

    A once proud program has descended into chaos….

  12. goodfieldnohit says: Oct 18, 2013 5:14 PM

    Looks like Grambling isn’t going to play football this weekend…

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