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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While the news of late has been littered with the exits of two SEC wide receivers, one team from the Big Ten is welcoming back a player who plays the same position.
In a press release, Rutgers confirmed that Leonte Carroo has been reinstated to the Scarlet Knights football program. The release stated that head coach Kyle Flood, who is suspended himself, “reinstated Carroo after the student-athlete agreed to the conditions of his reinstatement and after he accepted the responsibility that comes with his return to the team.”
The reinstatement comes one day after a domestic violence charge against him was dropped after the alleged victim decided not to testify against he former boyfriend. Carroo had been accused of slamming a woman with whom he had a previous relationship into the concrete outside of the RU football facility last month.
Carroo has missed the last two games (Penn State, Kansas) because of the suspension. He will be eligible to return to practice today and play in Saturday’s game against 10th-ranked Michigan State.
Despite missing those two contests, Carroo is still tops on the team in receiving yards with 181 and tied for the team lead with three receiving touchdowns. He’s also averaging nearly 26 yards per reception.
Carroo led the Scarlet Knights last season in receptions (55), receiving yards (1,086) and receiving touchdowns (10).
It’s been a bad week for talented SEC wide receivers.
On the heels of Auburn giving the boot to D’haquille Williams following an alleged bar rampage, Tennessee announced Wednesday that Pig Howard has been dismissed from Butch Jones‘ football program. Violations of unspecified team rules was the only explanation offered.
Howard had been suspended for the season opener for the same reason due to an unspecified incident several months before. It’s unknown if the dismissal is related in any way to that suspension.
Injuries had allowed the senior to play in just two games this season, against Oklahoma and Western Carolina. He had one reception for eight yards, with that coming in the overtime loss to the Sooners.
The past two seasons, Howard led the Vols in receiving with 54 and 44 receptions in 2014 and 2013, respectively. He accounted for 1,006 receiving yards in that span, and has also scored a pair of rushing touchdowns.