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Grambling’s unfortunate week is a wake-up call for college football

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On Tuesday Grambling football players walked out of an administrative meeting.

On Wednesday the football players joined together in skipping football practice. On Thursday they did so again and an interim coach was fired.

On Friday the team did not show up for a walk-through and, according to USA Today, the busses to take the team to a road game at Jackson State left campus without them after pushing back the departure time in hopes the football team would show up to represent the school. It is being reported Grambling will forfeit their game this weekend as a result. After a tumultuous week that has been nothing short of embarrassing and alarming for the university’s leadership, there are some serious issues Grambling needs to address.

In a season that has seen players voice their displeasure with the way they are treated, the actions taken by Grambling’s football players this week have taken things up a notch and could lead to drastic changes at Grambling, and perhaps other universities. It would be difficult to imagine the events at Grambling taking place at the FBS level, where schools have more funding available to provide adequate transportation and meals to players, but as college football evolves to a more slanted world of haves and have-nots, could this scene be played out at other universities? After all, if an entire football team can stick together like this, it can cripple a football program quickly.

For a university with a rich history and tradition like Grambling to go through a down time to this extreme is unfortunate, but to have a lack of leadership capable of avoiding this situation is worse. If the football team is not getting the proper respect, the question should be raised just how other teams and programs are being treated within the university. The football team tends to be the biggest bond for a university’s enrollment, alums, staff and community. When something like this happens, fingers will point to address blame.

Whether the players at Grambling are truly being mistreated or not is up for debate. There are always two sides to the story after all. But one thing appears to be clear. The leadership at Grambling has failed in supporting the football team. Whatever happens at Grambling moving forward, here’s hoping that a lesson can be learned at Grambling and other universities around the country so that we do not see this happen again.

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  1. rolltide510 says: Oct 18, 2013 6:29 PM

    That’s one way of looking at it. Another way of looking at it is 85 members of Grambling’s football team attend classes at Grambling for free and if they don’t STFU and start playing football without worrying about what vehicle takes them to games, they’re going to lose said scholarships. Hopefully they won’t feel “disrespected” by that.

  2. gorilladunk says: Oct 18, 2013 6:29 PM

    If you read the article on SI.com today, the problem isn’t so much a leadership issue, as it is a funding issue. Grambling’s funding from the state of Louisiana has been cut by 18 MILLION dollars a year over the past three years. How in hell is a small school supposed to deal with that? They get minimal donations from former players and students. I know I don’t know all the ins and outs at Grambling St., but if the income coming into my home each year took a 55% hit, things would probably suffer. The school itself is in a perilous financial situation, forget athletics. They may shut the whole place down if things continue as they are.

  3. manik56 says: Oct 18, 2013 6:35 PM

    1-AA schools do not have 85 scholarships. It is something like 53. This is the risk you take when you fire your HC during the season. USC or UConn could have easily revolted like this too.

    I would also ask the question of whether it is worth it for the traditional black colleges to not participate in the 1-AA playoffs. Do winning mythical “black” national championships get the University more money and exposure than being involved in that playoff would?

  4. papichulo55 says: Oct 18, 2013 6:51 PM

    No doubt many of the football players had dreams of playing at the next level. It is unfair to the players for the school to waste eligibility. If Grambling does not have the funds to support a football team, it should do everything in its power to let the players go elsewhere to pursue their dreams. Maybe this re-ignites the discussion of of revenue sharing in college football?

  5. jimbo75025 says: Oct 18, 2013 7:32 PM

    papichulo55 says:
    Oct 18, 2013 6:51 PM
    No doubt many of the football players had dreams of playing at the next level. It is unfair to the players for the school to waste eligibility.
    ——
    So the players waste their own eligibility by refusing to play? Sorry, but having read the SI article, I was a bit shocked. Complaining about no Muscle Milk? The players state they know they are not LSU, but complain about bus rides because the other team got to fly?

    The situation indeed sounds bad, but I cannot put ALL of the blame on the administration. Sometimes you just gotta man up and by forfeiting via refusal to play, the team has said a great deal about themselves.

  6. imaduffer says: Oct 18, 2013 7:45 PM

    It’s in the State of Louisiana, what the hell do you expect? All you have to do is check some of the stats for this State and you will understand. ie. poverty, education, corruption and on and on and on.

  7. shadowcell says: Oct 18, 2013 8:04 PM

    “So the players waste their own eligibility by refusing to play? Sorry, but having read the SI article, I was a bit shocked. Complaining about no Muscle Milk? The players state they know they are not LSU, but complain about bus rides because the other team got to fly?”

    ———

    If you did read that SI article, then you’re being willfully disingenuous with your examples. You left out stuff like the poor state of their weight room, and the firing of their well-loved head coach, and the lack of “staff and materials to treat injuries properly” (especially mindboggling if they’re playing a sport that’s so prone to injuring people). You left out the part where they felt that riding the bus over hundreds of miles put them at a competitive disadvantage against teams that had better travel arrangements. Those are hardly unreasonable concerns, and yet that’s what they mean when they say they feel disrespected and unsupported by the school.

  8. geofferystevens says: Oct 18, 2013 8:09 PM

    This is really disappointing. Although they may be upset by something the embarrassment that is causes is disappointing especially at a HBC not many would argue that there are significant issues with college football but scholarship athletes have an obligation to the University that is providing them an education in exchange for their participation and the non scholarship players have an obligation to the others. I am/was a huge Doug Williams fan but he did a poor job teaching these young men about honor, commitment, and loyalty.

  9. jimbo75025 says: Oct 18, 2013 8:14 PM

    shadowcell says:
    Oct 18, 2013 8:04 PM
    If you did read that SI article, then you’re being willfully disingenuous with your examples. You left out stuff like the poor state of their weight room, and the firing of their well-loved head coach, and the lack of “staff and materials to treat injuries properly” (especially mindboggling if they’re playing a sport that’s so prone to injuring people). You left out the part where they felt that riding the bus over hundreds of miles put them at a competitive disadvantage against teams that had better travel arrangements. Those are hardly unreasonable concerns, and yet that’s what they mean when they say they feel disrespected and unsupported by the school.
    ————
    I am not cherry picking, I simply used an example the players listed. As I said the situation is bad, but face it, sounds no worse than a minor league baseball team. No issue with the players protests, but outright refusing to play should be a last resort and this came after some of the players demands had been met (releasing of coach, etc). Just sounds weak to me as if my dream/goal was to make the next level , refusal to play is not something I would want on my “resume”.

  10. rolltide510 says: Oct 18, 2013 8:19 PM

    Yep, it’s Grambling, not Oregon. They don’t have the same resources to spend on the program.

    Don’t like it? Don’t accept a scholarship to become a student athlete there. Pay your own way to go to college.

  11. brewcrewfan54 says: Oct 18, 2013 8:36 PM

    Rolltide, my guess is when receuiting the players to play at Grammbling the part of 1,500 mile bis trips was left out. That or since some players arrived on campus the circumstances have changed for the worse and the players aren’t going to take it anymore. You’re trying to make this a very black and white situation and it is not.

  12. pigskinbites says: Oct 18, 2013 9:23 PM

    Div I FCS schools which Grambling is have 63 scholarships. also the state cut funding for all schools over the past few years due to budget shortfalls and all were affected and have managed to deal with it. Grambling has had a history of not handling money well. They don’t have the alumni support financially that many other FCS schools have. Most SWAC schools in particular should be in div II for financial reasons.

  13. vincentbojackson says: Oct 18, 2013 9:35 PM

    As gorilladunk stated, Grambling has lost 18% of it’s state funding and private donations have dried up. How is the athletic department at fault? I give the administration credit for keeping the program going when the deck is clearly stacked against them.

    As for firing the coach, isn’t this what typically happens when you fail miserably at your job? These players sense of entitlement is hilarious. You signed on to play at Grambling State because schools with bigger budgets ignored you. Get on the bus or drop out of school. I’m sure there are hundreds of willing replacements ready to fill your spot.

  14. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 18, 2013 9:48 PM

    I believe the Grambling players need to walk across
    campus and visit the Eddie Robinson museum.

    Coach Robinson coached defense and offense, mowed
    the field, made sack lunches for his players to have on road trips and taped his players ankles.

    He did it out of love for football and his players.

    The players need to grow up.

  15. dreamer5873 says: Oct 18, 2013 10:12 PM

    It’s about time these players stood up for something. Sick and tired of people thinking that just because the kid is on a one year scholarship that a coach can decide not to renew does not mean a university can crap on them.

  16. dreamer5873 says: Oct 18, 2013 10:15 PM

    You suck

  17. skwackquackwoof says: Oct 18, 2013 11:04 PM

    There are good comments on both sides of this argument. For those players that are on scholarship there is a contractual obligation to fulfill, but the school is just as legally-bound as the athlete. From what I understand (which is admittedly not much) there are not very many members of this team that are on scholarship at all, which means they (or their families) are paying for the school and sacrificing their bodies for love of the game and the institution. Depending on who you ask, Louisiana Higher Education lost somewhere between $5 – a gagillion brazilian dollars because a short Indian dude with a bad hair piece screwed ‘em over. To further complicate matters, the administration fired the guy (Doug Williams) that not only was the only person doing anything at all to address the safety and equipment issues, he was the only reason (player wise, no disrespecting Robinson) most people have ever heard of Grambling in the first place. I don’t know what to believe, but I kinda like seeing people take a real stand and have courage of conviction on something. My generation only cared about flanel, and Nirvana, and who shot Tupac and whether you were a player or a player-hater.

  18. ramblingalb says: Oct 19, 2013 12:26 AM

    To be willing to give up a $10K a year scholly because your weight room is smaller and you have some long bus rides? Not exactly a show of dedication to the cause, especially when they could easily just giove 100% for a few more weeks and transfer to another school.

  19. barkleyblows says: Oct 19, 2013 12:43 AM

    Awww I feel so sad for these players. Not really.

    A free education and free meals is harsh.

    Cry cry cry until you get your way I guess.

  20. brewcrewfan54 says: Oct 19, 2013 12:46 AM

    I’m amazed at how many people think these guys should basically “shut up and play.” Just because you’re on a scholarship doesn’t mean you just shut up and take anything given to you. Scholarships are an agreement between the school and player. Both are expected to live up to their part of it, not just the players.

  21. whodeytn says: Oct 19, 2013 12:46 AM

    I’ve never seen such idiotic responses to an article. Go back to flipping burgers, jackasses.

  22. normtide says: Oct 19, 2013 1:08 AM

    This generation is soft, I’ve said it before. Is the situation ideal? Nope, in fact it should be much better. But, sometimes you have to clinch your fist and fight on. Who hasn’t had to push through a tough situation? Counting the forfeited game, they have 2 road games left. Every generation prior was taught *YOU DON’T QUIT*. I’m not saying they don’t deserve better, but I guarantee some program has it worse and they fought on.

  23. brewcrewfan54 says: Oct 19, 2013 1:24 AM

    Thos generation isnt soft necessarily. There’s way more options of places to play now. Plus, I’m so mad that people think that anyone who played 20 years ago and more were so much tougher. They complained about tje same things and made it better just like the guys after them are doing.

  24. yipicya says: Oct 19, 2013 1:43 AM

    Someone call the Waaaaambulance.

    I played D-1 football (Ohio University) that at the time wasn’t much different than Grambling, and btw if you think that Grambling doesn’t get the benefits as being a HBC than you are kidding yourself, Grambling has a great alumni group.

    We didn’t complain about the same thing brewfan, The stuff we had didn’t compare, we were lucky if we got training table, that was taken away after the mischief going on at SMU and other places.

    We didn’t get a lot of the free crap that they get today, I was on a partial academic scholarship just to get books and stuff, I also tended bar under the table for food money, because we weren’t allowed to hold jobs (again see the SMU Pony Express) stuff.

  25. shadowcell says: Oct 19, 2013 2:41 AM

    Grambling is getting so little in alumni donations that they don’t even budget for it, so, no, they really aren’t getting that.

  26. brewcrewfan54 says: Oct 19, 2013 4:01 AM

    You’re eight Yupcka, you got screwed so everyone now also should. If thats your opinion you are worthless.

  27. brewcrewfan54 says: Oct 19, 2013 4:08 AM

    I shouldn’t have said you’re worthless, that was wrong. That being said, why should they do worse because of what you went through? From what I can tell Grammbling players have not gotten what they were told as they were recruited. Yes they should have to deal with the shortcomings of a program as they happen but at some point there is a line in the sand. These players toed that line and will deal with the repercusions. That in itself, win or lose, is respectable.

  28. yipicya says: Oct 19, 2013 5:58 AM

    Shadowcell They raised over 100k in 2012

    http://app1.lla.la.gov/PublicReports.nsf/9632E3E432D41BC986257BBF006FDE2C/$FILE/00034542.pdf

    That doesn’t include state funds or sponsorship funds.

    BTW, no school can “budget” for alumni donations, it has to be done by an outside source, usually a 501c 3 Corporation, as Grambling did.

  29. yipicya says: Oct 19, 2013 6:00 AM

    Brewcrew, no one gets what they are told when they get recruited. That’s not the point.

    Louisiana’s economy sucks, fully 25 percent of their tax base left the state when Katrina hit, and then the oil spill etc etc.

    While that isn’t the student’s fault, that is the reality. Look I love college football, but what do you want to close so that these kids can get Muscle Milk? A children’s hospital?

  30. armstrongsmissingball says: Oct 19, 2013 6:48 AM

    Young adults nowadays feel like they are entitled to everything. See iPhones, iPads, $200 under armour underwear, Gucci handbags, whatever. Lack of family values and sharing family goals has ruined the work ethic of our youth. It’s all ME! ME! ME! I worked all year through high school and college playing sports for love of the game and because my family lived on a military family budget. I persevered and graduated. I was taught good lessons from a good family. These young adults are immature and pathetic.

  31. goodfieldnohit says: Oct 19, 2013 10:04 AM

    750 mile road trips on a bus. No food on road trips.

    I don’t blame them one bit.

  32. goodfieldnohit says: Oct 19, 2013 10:06 AM

    Additionally, the facilities are in a terrible state. The common talk is of mold and mildew growing all over, players have gotten staph infections and not been treated properly.

  33. raysfan1 says: Oct 19, 2013 10:27 AM

    A few points:
    1) The number of scholarships at the FCS level is 63. However, those may be divided up among 85 players, meaning about half the players at any given FCS school may be on partial scholarships, or even no scholarship. Bear that in mind before calling any of them pampered.
    2) This, in its essence, is a labor strike. As always, some will always side with labor (in this case the players) and some will always side with management (the university). The issue is virtually never cut and dried/black and white. There are almost always good points going both ways. I find it interesting that the players seem completely united so far, and it will be interesting to see how long that lasts–especially when the scholarships start being threatened.
    3) Budget is a real concern. The university will now face even worse budget issues–they will not receive income for the now-cancelled Jackson State game, and will likely have to compensate Jackson State for their lost income and need to refund ticket prices. I would not be surprised if some fans sought recompense for travel costs too.
    4) At some point the university will need to do an emotion-free business case analysis as to whether it can continue to afford football and other sports at the Div I level, or any level. The first mission of a university is academics. There is a lot of pride and history at Grambling, and it would be a shame if they had to drop to Div II or III…but if it’s down to a choice between cutting sports or academics, academics has to win. Going to a lower level would allow cutting scholarships, less travel, cutting some lesser sports, etc.

  34. normtide says: Oct 19, 2013 11:20 AM

    Good post Armstrong.

    Quitting is a slippery slope. It gets easier each time.

    There are few better feelings then saying I made it through adversity. Nothing can stop me. On Oct 19, 2013 5:49 AM, “CollegeFootballTalk” wrote:

    > ** > armstrongsmissingball commented: “Young adults nowadays feel like they > are entitled to everything. See iPhones, iPads, $200 under armour > underwear, Gucci handbags, whatever. Lack of family values and sharing > family goals has ruined the work ethic of our youth. It’s all ME! ME! ME! I > worke”

  35. psly2124 says: Oct 19, 2013 11:42 AM

    If the school cannot raise money, there is no need for the university. I am sick and tired of the welfare nanny state. This institution is all paid for by the taxpayer. 99% of the students do not pay to go to school, all tax payer. The a.d. Should have a sack and throw everyone of the players off the team. F’n whiners can’t fly on a plane to a game. Win some f’n games and maybe your attendees e would be mor then 5k. 17 straight losses and the p.o.s think they should fly first class. The way the have been playing there are lucky to even be playing. If I were the coach I’d make them walk to the next game. Cry babies

  36. bringingthepain says: Oct 19, 2013 12:16 PM

    You came to that college knowing its state of affairs. You’ve received a free education so far. Take their scholarships. I guarantee you there are 85 other kids dying to get to go to college and play football even if it means a 6 hour bus ride.

  37. 2late2matter says: Oct 19, 2013 12:38 PM

    The first NFL Thanksgiving Day football contest was held in the University of Detroit football stadium, which no longer exists. Nor does its Division I football team which was axed for budgetary reasons at the end of its 1964 season.

    Over the years [Wikipedia lists several hundred http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_defunct_college_football_teams#Division_I_schools football programs that were defunded.

    Perhaps the HBU Grambling needs to reconsider its sports expenses and follow suit…(?)

  38. vaphinfan says: Oct 19, 2013 1:40 PM

    Good luck to finding a new head coach. No coach in their right mind would take a job with athletes pulling stunts like that. You would have to please them first the worrying about winning second.

  39. ddaughtry81 says: Oct 19, 2013 2:31 PM

    They need to cancel the football program if they can’t afford to put them in a position to succeed.

  40. v2the4 says: Oct 20, 2013 3:31 AM

    This is going to be a long post, so bear with me.

    Grambling is a storied football program and has a rich history, having Eddie Robinson as coach for 57 years. He set the all time wins mark in D-1 with 408 wins.(was passed by Joe Paterno, but we all know what happened there) He sent 114 players to the NFL during his tenure as head coach. The Grambling Band is also world known and renowned as well…they are like the american express card….Grambling football doesnt leave home with them….more on them later.

    I called a source who has close ties to Grambling to find out what the hell is going in.
    This gentlemen told me that the issue with the players started over hygiene and cleanliness issues in the locker room earlier this year during spring practice…the maintenance is not being kept up and that was due to budget cuts….

    they previously had up to 18 people in athletic maintenance to clean various locker rooms, showers and wash clothing, and now they are down to six due to budget cuts, and can only hire temps when neccessary…..the source told me that the uniforms were not being cleaned properly and that has lead to some player getting staph infections and even an undiagnosed case of MSRA,which is deadly

    For some unknown reason, HOT WATER and air conditioning in the locker room are luxury items and the school was cutting corners to try and save cost, and the end result is players are getting sick and the complaints fell on deaf ears from the admin.

    For some unknown reason, they do not have a wheelin water system for the players at practice…..the players are drinking water out water hoses and we know how dangerous that is.

    the water line for the ice machine is broken and there is no ice for injuries there arent any electrolytes in the budget, so players and their families have to purchase their own gatorade or powerade……the training table is another issue, because every is not on scholarship, the school cannot provide meals

    the issue with the weight room was that the majority of the rubber floor tiles are ruined and open concrete is exposed…I dont know when the last time anyone has worked out on concrete, but its not fun at all…imagine walking into your local 24hrfitness or la fitness and you cant walk or get a decent workout in because the floor tiles resemble bald tires or there are none at all.

    this is where Doug Williams comes in…he solicited funds from former players, raised the money and purchased new tiles for the weight room, and even a back up set…once delivered, the admin refused to allow them to be installed because they wanted those donations to flow into the athletic account instead. Those tiles were delivered in June and they are in a storage facility on Gramblings campus.

    In addition, Williams was paying the water bill and AC bill for the football locker rooms and purchasing ice and gatorade out of his own pocket. He had them delivered to the school and that upset the admin because they said he was being insubordinate. He had been doing this since 2011, and thats what led to him suing the school in 2012 over his contract. They failed to reimburse him for those expenses and failed to pay required bonuses to him and his staff.

    the admin said Williams contract was not approved by the UofLouisiana system and while he was due to make $400k this year and next, he signed a 3 yr deal for $250k plus $50K in bonuses….he was fired in week two, meaning the UofL system owes him $750k now.

    so, Williams stops paying the schools bills after he signs new deal…school fails to provide hot water, cold air and clean/sanitary locker rooms and mold spores explode all around the place. Williams gets fired by admin on their fourth AD in three years…

    Players are suffering thru a rare losing streak, playing mostly underclassmen. Players are bused to games in Kansas City, 650 miles from Grambling and to Indianapolis, 800 miles from campus. By bus…in 2013…they are also drinking out of water hoses…in 2013..

    remember that band I talked about..the “we dont leave home without ‘em”?…well, the band held fundraisers for the travel budget, something the football team cannot do, and they came up with 3/4 the cost of their travel for KC and Indy…the band, cheerleaders, drill team and admin FLEW to both locations…..the team was bused…..the admin said the cost of charter flights was too much, but a charter flights to both would have been less than 50K each….the school made $275K for the KC game and will make $390k for the Indy game and will be paid within 90 days after the game.

    Bused for 13 hours to Indy, they ate once….they didnt get a meal after the Indy game and only after a number of parents called the AD, they finally stopped at a truck stop for chips, cookies and soda.

    so, now you can see why the players are ticked….they have used the only leverage they have right now, and that the threat of not playing to get the attention of the admin and the general public…I feel sorry for the schools who got screwed, like Jackson St(alma matter of Walter Payton) did today with their homecoming being cancelled, but the message had to be sent..

    ..no matter how big and popular the band is…no matter how much twerking the drill team does…no matter how big of an attraction we are, there will not be any football without us, and we demand changes.

    if this can happen at Grambling, then it could happen anywhere if the players unite and stick together.

  41. v2the4 says: Oct 20, 2013 4:03 AM

    Ileft this out: the players also did not get fed after their game in Kansas City vs Lincoln U, and their opponent for the circle city classic in Indy, Alcorn St, flew to the game, even though Alcorn made $170K LESS than Grambling did….Alcorns band and drill team was there also, and they flew too.

    Gramblings homecoming game is in two weeks vs Mississippi Valley St(alma matter of Jerry Rice) and that is normally a sellout at their 25k seat stadium…

    but the largest and most important game on Gramblings schedule is their nationally televised matchup vs Southern, The Bayou classic in the Superdome on Thanksgiving Weekend….this is a $100M plus weekend for New Orleans and this rivals even the sugar bowl, a national title game or the weekend before Fat Tuesday…..its that big of an event.

    the schools split the profits down the middle, and each school made 1.54M in the 2012 game….the sponsors, State Farm and others, pay NBC for the air time, and both schools get to keep the profit from commercials, so this is a big deal.

    I can guarantee you if the players even hint at not playing in the Bayou classic or dont play, then all hell will break loose, and immense pressure from outside sources will descend upon this university

  42. melikefootball says: Oct 20, 2013 1:23 PM

    Time these crying players get a dose of real life, take scholarships away from them and send them home. How about being more concerned to get a free college education, than you uniforms aren’t clean enough or you don’t like the coach. What are you going to do when you are working 9-5 and you don’t like your boss or fellow worker. Get a life boys pull up your pants and act like a man.

  43. floridacock says: Oct 20, 2013 5:48 PM

    Well if the talking heads, on their electronic soap boxes, have their way, all these schools will have to shut down their athletic programs. This is what will happen if these schools don’t get a pay day from a large school to play. Doesn’t seem like a big sacrifice to me

  44. yipicya says: Oct 20, 2013 9:49 PM

    Well at the end of day, if Grambling or any other University/College can’t keep the football program in the black, then they will have to shutter it.

    I doubt seriously that the girls track team walks out of competition if they don’t get training table, or has to ride a bus. It’s kind of expected for the lower level sports. Perhaps if this was universal throughout college athletics maybe we’d see a return to people actually playing the game to play it.

  45. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 21, 2013 10:24 AM

    Ask the University of Chicago about big time football.

    This is what the “money war” has wrought. When you have an AD declare “We are the Jones!” and escalate the acquisition of money and power to the detriment of an entire system, you are going to have winners and losers.

    Money has corrupted college sports big time, and it is only going to get worse.

    The players knew what they were getting into when they signed the Grant in Aid.

    The University knew the shape of the facilities for decades. The University grew dependent on Eddie Robinson and then his legacy to merely maintain a program.
    Kudos to Doug Williams for what he did for the school and the players. Personally subsidizing the upkeep and and maintenance of the football facilities.

    Grambling is going to have to make a decision. Do you pony up the funds necessary or eliminate your football program? You can’t have all the funds designated to the University proper when alums want their money to go to the football program.

  46. southernpatriots says: Oct 22, 2013 7:05 AM

    v2the4: Excellent post.

    May I add: Coach Williams confided in friends and associates that after he was fired, that “all hell was about to break loose…”

    A donor gave new flooring for the weight room and the school president had it stacked in a storage room and never installed. Several players were hurt in the weight room as they walked across the dilapidated, peeling, and loose flooring.

    Nutrition is another great concern to the players and their families.

    While it is true the state cut the distribution to Grambling, it also cut the distribution to all higher education, to keep the funding as high as possible for elementary and secondary education. Each year the state had to balance its budget, unlike the federal government which just prints new money, about a billion a day.

    The AD is responsible to go out to former players and others and gain donations. The ADs have not really done their jobs. When donations have come in, when the football team did earn money, it was not put into the football department or to the athletic department, not even a portion sometimes. It was used to help fund other functions of the university. Decisions like this may have had to be made, however, it does give some background to the decision made by the players and to the great hesitancy of donors to give any more to the football program because they know it will not go there.

  47. dhardy8207 says: Oct 22, 2013 10:57 AM

    I caught up with this story over the weekend and what concerns me is that EVERYONE is talking “football” over HEALTH concerns…

    According to the initial report there were not only travel issues, meal issues, but a reoccurrent outbreak of MRSA which is Staphylococcus bacteria infections and can be a serious issue if the source is not found and dealt with. For all the ESPN commentators to speak like these young men should put the game over their own health concerns is ridiculous and shows ignorance of the seriousness of the situation. Outbreaks of MRSA has forced the CDC to shut down learning institutions from elementary to high school so the buildings could be disinfected and cleaned from any sources that could spread the bacteria.

    The second serious issue is the mold build up on the ceilings and floors. One of ESPN’s commentators said “the players should clean the locker room and get rid of the mold”. Again another seriously ignorant statement. Merely cleaning an area with disinfectants and bleach only mask the issue for a short time unless the cause of the mold is found and fixed..

    I don’t agree with the scrutiny these young men are receiving as most of the issues should have been addressed by management and particularly the AD long before the players felt the need to take the situation to this extreme in order to be heard. The players deal with the risk of injury just merely playing the game. Unnecessary health risk is a serious issue and the school should be investigated for ignoring those risk…

  48. hor2012 says: Oct 23, 2013 8:53 PM

    Alright that’s find don’t play. But, don’t show up for the Bayou Classic in the dome either. Is this the best situation no. But, you could have solidered through it.

  49. gunsmoke527 says: Oct 24, 2013 6:42 PM

    What percent of football players go there for academics? You can bet it’s all about football which leads to 2 things:
    1) 1 may get drafted in a given year;
    2) they certainly won’t contribute as alumni.

    Ride the bus. (Apparently NFL$ were the only thing on their minds.) Free ride to play football…. WOW. It’s too bad some pro athletes (Willis Reed? Doug Williams?) from there are associated with this new age attitude. Maybe they’re there because no one else wants them
    ?

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