Grambling State fires famous alum in head coach Doug Williams

Sep 08, 2012; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Grambling State Tigers head coach Doug Williams reacts on the sidelines during the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium. TCU won 56-0. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

If you were running down the list of “famous alumni” of Grambling State University, you wouldn’t have to go far until you got to Doug Williams. However, he is no longer an official part of the university, as the former Washington Redskins quarterback was fired as the head football coach on Wednesday.

Williams is best known for being a Super Bowl winning quarterback with the Redskins, but prior to that, he was a legendary performer at Grambling, and he became the head coach of his alma mater in 2011. Things started great for Williams in that position, but the team tanked to a 1-10 record last year, and the talent level has visibly plummeted under his watch.

The Monroe News-Star quoted Williams with this gem following the announcement:

“A decision has been made and it is what it is.”

Well, then.

As a college football historian, I greatly hope that Doug Williams and Grambling can renew their relationship following this news, and it is important for the history of both parties. As far as the future of the Grambling State program, they’ll reportedly be turning (at least in the short term) to running backs coach George Ragsdale, and the fans and alumni will be hoping for a quick turnaround in the win column.

Topics: Doug Williams, Grambling State University

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