Yesterday it was reported that Grambling State football players had boycotted Wednesday’s practice session after a dispute with the school’s administration over the firing of former coach Doug Williams, travel accommodations, meals on road trips and sub-par facilities, among a few other issues.
After the players boycotted their second consecutive practice of the week on Thursday, the school announced that interim coach George Ragsdale, who took over for Williams, has been “reassigned” within the athletic department. Defensive coordinator Dennis Wilson now becomes the school’s third head coach in the last five weeks.
In a statement, school spokesperson Will Sutton announced the decision:
“Ragsdale has been reassigned and to go in another direction at this time, and he’ll be helping in other ways,” Sutton said.
When reached for comment, the recently-fired Ragsdale did have something to offer up as well:
“I was hurt. What do you think?” Ragsdale said when reached Thursday night. “I’m a football coach. You can reassign me, but I don’t want to make any waves. My plans were to restore Grambling back to its old days. I guess they couldn’t wait.”
This certainly is an unfortunate situation for a once-proud football program, and you can only hope that they can pull everything back to as normal as they can possibly at this point.
Also, as for their scheduled game against Jackson State set for Saturday, school officials did say that everything should still go on as planned, despite the missed practice sessions.