Can Tom Joyner Save Grambling State University Football?
Now comes a problem in an arena outside of the classroom, but still part of the college experience. One of the most legendary college football programs is threatened.
The legacy of Grambling State Football is unmatched by few. However the proud program once led by the winningest coach in the history of college football, Eddie Robinson (who coached from 1941 to 1997 and sent countless number of players to the NFL from the small university) is in danger of falling apart. This week's game with Jackson State in Mississippi, which was Jackson's homecoming, has been cancelled because the players refused to participate.
|Former Grambling QB and Head Coach Doug Williams|
The players have boycotted football... and have said to hell with a scholarship until conditions improve.
Maybe it's not fair to just seek a solution to this problem from one individual like Tom Joyner when many others have profited off of the Grambling State University football program, like the NFL. Perhaps the NFL should step in because of the number of Hall of Famers and All-Pros that attended Grambling and helped make the league what it is today. Maybe the former players themselves can help out financially. Perhaps even NBC Sports might want to step in because it would be in their best interest. Many across the country tune in to watch The Bayou Classic football game on NBC between Grambling and Southern University from The Superdome in New Orleans each November. One thing for sure, this would never happen at a major college program like Alabama or LSU.
Perhaps Tom Joyner can get the ball rolling. It looks like no one else will.
-- Former Grambling State coach
Doug Williams in a text to USA Today
"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential..." —Coach Eddie G. Robinson #Grambling #StillStanding
— Grambling Football (@GramblingFB) October 18, 2013
either way, the grambling thing is way more than a football thing. way, way, way more.
— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) October 18, 2013
Support to the players on the Grambling St Football team! #StandForNothingFallForAnything
— JALEN ROSE (@JalenRose) October 18, 2013
Grambling Football Players Walk Out of Meeting, Skip Practice. Details on @blackamericaweb | http://t.co/oATBesiKD6 #Grambling #HBCU
— Tom Joyner (@TJMShow) October 17, 2013
PHOTOS from the locker room at Grambling State University below... Follow Naquan Smith on twitter to see more pictures. In case you didn't know, the black stuff is MOLD!
NOTE: ALL OF GRAMBLING ATHLETICS IS SUFFERING
— Naquan Nate Smith (@NateDaGreat26) October 19, 2013
The players at Grambling have ended their boycott.