Commit to the G

I don’t know if you’re familiar with what’s going on at Grambling right now – the football team walked out of a Tuesday meeting with the school’s president and athletic director, boycotted practice and won’t travel to Saturday’s game with Jackson State – but it is one sad story of crumbling financial support and dysfunctional administration.

I know a lot of people think all-black institutions like Grambling are anachronisms now, but many have a rich history, both athletically and academically, and have served a purpose that I’m not sure we can say has entirely expired.  Not that it matters at this point, because it’s clear that in many places state financial support for higher education has diminished and that finding other sources of revenue to make up for that is the name of the game. Schools like Grambling don’t have a shot.

It’s depressing to see how far Eddie Robinson’s program has fallen.


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32 responses to “Commit to the G

  1. Just awful for the institution, for alumni and for the players – this all may be coming to mid-majors near you soon as operating costs continue to skyrocket

  2. Scorpio Jones, III

    At the risk of being a Debbie Downer….the armies of the night come to Grambling, the pale husk of a once-proud insititution.

    But hey, the free market will certainly continue to correct the marketplace.

  3. Dolly Llama

    The part about this story that really floored me was when the former coach (the first one they fired, not the interim guy) raised money to buy new mats for the weight room, and the president took them away and stored them elsewhere because he didn’t raise his money through the school’s foundation. That, my friends, is the definition of a douche.

    • gastr1

      Previous coach Doug Williams–Super Bowl hero, that is.

    • gastr1

      But the larger picture issue–Williams not filtering the money through the Foundation–that’s a fireable offense anywhere in universities. Let’s say you’re running a business and an employee installs new flooring in the business. Doesn’t tell you where the money came from or provide documentation of go through you at all. It’s comparable here.

      • Dolly Llama

        I actually work at a University in a department that is supported, in small part, by generous alumni who sometimes donate small sums or money and/or equipment. If I needed a new floor and talked a bunch of people into donating the flooring and it didn’t cost my department a cent, I’d expect to be the apple of my boss’s eye.

  4. Ellis

    It is a sad situation but at the same time the players cannot just quit. I would cancel the rest of the season.

    On a side note, is their defensive coordinator any good?

  5. Biggus Rickus

    DO predominantly black colleges still serve a purpose? University systems have integrated everywhere, and black applicants are often given preferential treatment in admissions. I don’t care whether or not they exist, mind you, but just because a thing has existed for a while doesn’t mean it must exist indefinitely.

  6. The other Doug

    I remember there being something screwy about their logo changing after Robinson left. IIRC they said that the Packers and UGA told them they had to stop using the “G”, and of course that was a lie.

  7. Mudcats Impala...

    I remember when they played Florida in 2009…

  8. Dog in Fla

    “What a bunch of ungrateful, spoiled athletes. When’s the last time a bus boycott actually did anything?”