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.