Grambling State game with Jackson State cancelled

Updated: October 18, 2013

Jackson, MS ( – Grambling State’s road game against
Jackson State Saturday has been cancelled.

The move came a day after Grambling State relieved George Ragsdale as interim
football coach and named defensive coordinator Dennis “Dirt” Winston to
the same position.

It’s the latest in the turmoil for the school’s football program. Several
reports indicate Tigers players walked out of a meeting with school
administration following Tuesday’s practice, then staged a first day of
boycotting practice on Wednesday. Players also reportedly did not attend
practice Thursday and didn’t board a bus for the SWAC game to Jackson State
Friday afternoon.

The Tigers have an 0-7 record, the first two losses under Doug Williams, who
was fired in September. The last five defeats have come under Ragsdale. The
team, which finished 1-10 last year after winning the SWAC championship under
Williams in 2011, has lost 13 straight conference games.

The Grambling State football program rose to national attention under the
guidance of Eddie Robinson, who is the winningest coach in Division I.

This week, though, the football players, reportedly became increasingly upset
at required long bus trips for games in Kansas City and Indianapolis. Players
were also reportedly upset at the firing of Williams.

This was to be Jackson State’s homecoming contest. Instead the Tigers will
play a “Blue and White” scrimmage game.

“This is an unfortunate situation for JSU fans, but it is beyond our control,”
said JSU President Carolyn W. Meyers. “I want to encourage the JSU community,
including students, alumni and supporters, to participate in the other
activities scheduled as part of our Homecoming celebration.”