Grambling players decide not to play Jackson State

Grambling players have decided not to have a football game this weekend.
Posted By Caroline Lee  |  Oct. 18, 2013 at 4:04 PM
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(UPI) -- The game scheduled for this weekend between Grambling and Jackson State will not be played.

Grambling football players made the decision not to play the game, which will result in a forfeit. The game would have been Jackson State's homecoming.

The players have been protesting in a number of forms after taking issue with Grambling University president Frank Pogue firing coach Doug Williams two games into the season, and D-line coach Ezil Bibbs a few weeks later.

The team has also been unhappy with how they have been treated and with heavy cuts in state funding affecting the athletics program directly.

The players had to take buses to recent games in Kansas City -- 1,200 miles round-trip -- and Indianapolis -- 1,500 miles round-trip. The school is also reducing the amount of its operating budget that goes to athletics.

Earlier this week, the players walked out on a meeting with Pogue and the athletics director after getting frustrated with what Pogue had to say.

Players have not shown up to practice since that meeting. On Thursday, the team fired interim coach George Ragsdale, who had replaced Doug Williams.

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