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Grambling football program going through turmoil between players and administration

(courtesy Grambling University)

The Grambling University has had a long and historic football program.

Eddie Robinson was the longtime coach there and sent several players to the National Football League: Buck Buchanan, Gary “Big Hands” Johnson, Doug Williams, Paul “Tank” Younger, Willie Brown, Willie Davis, James Harris, Charlie Joiner and Everson Walls.

All of those former players must be shaking their heads about what is happening at one of the top historically black colleges in the United States.

There is turmoil brewing between the football team and the school’s administration over several issues like traveling to away games on busses, a football stadium that needs repairs and the firing of football coaches.

This season alone, the Tigers have had three head coaches. Doug Williams was fired after two games, George Ragsdale was replaced last Thursday by Dennis “Dirt’ Winston.

Grambling officials met this past weekend in an effort to solve problems with the football players and to avoid any more game forfeits.

The officials included university president Frank Pogue, athletic director Aaron James and Winston.

On Saturday, the football players refused to travel to play at Jackson State and thus forfeited the game.

Grambling is planning to play this coming Saturday’s game at home against Texas Southern. The game is very important to the university because its their annual High School Day, which draws in many prospective students from around the Louisiana region.

Raiders pull away from Jackson State in second half

 

After struggling in the first half, the offense came alive in the second as the Wright State men’s basketball team defeated Jackson State 56-39 Wednesday night at WSU’s Nutter Center.

Both teams found the scoring hard to come by in the opening 20 minutes as Cole Darling’s layup at the 11:07 mark made it a 3-2 Jackson State lead.  The Tigers maintained a slight edge for most of the rest of the period until jumpers by Kendall Griffin and Reggie Arceneaux in the final minute gave the Raiders a 17-14 halftime advantage.

After hitting just one of its first 18 shots, Wright State made six of its final eight in the first half to shoot 27 percent while Jackson State was three of 17 for 18 percent.

WSU then started the second half with a 20-8 run, nine of those coming on three three-pointers by Arceneaux, to go up 37-22 with nine minutes to play.  The Tigers would get no closer than eight the rest of the way as the Raiders closed the game with an 11-2 burst over the final two minutes.

Reggie Arceneaux (courtesy of WSU athletics)

Wright State shot 36 percent in the second half to finish at 31 percent overall while Jackson State was at 26 percent.  WSU went 18 of 26 at the foul line compared to 15 of 21 for the Tigers and led 13-3 in points off of turnovers as the Raiders forced 21 while committing 13.

Arceneaux led Wright State with 15 points, 11 coming in the second half, while Armond Battle had 10, all after halftime.  Darling had nine points and nine rebounds in his first action of the year and John Balwigaire chipped in nine off the bench.

Jenirro Bush paced Jackson State (0-3) with 15 points, but no other Tiger had more than five.

Wright State (2-1), now 1-1 in the Global Sports Shootout, wraps up tournament play with a pair of games in the Sunshine State next week.  On Monday, November 21, WSU faces Florida in a 7:00 matchup at the St. Pete Times Forum, a game that can be seen live on Fox Sports Florida.  The Raiders then head to Jacksonville to take on North Florida on Wednesday, November 23, also at 7:00.

 

 

Courtesy of WSU athletics

 

WRIGHT STATE AT OHIO STATE: men’s basketball kicks off regular season against in-state rival

 

Julius Mays talks with media at Monday's Wright State basketball media day (megasportsnews.com)

The Wright State Raiders will be taking that short drive of 60 miles from Fairborn, Ohio to Columbus where they’ll take on the Ohio State Buckeyes tonight at 9:00 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

Yearly, the Raiders are one of the top teams in the mid-major Horizon League along with Butler, Detroit, Cleveland State and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. But after losing four seniors who led them over the years, N’Gai Evans, Vaughn Duggins, Cooper Land and Troy Tabler, the Raiders are picked seventh this season.

Wright State spent part of the summer touring Italy and are hoping that trip bonded all of the new players they’ll have on the roster. The newcomers include: Brooklyn Bradley, Reggie Arceneaux, John Balwigaire, Jason Cuffee, Kendall Griffin, Ulysses Thomas, Vance Hall, Stephen Gossard, Alex Pritchett, Julius Mays and Tavares Sledge.

The Raiders non-conference schedule will include Kenyon, Jackson State, Florida, North Florida, Charlotte, Air Force, Miami, Cincinnati, Ohio, Idaho, Central Michigan and the annual BracketBusters game.

NEWCOMER JULIUS MAYS TALKS ABOUT THE STATE OF THE RAIDERS AFTER LOSING TO CENTRAL STATE IN AN EXHIBITION GAME

48 702 Julius Mays WSU AT OSU BKB 2011

Matta introduces new video coordinator Paulus; non-conference schedule set

 

Thad Matta talks to media (file photo)

Ohio State head men’s basketball coach Thad Matta called a late spring news conference to introduce recently hired video coordinator Greg Paulus and to discuss next season’s non-conference schedule.

Unlike the football program, the basketball team has no NCAA violations or bad press hovering over them. Matta has cleaned up the program he inherited from Jim O’Brien in July of 2004.

Since that point in time, Matta has led the Buckeyes to at least a share of four Big Ten championships and five NCAA Tournament appearances, including a spot in the 2007 national championship game.

As for Paulus, an assistant coach at Navy last season before the head coach resigned leaving him in limbo, he passed up other jobs for a chance to work for Matta and Ohio State.

Matta and the 24-year-old Paulus have a relationship that dates back to when Thad was at Xavier and recruited the much-sought after basketball player who eventually signed with Duke.

Greg Paulus (courtesy of Navy athletics)

The non-conference schedule is set for the 2011-2012 season with one left to be announced later:

November 11 Wright State

November 15 Florida

November 18 Jackson State

November 21 North Florida

November 23 Virginia Military Institute

November 29 Duke

December 3 Texas-Pan American

December 10 at Kansas

December 14 South Carolina Upstate

December 17 at South Carolina

December 20 Lamar

December 22 Miami University at Nationwide Arena

 

Schedule courtesy of Ohio State athletics

OSU men to open against Wright State

Schottenstein Center at Ohio State (file photo)

The current college basketball season just ended and everybody are already anxious for next season to start.

The Ohio State men will open the 2011-12 season on November 11 at home against Wright State University from nearby Fairborn, Ohio.

The game is part of the Global Sports Shootout that will include Florida, Jackson State and North Florida.

The Buckeyes will play those those three teams later in the tournament.

 

compiled from Radio, TV & Ohio State athletics news

 

 

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