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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.

Dayton football coach Chamberlin named finalist for FCS Coach of the year

Rick Chamberlin (courtesy of Dayton athletics)

After leading the Dayton Flyers to a 10-1 season and the Pioneer Football League championship, head football coach Rick Chamberlin, has been named to the Eddie Robinson Award finalist list.

Eddie Robinson (courtesy of Grambling athletics)

The award honors the nation’s premier coach and all Football Championship Subdivision conferences are represented among the 20 finalists.

Eddie Robinson was the long-time coach of the Grambling Tigers. He posted a 408-165-15 from 1941-1997. He sent over 200 players to play in the AFL and NFL and they include Buck Buchanan, Willie Brown, Charlie Joiner, James Harris, Willie Davis and Doug Williams who succeeded Robinson as the head coach of one of America’s most-historic black colleges. Coach Robinson died on April 3, 2007 at age 88.

Rick Chamberlin is a former player and 1980 graduate of UD. He has been with the university for 30 years. In each of the three seasons since he was named head coach after the retirement of his mentor, Mike Kelly, the Flyers have won 9 or more games. Coach Chamberlin’s 28 wins, as of this season, make his three year record at Dayton the most successful coaching start in Flyer history.

Coach Chamberlin is in good company for the award; some of the other candidates include: Rob Ash, Montana State; Al Bagnoli, Penn; Reggie Barlow, Alabama State; Kerwin Bell, Jacksonville; K.C. Keeler, Delaware; Jimmye Laycock, William & Mary; Trent Miles, Indiana State; Jerry Moore, Appalachian State and Joe Walton, Robert Morris.

Nearly 175 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and others will select the award recipient. The Robinson Award, in its 24th year, will be presented at the national awards banquet on Thursday, January 6 in Frisco, Texas, the night before the national championship game.

Info courtesy of Dayton athletics