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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.

Superdome gets a new name

 

The Superdome October 2011 (photo by Nwill21 via wikipedia commons)

State of Louisiana lawmakers approved the sale of the Superdome’s naming rights to carmaker Mercedes-Benz.

The agreement, worth up to $60 million, gets the state of Louisiana out of having to make any cash payments to the New Orleans Saints football team.

The name is the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

 

Info compiled from Radio & TV news

Urged by President Obama, Celtics to build statue of Bill Russell

 

Bill Russell on 2005 NBA Legends Tour (photo by Corporal Lameen Witter via wikipedia commons)

A few months ago when President Barack Obama gave Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom, he suggested that the city of Boston should build a statue in the basketball player’s honor.

Two months have passed since Obama made the suggestion and the Boston Celtics have decided to go ahead and build a statue to commemorate Russell as a human rights leader, athletic champion and youth mentor advocate.

Obama made the suggestion back in February because he felt that Russell was not only a sports champion, but he was able to overcome racism and has been a good role model to athletes across the country.

Russell, a Louisiana native, led the Celtics to 11 NBA championships in 13 years.

 

compiled from staff, Radio, TV & Boston Celtics news

ENTERTAINMENT FOR FRIDAY AUGUST 27, 2010: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANACS

Today is Friday, August 27, the 239th day of 2010. The year 2011 rolls around in 126 days.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

The first successful oil well was drilled on this date in history (Clipart by Clker.com OCAL)

* On August 27, 1883, the island volcano Krakatoa blew up; the resulting tidal waves in Indonesia killed 36,000 peopla in Java and Sumatra.

* In 1858, the second debate between senatorial candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas took place in Freeport, Illinois.

* In 1859, Edwin L. Drake drilled the first successful oil well in the United States, at Titusville. Pennsylvania.

* In 1928, the Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed in Paris, outlawing war and providing for the peaceful settlement of disputes.

* In 1975, Haile Selassie, the last Emperor of Ethiopia’s 3,000-year-old monarchy, died in Addis, Ababa at age 83, nearly close to a year after being overthrown.

* Five years ago, August 27, 2005, Coastal residents along Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, jammed freeways and gas stations as they fled the area ahead of Hurricane Katrina, which was headed towards New Orleans out of the Gulf of Mexico.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

68 Daryl Dragon, musician, the keyboardist and captain of Captain with wife Toni Tennille of the duo the Captain & Tennille.

67 Tuesday Weld, actress.

63 Harry Reems, former actor of adult movies.

58 Paul Reubens, actor aka Pee Wee Herman of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.

48 Yolanda Adams, gospel singer.

34 Sarah Chalke, actress.

22 Alexa Vega, actress from Spy Kids.

Clipart courtesy of Clker.com

compiled from staff, entertainment magazines & news

Boise State leaves WAC for Mountain West Conference

compiled from staff and wire reports

Late last week, Boise State accepted an invitation to join the Mountain West Conference as the two-time Fiesta Bowl winner seeks a chance to play into more lucrative bowl games.

Boise State, currently a member of the Western Athletic Conference, would become the 10th member of the Mountain West Conference. The move will be effective July 1, 2011.

As Boise state aims to secure a clearer path to Bowl Championship Series games worth millions, Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson said his league was looking to add a football program that could help with national exposure and prime-time television exposure. The league is trying to make a case to become the seventh college football conference awarded an automatic bid to the BCS.

Glen Bleymaier Boise State AD (courtesy of Boise State Athletics)

In its two BCS bowl appearances thus far, Boise State upset Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl in overtime, 43-42 and beat TCU, a Mountain West member, in the January 2009 Fiesta Bowl.

Boise state has simply dominated the WAC, compiling a 49-4 record and winning three Western Athletic Conference titles in four years under Broncos coach Chris Peterson.

Boise State athletic director Glen Bleymaier said as far as travel time, the Mountain West made sense for his school. In the WAC, the Broncos travel to Hawaii and Louisiana.

The Mountain West Conference is more concentrated as Boise State joins the Air Force Academy, Brigham Young, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State, TCU, UNLV, Utah and Wyoming.

The Mountain West Conference has a television package with CBS Sports and VERSUS which is 10 years and $120 million.

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