Is the Future of Grambling State Football In Jeopardy?

10/19/13 in NCAAF   |   BlakeLovell   |   86 respect

Sep 12, 2013; Ruston, LA, USA;  Grambling State Tigers head coach Doug Williams attends the game between the Tulane Green Wave and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Joe Aillet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY SportsIn what is undoubtedly one of the more unique stories in college football thus far this season, Saturday's SWAC showdown between Grambling State and Jackson State has been cancelled due to ongoing protests from Grambling players.

Here's a small tidbit from the ESPN story:

The players -- upset with travel policies, poor facility conditions and a tumultuous coaching situation -- made a decision not to play at a team meeting Friday afternoon, a player told ESPN's Brett McMurphy.

"We aren't playing," the player said.

In case you haven't been following this story over the past few days, the demands from the players have been the same from the start.

The players felt as though the first interim coach that was hired following the firing of former coach Doug Williams (pictured) wasn't the right choice. So, he's now been replaced by another interim coach.

But the players also feel as though they shouldn't have to make long treks on a bus like they did a week ago when they hit the 750 mile mark on a trip to Indianapolis. Of course, as it mentions in the ESPN report, this week's trip to Jackson would have only been 160 miles or so. I think we all know it was about more than this one trip though.

Grambling State has yet to win a game this season, and given how all of this is unfolding, it might take quite a bit for that first win to actually happen. 

Now, there will be those who support the players for taking a stand in the situation, and there will be those who feel they are in the wrong for causing all of this turmoil in terms of having coaches fired and games cancelled.

Either way, it's a shame that this has to happen. Especially if you're playing for Jackson State.

Instead of going out and playing the game that you were scheduled to play, now you have to settle for a scrimmage against the same guys you see every single day in practice.

With the players having demands that are of a financial nature (improving facilities and requesting a plane for road games), it doesn't seem likely that this will be a quick fix. If the school was in a position financially to do all of this, they probably would have already done it.

My guess is that this mess could continue for a while longer. The eventual resolution? The players cave with persuasion from the second interim coach.

But what if they don't? What happens to Grambling State football? That's a question the school can't afford to have to answer.

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