Grambling State University and the University of Louisiana System will conduct an institutional review – of all departments, not just athletics – after its football players boycotted their game Saturday over poor management and facility conditions, USA Today reported Tuesday. Pogue and Louisiana System President Sandra Woodley will lead the review, which will comprise a comprehensive university assessment and recommendations for improvement.
“I believe good things can come from creative tension,” Grambling President Frank Pogue told the Louisiana Board of Supervisors. “You can use creative tension to bring attention to the needs of society. In this case we are using it to bring attention to something larger than athletics – larger than football. What we are addressing today is symptomatic of something larger that exists on our campus, our financial plight.”
Also on Tuesday, Grambling's scheduled opponents for Saturday, Jackson State University, announced the institution would sue "Grambling State and others" over the financial loss. In a statement, a Jackson State spokesman described how Grambling repeatedly reassured officials that the team would compete in the sold-out homecoming game before ultimately failing to show Saturday. The financial losses to the university and the city could be in the millions, the statement says.
"We have a fiduciary responsibility to Mississippi taxpayers and the JSU community to mitigate our ongoing and substantial losses," it says. "It would be irresponsible for JSU to fail to pursue some redress."