Grambling Athletes Boycott Football Game

October 21, 2013

Grambling State University football players refused to travel by bus the 154 miles to Jackson State University for their scheduled game Saturday. The forfeiture comes after the team walked out of a meeting with Grambling State President Frank Pogue and then boycotted two practices, all over administrators' refusal to address poor facility conditions, the firing of head coach Doug Williams, and excessively long travel to games, athletes said.

Grambling State, a historically black university in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, is in dire financial straits, officials have said. In an apology to the Jackson State president, Pogue said "unfortunately too many of our players don't understand the degree of our fiscal challenges."

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