You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Colleges

  • Badgers survive test against Georgetown
    Duje Dukan thought he had created a turnover with a held ball. The referees said he was guilty of a foul instead. It’s a play that won’t make highlight reels, won’t get pointed to in any boxscore. But it sparked No.
  • Boykin and No. 6 TCU romp over Texas
    AUSTIN, Texas — Trevone Boykin passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, and No.
  • Mustangs run away from Texas Southern
    DALLAS (AP) — Nic Moore scored 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting, with seven steals and six assists, as the Warsaw Community High School graduate led SMU over Texas Southern 72-59 on Wednesday.
Advertisement

Grambling players end boycott, practice

– Naquan Smith and his Grambling football teammates have no regrets about a nearly weeklong boycott that forced the university to forfeit its game against Jackson State on Saturday.

Grambling players stood behind Smith on Monday during a news conference outside of the Eddie Robinson Museum on campus. Smith said the entire team was present and that the vote to return to the field was “100 percent.”

“The football team took a stance on what we thought was right,” Smith said. “We did not quit on our university. There are many problems that exist and if no one says anything, nothing will become of our institution. We hope coach Eddie Robinson and his legendary players appreciate we took a stand and thought we were right.”

Grambling’s players staged the boycott because of many issues with university leaders, including the school’s rundown facilities, long bus trips to road games and personnel decisions.

Grambling President Frank Pogue said Monday night that players would not face any repercussions for the boycott, and that the national attention would help publicize the funding plight for historically black colleges and universities like Grambling.

Pogue said work is already scheduled to be done to improve conditions in the football team’s weight room.

“We will continue to support our football team – our players,” Pogue said. “We will pay attention, obviously, as much as we can financially to enhance all the athletic facilities including those in football. My concern now is we move forward together. The students have expressed themselves, their opinions.”

Smith said players decided end the boycott after reaching out to several Grambling greats, including former coach Doug Williams, who advised them to, “Go out there and play football.”

Smith said although the team will play, “We have not forgotten the situation and how we’ve gotten here.”

Players refused to travel to Saturday’s game at Jackson State, a forfeit, because of issues with university leaders.

Grambling players returned to the practice field on Monday for a light workout. The Tigers host Texas Southern on Saturday.

Advertisement