Grambling, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Grambling State relieved George Ragsdale as
interim football coach and named defensive coordinator Dennis "Dirt" Winston to
the same position on Thursday.
The announcement by the Southwestern Athletic Conference university came on the
second straight day that football players did not practice as they continued to
voice frustration over the direction of their winless season.
Ragsdale was reassigned within the athletics department.
The Shreveport Times reported Tigers players walked out of a meeting with
school administration following Tuesday's practice, then staged a first day of
boycotting practice on Wednesday. A source told the newspaper that players had
sought to discuss former head coach Doug Williams' firing in mid-September and
the way they have been treated by administration, including being made to
travel what they feel are excessive distances by bus to certain road games.
The Tigers have an 0-7 record, the first two losses under Williams and the last
five under Ragsdale. The team, which finished 1-10 last year after winning the
SWAC championship under Williams in 2011, has lost 13 straight conference
Winston served two stints as a Grambling assistant coach under the legendary
Eddie Robinson during the 1990s.
Grambling is scheduled to play at Jackson State in a SWAC game on Saturday.
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