Grambling State fires Doug Williams

Doug Williams (Source: Grambling State University)
Doug Williams (Source: Grambling State University)

GRAMBLING, LA (WAFB) - Grambling State University has fired head football coach Doug Williams.

Grambling President Frank Pogue fired Williams Wednesday morning. According to Grambling spokesperson Will Sutton, the university has to pay Williams the remainder of his contract, which is $225,000, plus another 30 days of his salary.

Grambling has to pay former Coach Doug Williams the remainder of his contract which is $225,000 plus another 30 days of his salary, according to  Grambling Spokesperson Will Sutton.

Will Sutton, a spokesperson for the university released the following statement:

"Coach Doug Williams has been released from his contract. The university has decided to go in other directions."

The firing comes four days after losing to UL-M 48-10.

Grambling started the season with a 23-9 loss to Alabama A&M.

The Zachary native coached Grambling from 1998-2002, winning three consecutive SWAC titles before leaving for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Williams was hired again in 2011 by Grambling to lead the football program after a quick stint with the UFL's Virginia Destroyers.

In 2011, the Tigers went 8-4 and won another SWAC title.

Last year Grambling went 1-10, before starting 0-2 this year.

Williams had an overall record of 62-33 at Grambling.

George Ragsdale, GSU running backs coach, has been named interim head coach.

Grambling State University released the following statement:

GRAMBLING, LA (September 11, 2013) Grambling State University running backs coach George Ragsdale has assumed head football coaching duties, effective immediately.

Ragsdale becomes interim head coach as the Tigers head to the Missouri Classic in Kansas City with a 0-2 record. The G-Men finished the 2012 season with a record of 1-10. Head football coach Doug Williams was released from his position, effective immediately. The university has decided to move in another direction, buying out the remainder of his contract.

"We recognize Doug Williams' many contributions to our football legacy," said Pogue, "and we express our deep appreciation for his service to Grambling State University and we wish him well in the future."

Ragsdale has coached in the SWAC and MEAC, including coaching at North Carolina A&T State University, Norfolk State University, Morris Brown College and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He was a four-year letterman at A&T, his alma mater, and he still holds the school's all-time rushing record and he helped the school reach its first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championship in 1975. Ragsdale played with the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Washington Redskins. He also played in the United States Football League (USFL) with the Oklahoma Outlaws.

The university will have no further comment at this time.

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