A chaotic 48-hour sequence of events appears to have produced the desired result for members of the Grambling State football program: a new coach. A two-day practice boycott has resulted in the removal of interim head coach George Ragsdale and apparently ended the player strike.
Sean Isabella of the News-Star reports that the players ended their strike just hours after it was announced that defensive coordinator Dennis “Dirt” Wilson was named to replace Ragsdale. Ragsdale was originally named interim coach after Doug Williams was fired on Sept. 11.
According to the report, safety Naquan Smith revealed that the players wanted Ragsdale gone at a student gathering Thursday afternoon.
“As a team, we feel like we wanted (Ragsdale) to actually step down,” Smith said. “(The team) is behind us because they know what we’ve been going through. They know the struggle. We said we’re behind each other 100 percent.”
Grambling will play Jackson State Saturday at 2 PM CST.