A Grambling fires coach headline has begun to trend in surprising football news this week, as Tigers coach Doug Williams has been booted this Wednesday following the Tigers’ two losses in the first two season games. NBC Sports reports today, Sept. 11, that Grambling University formally announced it had bought out the rest of former Coach Williams’ contract.
Since Grambling fired Coach Williams, a running backs coach familiar with the team, George Ragsdale, will be taking over as head coach in the interim. Although no reason for the firing has been given at this time, many football fans suspect it has been Doug Williams’ relatively poor win-loss record, including the two losses the Tigers faced so far in the season.
According to Grambling, the university had “a 1-10 record in 2012, including going 0-9 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference while under Doug Williams … Furthermore, Grambling lost its big opener to Alabama State with a score of 23-9 and was once again defeated by Louisiana-Monroe 48-10 just last weekend.”
Williams first became the head coach of Grambling’s back in 1998, and after an office job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for much of the 2000s, returned to his position this 2011, that year leading his team to a SWAC championship. Being fired from his work with the Tigers this week was said to be a “surprise” for him.
The university ultimately offered a statement noting it was “moving in another direction” when deciding to end Doug Williams’ contract early as head coach; the contract would have continued on to next season.
"We recognize Doug Williams' many contributions to our football legacy, and we express our deep appreciation for his service to Grambling State University and we wish him well in the future," Grambling President Frank Pogue announced.
As for Williams’ brief response to the firing, he said there wasn’t a lot of conversation involved.
"There wasn't a lot of conversation. I told him, `OK,' and I was gone," Williams finished.