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Grambling Players Refuse to Travel to Game

Grambling players at the end of the first half against Texas Christian at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.

By David Brandt

JACKSON, Miss. — A Jackson State spokesman has announced that the game against Grambling has been canceled.

JSU spokesman Wesley Peterson told The Associated Press that Grambling officials contacted Jackson State to inform the university of the decision.

Disgruntled Grambling players had refused to travel to Mississippi for the game. Grambling spokesman Will Sutton had said earlier in a text to the AP that there would be “no forfeit” and that Grambling officials were trying to determine the next step to take.

Apparently, nothing could be worked out so that the game could be played.

The apparent player boycott was the latest in three days of upheaval for Grambling’s proud program. Several media outlets have reported that players did not attend practice because of issues with program and school leadership.

Grambling (0-7) has changed coaches twice in about two months. Doug Williams was fired two games into the season and replaced by George Ragsdale, who was reassigned and replaced by Dennis “Dirt” Winston.

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