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Grambling State Players Boycott Practice

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Grambling State players skipped practice Wednesday a day after walking out of meeting with administration. Photo by Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images.
Grambling State players skipped practice Wednesday a day after walking out of meeting with administration. Photo by Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images.

Grambling State coach George Ragsdale found it difficult to conduct a practice Wednesday when none of his players showed up.

The Grambling players met with administrators Tuesday to voice their concerns about traveling to games in Kansas City and Indianapolis by bus rather than plane and about the firing of their previous coach, Doug Williams, in September.

The meeting quickly became negative, and one player voiced his opinion using disrespectful language before leading a group of teammates out of the room and subsequently not showing up to practice the next day.

"The president is frustrated, the AD is frustrated, the students are frustrated, the alumni are frustrated, so we fully understand our players' frustration," Grambling spokesman Will Sutton said.

The Tigers (0-7, 0-4 SWAC), which went 1-10 last season, are in a 17-game losing streak, and lost the first two games this season with a combined score of 71-19 before Williams was fired.

"No matter what, it was going to be a challenge for the team to feel good after this season and last season," Sutton said. "The president wanted to make a point that the university supports and appreciates the team and these students, and that the administration will do everything we need to do for the future success of the program."

The school expects the team to show up for practice Thursday to prepare for its game against Jackson State (5-2, 5-0) on Saturday.