After signing a four-year contract with the institution, Grambling State University celebrates its new head coach, Hue Jackson. The former Las Vegas Raiders and Cleveland Browns head coach will replace the prior head coach Broderick Fobbs who was fired after eight years with the Tigers.
Grambling State University President Richard J. Gallot, Jr. and Vice President of Intercollegiate of Athletics Dr. Trayvean Scott presented Hue Jackson as the 14th head football coach in Tiger history.
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“It’s such an amazing day at Grambling and to see students represented here, to see faculty and staff, to see alumni and former G-Men who have assembled here today,” Gallot said. “It’s is great to see everyone who is here today to witness the naming of our new leader of our football program.”
Jackson previously worked with another HBCU, Tennessee State University as their wide receiver coach and offensive coordinator. With Jackson taking his talents to Grambling’s program, he is another NFL coach joining HBCU athletic programs. Other NFL Hall of Famers include Deion Sanders, Jackson State University’s Head coach, and Eddie George coaches Tennessee State.
“In the decades that I’ve known this university, from the time of my youth in North Baton Rouge, I can vividly recall attending my first Bayou Classic at the age of 5, eating peanuts in the terrace section of the Louisiana Superdome,” Scott said.
“I can also vividly remember watching Until the day I was named athletic director, and every day since,” he continued. “One constant that I know will never change. Grambling State University fans love a winner! — I know GSU fans will love Hue Jackson.
Despite the excitement surrounding the Tigers’ future, members of the football team are speaking out against the school’s president. — Dr. Jim Henderson, President of the University of Louisiana System and board regents, received a letter from the team asking for an in-depth investigation and sharing their vote of “no confidence” for USA President Gallot.
The team is accusing Gallot of mistreatment, lack of institutional control, the possibility of misappropriation of funds, and lack of financial support for GSU’s football team.
The team is reportedly also displeased with their weight room due to outdated equipment and broken weights. The Tigers communicated their experience with the institutions’ sports medicine division, citing failure to give them tape and water during practices, misdiagnosing injuries, not giving timely medical attention, and providing a clean environment.
“We’ve had three consecutive years of no findings in our audits. Our finances are in great shape,” Gallot said. “I’ve always maintained an open-door policy to all students who’d like to meet with me to address any campus concerns they may have.”
The letter accuses Gallot as “the main contributor to the decline of Gambling State University Football that used to be the “Black Notre Dame” and ICON of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the state of Louisiana and the nation.”
Next year should be very interesting for GSU and the football team.