You know, rings, and banners. Respect.
Then you have the Grambling football team, which retook its own practice fields this week after winning both the Southwestern Athletic Conference crown and then the Sheridan Broadcasting Network’s mythical black college title only to find the grounds in a sad and shocking state of disrepair.
There were no hash marks or numbers on the main playing surface, and rotten areas where putrid water had stood along the sidelines, as pictured above. The secondary field, where the offensive and defensive lines typically work, was unmowed — and, thus, unusable.
Even allowing for a number of rainy days over the previous week, this was no way to greet a returning victor.
Grambling football has always been the bellcow for this university. You’d have been hard pressed to convince anybody of that on Monday.
Offensive lineman Greg McGrue is academically ineligible, and will sit out. Coaches are optimistic that the time away will strengthen him as a player, both physically and in terms of his command of the playbook.
Jomarcus Savage, the rumored Auburn transfer, is reportedly on campus — but was not dressed out with the team. Neither was Bastrop, La., product Bud Patterson.
John Carter, who made 51 tackles as a starter on the weakside in 2007, has rejoined the team. He stood on the sidelines during the main practice sessions today, however.
Cedric Goins, the cornerback prospect out of Richwood who earned a two-star ranking from Rivals.com, was working in the secondary.
GRAMBLING’S (NEW) WHITE TIGER
I’ve been intrigued by backup quarterback Danny Reyes, who has impressive arm stength. Though, I’ve got to admit I find Grambling signing yet another 6-foot-or-below passer more notable than the fact that he is, well, white.
That said: Reyes threw for nearly 2,000 yards, earning second-team all-county honors, as Tarpon Springs finished second in Florida’s District 8-4A. He’s been described as a dual-threat quarterback by scouting services.
Following afternoon sessions on both Sunday and Monday, third-year coach Rod Broadway told me today that Grambling is set to go at 8 a.m. through Friday. The team will switch to shells on Wednesday, Broadway said. They are expected to participate in the first full-pads sessions on Friday.
Fan Day, I’m hearing, is scheduled for Aug. 15.