For Grambling: Welcome back, champions — to a disgrace

League and national championships bring with them certain perks.

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.

ROLL CALL
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.

SCHEDULE
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.

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22 comments

  1. Didn't Doug have issues with the field conditions as well? The maintanence department at GSU is pathetic to say the least.

  2. I just can't understand GSU groundskeepers. Is anyone going behind these folks and checking their work. Tech ain't won squat and their grass are kept up like they have won championships galore. GSU! Have you any pride at all. I went to the old stadium to watch Da' Champs practice and grass was all on the track. Does anybody care?

  3. Didn’t Doug have issues with the field conditions as well? The maintanence department at GSU is pathetic to say the least.

  4. I played football for GSU back in 1991-1994 and the practice fields then was horrible, why not show coach broadway a little appreciation with a good practice field, it is sad and embarrasing that a school maintenance department is to lazy to plant some good grass and keep it mowed. You have smaller schools with better practice fields than Grambling. They administration expect coach broadway to win, but give him what he needs before he decides to leave and get tired of the mess. GSU is lucky to have him so let's do what we have to do to keep him happy

  5. I just can’t understand GSU groundskeepers. Is anyone going behind these folks and checking their work. Tech ain’t won squat and their grass are kept up like they have won championships galore. GSU! Have you any pride at all. I went to the old stadium to watch Da’ Champs practice and grass was all on the track. Does anybody care?

  6. Its sad that outsourcing is even an option with all these employed people at gsu. The sad thing is that We have a winning team and this is how they are treated. That's just sad!

  7. I played football for GSU back in 1991-1994 and the practice fields then was horrible, why not show coach broadway a little appreciation with a good practice field, it is sad and embarrasing that a school maintenance department is to lazy to plant some good grass and keep it mowed. You have smaller schools with better practice fields than Grambling. They administration expect coach broadway to win, but give him what he needs before he decides to leave and get tired of the mess. GSU is lucky to have him so let’s do what we have to do to keep him happy

  8. Its sad that outsourcing is even an option with all these employed people at gsu. The sad thing is that We have a winning team and this is how they are treated. That’s just sad!

  9. Adversity has always been one of the things that has made GSU successful. When I played at GSU people actually got injured from practicing or playing on those crude surfaces. Forget out sourcing, GSU needs field turf it's very low maintenance.

  10. Fieldturf on the practice and everywhere else. There is no excuse for not edging the sidewalk and weedeateing wild grass. Adversity builds character but unkept grounds loses RECRUITS and Money. Somebody must realize tha GSU campus aint the only school that recruits football players. Other schools recruit also.

  11. Adversity has always been one of the things that has made GSU successful. When I played at GSU people actually got injured from practicing or playing on those crude surfaces. Forget out sourcing, GSU needs field turf it’s very low maintenance.

  12. No one has wanted to commit money to the upkeep…its more than just paint…last season, the practice field was in great shape thanks to a donation

    SU has a guy on staff whose job is groundskeeping…

  13. Fieldturf on the practice and everywhere else. There is no excuse for not edging the sidewalk and weedeateing wild grass. Adversity builds character but unkept grounds loses RECRUITS and Money. Somebody must realize tha GSU campus aint the only school that recruits football players. Other schools recruit also.

  14. No one has wanted to commit money to the upkeep…its more than just paint…last season, the practice field was in great shape thanks to a donation

    SU has a guy on staff whose job is groundskeeping…

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