Longtime recievers coach Sammy White might not be the only departure from the Grambling staff, just weeks after completing a disappointing season without the SWAC West title, a first in Rod Broadway three seasons at the helm.
Secondary coach Sam Washington is one of four finalists for the head coaching position at league foe Mississippi Valley State, and is expected to visit Itta Bena on Thursday for in-person interviews.
Valley’s department of athletics, in conjunction with the university’s search commmittee announced Washington, as well as former NFL receiver and Savannah (Ga.) High School coach Charlie Brown; University of North Alabama defensive coordinator Karl Morgan; and Arkansas Baptist College head football coach Richard Wilson.
Washington, also in his third year at Grambling, is a former MVSU standout and assistant coach. After playing for the Pittsburg Steelers from 1982-86, he has been assistant coach at Bethune-Cookman, North Carolina Central, North Carolina A&T and then Valley, where he served as defensive coordinator.
Meanwhile, Grambling offensive coordinator James Spady (pictured, above right) interviewed for the head job at Division II national runner up Grand Valley State, and is one of six finalists to emerge from the lengthy interview process at Nicholls State, a member of the FCS Southland Conference.
Spady is the lone minority among the finalists at Nicholls, based in Thibodaux, La., where there were 42 original applicants. Grand Valley football coach Chuck Martin is leaving to become the defensive backs coach at Notre Dame.
Spady joined Broadway in Grambling after overseeing the offensive line with the head coach at North Carolina Central. Spady has also served as an assistant at South Carolina State and UTEP, where he was a four-year starter.
I thought Valley got very something right in this search, no matter who gets the nod, by letting the alumni interact with their potential hires, a rare occurance today — when so many programs keep the whole process behind closed doors. Each candidate will meet with the search committee, MVSU school president Donna Oliver and interim director of athletics Donald Sims. There is also a forum scheduled where alumni, university personnel and the public can meet the candidates.