Grambling coach Doug Williams was the 17th overall pick in the 1978 NFL draft by Tampa Bay and was MVP of Super Bowl XXII while playing for the Washington Redskins. (Photo: Kevin Jairaj, USA TODAY Sports)
Grambling, LA (Sports Network) - Grambling State University fired Doug
on Wednesday from his second stint as the team's head football coach.
The Tigers have a 1-12 record, including two losses to open this season, since
they won the 2011 Southwestern Athletic Conference title in Williams' first
season back at his alma mater.
Grambling State announced in a statement that it is moving in another
and will buy out the remainder of Williams' contract. Running backs coach
George Ragsdale has assumed the head coaching duties.
"We recognize Doug Williams' many contributions to our football legacy," GSU
president Frank Pogue said, "and we express our deep appreciation for his
service to Grambling State University and we wish him well in the future."
The News Star in Monroe, La., reported that Williams said he was called into
Pogue's office Wednesday morning, handed a slip of paper and fired.
"There wasn't a lot of conversation," Williams told the News Star. "I told him
'OK' and I was gone."
Williams played quarterback at Grambling State under legendary coach Eddie
Robinson. He succeeded Robinson as head coach for six seasons from 1998-2003
before returning in 2011.
Williams had a 61-34 record in nine seasons, winning four SWAC titles.
During a nine-year NFL career, he was the first African-American quarterback
lead his team to a Super Bowl title, earning MVP honors of the Washington
Redskins' Super Bowl XXII win in 1987. He also played two years in the USFL.
Williams' son D.J., a junior, is Grambling State's starting quarterback.
The Tigers (0-2) next play Lincoln (Mo.) on Saturday in Kansas City, Mo.
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