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08:34 AM ET 10.27 | Dallas defensive lineman and former Grambling State standout Jason Hatcher used the term "embarrassing" and "nonsense" to describe the recent situation at his alma mater, where players last week skipped a game against Jackson State because of a number of grievances. League scouts who had visited Grambling for a number of years, and saw firsthand the deteriorating conditions there -- not to mention the shrinking talent base -- were even stronger in their assessment. They called the situation deplorable and saddening in discussions with NFP.

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October 27, 2013  08:48 AM ET

Corporate donations, sponsorships, and alumni support would be the quickest way to turn this situation around.

October 27, 2013  09:12 AM ET

It is a State run and funded school in a State . The problem is all due to politics. Got it? Here ya go, just the facts:

" In 2009, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal turned down stimulus money from the federal government. That same year, Jindal cut $219 million in state funds for higher education, including $5 million that would have been earmarked for Grambling. In January 2012, Jindal announced an additional mid-year budget cut of $50 million for higher education, with Grambling losing out on nearly $1 million of that total. "


Since 2008 the school has seen a 50% drop in State funding. The athletics program has lost over 2 million dollars in state support in the last three years.

Predominantly black schools is not a high priority with the State Legislature or Governor in Louisiana. But neither is health care with almost one million of it's citizens without insurance ( 938,00 by latest figures).

Make of it what you will.

October 27, 2013  10:00 AM ET

Grambling is the canary in the coal mine for about 70% of CFB programs. They'll go the way of my alma mater, UT-Arlington, and drop football altogether.

October 27, 2013  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

It is a State run and funded school in a State . The problem is all due to politics. Got it? Here ya go, just the facts:" In 2009, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal turned down stimulus money from the federal government. That same year, Jindal cut $219 million in state funds for higher education, including $5 million that would have been earmarked for Grambling. In January 2012, Jindal announced an additional mid-year budget cut of $50 million for higher education, with Grambling losing out on nearly $1 million of that total. "Since 2008 the school has seen a 50% drop in State funding. The athletics program has lost over 2 million dollars in state support in the last three years.Predominantly black schools is not a high priority with the State Legislature or Governor in Louisiana. But neither is health care with almost one million of it's citizens without insurance ( 938,00 by latest figures).Make of it what you will.

Thank you for the background SF. Being an out of state (Ohio) resident, I did not know any of this.

October 27, 2013  10:04 AM ET

Grambling should do like Troy and Appalachian State ... get a D1 payday every year.

October 27, 2013  10:06 AM ET
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Grambling is the canary in the coal mine for about 70% of CFB programs. They'll go the way of my alma mater, UT-Arlington, and drop football altogether.

This is true. Simple economics would dictate as much as it takes boo coo $ to run a program. A true fact is that our clamor for a playoff has hastened this reality.

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October 27, 2013  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Grambling should do like Troy and Appalachian State ... get a D1 payday every year.

Good thought. Did not consider that idea. Throw all you have left in the pot. Either that or end up dropping the sport.

October 27, 2013  10:27 AM ET
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Grambling is the canary in the coal mine for about 70% of CFB programs. They'll go the way of my alma mater, UT-Arlington, and drop football altogether.

Mine too Harley. There are a bunch of FBS schools that are going to have to make a difficult decisions. I just can't see teams like UTEP, San Jose State, North Texas, Southern Miss, Marhsall, Western Michigan, Rice, etal making it. And it looking in the stands at some of the "big" conferences games, things may not be going to well for some of them either.

It is time to go to the superconferences...and I think only about 30 schools belong in that. Many of the others are just along for the ride.

October 27, 2013  10:30 AM ET
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Good thought. Did not consider that idea. Throw all you have left in the pot. Either that or end up dropping the sport.

Grambling could put some of those business majors to work and develop a better marketing campaign for the team and the band. If they came to my area I'd buy a ticket just to see the band perform.

October 27, 2013  10:37 AM ET
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Grambling should do like Troy and Appalachian State ... get a D1 payday every year.

This is what the LSOPs are having to do already. And we criticize the monster D1 schools for scheduling these "cupcakes." The harsh reality is that these small programs are forced into these beatdowns by necessity, and are thankful for the privilege. Kind of sad when we really think about the economics driving it all.

October 27, 2013  10:40 AM ET
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This is what the LSOPs are having to do already. And we criticize the monster D1 schools for scheduling these "cupcakes." The harsh reality is that these small programs are forced into these beatdowns by necessity, and are thankful for the privilege. Kind of sad when we really think about the economics driving it all.

Troy has received plenty of SEC money maybe they could float Grambling a no interest loan.

October 27, 2013  10:42 AM ET

I wonder if they can sell that Maurice Jersey on EBAY and get some cash coming in the door?

October 27, 2013  10:44 AM ET
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Mine too Harley. There are a bunch of FBS schools that are going to have to make a difficult decisions. I just can't see teams like UTEP, San Jose State, North Texas, Southern Miss, Marhsall, Western Michigan, Rice, etal making it. And it looking in the stands at some of the "big" conferences games, things may not be going to well for some of them either. It is time to go to the superconferences...and I think only about 30 schools belong in that. Many of the others are just along for the ride.

Mornin' DC. We have de facto super conferences already. The PAC 12, Big 12, ACC, SEC, B1G, and now the AAC (nee Big East) are all part of the Automatic Qualifiers for 2014. Everybody else will be sucking hind teat.

In your immortal words: Conference Realignment Sucks.

October 27, 2013  11:47 AM ET

Back in the late 70s- early 80s, Prairie View A&M was a little worse off than Grambling. They were so short of money, they played football w/o any scholly players and it showed. At the time, they ended up with the longest losing streak in D1 football. They past the old Columbia record. The school itself was in trouble.

The school admin. started a campaign to get alums, corporation help and friends of the school to get a major fundraising going. It musta worked. They seem to be doing fine now. But it was a long road back for them.

October 27, 2013  11:51 AM ET
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Grambling is the canary in the coal mine for about 70% of CFB programs.



They'll go the way of my alma mater, UT-Arlington, and drop football altogether.

And I still miss that conference game with McNeese. I looked forward to that game more than the USL or LaTech game. Those were some knockdown-dragout slobber-knockers!

October 27, 2013  11:55 AM ET
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Grambling could put some of those business majors to work and develop a better marketing campaign for the team and the band. If they came to my area I'd buy a ticket just to see the band perform.

Doc's quote was meant to go with post 15, but my rememberer is not quite to full speed this morning!!! Or most mornings. Well, ... every morning.

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October 27, 2013  12:36 PM ET
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Mornin' DC. We have de facto super conferences already. The PAC 12, Big 12, ACC, SEC, B1G, and now the AAC (nee Big East) are all part of the Automatic Qualifiers for 2014. Everybody else will be sucking hind teat.In your immortal words: Conference Realignment Sucks.

Mornin' Harley. Some of the teams in those leagues you listed are even in the red big time. They've overspent trying to keep up with the Jones' and are along for the ride.

..and you are right....

CONFERENCE REALIGNMENT SUCKS

 
October 27, 2013  12:40 PM ET
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Sounds more like the State of Louisiana see cuts in Higher Ed as a way to help with budget woes and those cuts aren't directed solely at predominantly black schools.

Yep. When you cut a % it is felt more at the smaller institutions like Grambling. I'm guessing all of 'em got cut the same % but it if felt more at the ones that don't have the multitude of alternative resourcing.

Kind of like a Highland Park. They can pass the hat and get enough to pay cash for an indoor workout facility without any tax money. Dallas Hillcrest could pass the hat forever and not get enough to pay for the concrete foundation.

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