Grambling State Will Not Be Forced to Vacate Championship From Doug Williams Coaching Era

Written by Thomas Scott

August 9, 2017

Grambling State President Richard Gallot

On July 28th,  Grambling State President Richard Gallot sent out a heart felt letter addressed to the “GSU Family.” With an act of total transparency, Gallot informed the GSU Family of looming NCAA discipline based on actions of the previous regime and then outlined steps the athletic department was taking to eliminate these issues. 

Grambling admitted to a number of infractions that took place between 2010-2015. According to the NCAA, ineligible players were allowed to participate in various sports. This is an extremely serious Level II NCAA violation. Which simply means:

“Significant and intentional efforts to achieve an advantage over competitors, compromising the athletic competition and fairness model.”

As a result of these findings, Grambling self imposed sanctions on their athletic programs. One of the sanctions included vacating the 2011 SWAC Football Championship coached by former GSU legend, Doug Williams. 

Former Grambling State Coach, Doug Williams 📸 BSO

In a shocking turn of events, the NCAA decided that Grambling State will not be forced to vacate their 2011 title. Violations that occured in 2011 are not a part of the NCAA sanctions. GSU Athletic Director, Paul Bryant was extremely excited about this turn of events. He said, 

“It’s certainly good news that former head football coach Doug Williams and his G-men team will continue to be recognized for the good performances they had in fall 2011.”

It is imperative that the Grambling Tigers maintain NCAA compliance going forward. Their football team is the defending SWAC and National HBCU champions and are a favorite to repeat. To learn about the steps Grambling is implementing to eliminate future compliance problems regarding please visit the GSU Tiger website.  

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