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SWAC upholds fines against Grambling; School will have to pay $50K

SWAC upholds fines against Grambling; School will have to pay $50K

The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) has upheld a ruling that imposed fines and sanctions against Grambling State University. According to the News Star:

Grambling will be required to pay a $50,000 fine, along with road trips to Jackson, Miss., in both 2014 and 2016 to help offset JSU’s lost revenue from the Oct. 19 game which Grambling’s players boycotted.

The SWAC commissioner Duer Sharp seemed solid in his stance and says he’s ready to move on.

“The league is now looking forward to moving on to ensure this situation does not happen again,” SWAC commissioner Duer Sharp said in a statement.

This news didn’t sit too well GSU President Dr. Frank Pogue and athletic director Aaron James.

“In consultation with legal counsel, we prepared a carefully crafted, direct and reasonable appeal,” Pogue said.


“So we’ll accept the ruling and move forward as head football coach Broderick Fobbs rebuilds the historic and legendary Grambling State University football program.”

Jersey Girl Sports fam I think the university should just pay the fine and move on. The school recently won $50,000 in a contest with All-State Insurance so, it looks like that money will be put to use. As far as the other money, well–here’s what the athletic director had to say:

“If allowed to stand, the conference ruling would mean that Grambling State University would have to pay as much as $305,000 once the $50,000 fine and travel costs at about $41,000 per trip to Jackson and related expenses are included,” James said in a statement.


“That’s completely unacceptable.”

Correction Mr. James. What’s unacceptable were the conditions which ultimately led to the boycott. Add to that inadequate use of resources and a staff supported by administration that isn’t forward thinking as it relates to the football program or the Grambling State University legacy as a whole is what is truly unacceptable!

What do you think?

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

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