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UPDATE: GSU Forfeits Game to Jackson State; UL System Issues Statement

Grambling State University has forfeited its game this weekend against Jackson State.
 (Charter buses waiting to take GSU players to Jackson, MS)
(Charter buses waiting to take GSU players to Jackson, MS)
GSU band practicing for Saturday (Ashley Johnson)
GSU band practicing for Saturday (Ashley Johnson)
 (GSU President holds a news conference to discuss issues at GSU)
(GSU President holds a news conference to discuss issues at GSU)
 (Ashley Johnson)
(Ashley Johnson)
 (Ashley Johnson)
(Ashley Johnson)
UPDATE: UL System President Sandra Woodley and Board of Supervisors Chairman Wayne Parker issued this statement late Friday night:

"The University of Louisiana System has been closely monitoring the recent events surrounding Grambling State University's legendary football program. The student athletes are our primary concern, and while we respect their right to protest we are concerned about the unintended consequences resulting from this action. We are working closely with President Pogue, the NCAA, and other advisors to proceed in a compassionate manner that minimizes potentially harmful ramifications for our students and demonstrates pride and dignity for Grambling."

According to the SWAC bylaws: Grambling will be fined $20,000 for their forfeit to JSU.

UPDATE:
With the forfeit GSU is now 0-8 on the year. The Tigers are scheduled to face Texas Southern at home next Saturday. 

UPDATE:
At a 5:30 p.m. news conference, The Jackson State Athletic Department announced that GSU will not field a team on Saturday. 

According to WLBT, Jackson's State's Eric Stringfellow said that all other homecoming activities will go on a scheduled, and the football team will play an inter squad scrimmage at 2 p.m. Saturday in place of the game.

The game will be considered a forfeit. KTVE/KARD has repeatedly sought comment from GSU officials, but we've not heard back. 

UPDATE:
WLBT in Jackson is reporting via the Jackson State University Athletics Dept. that GSU will not field a team this Saturday. 

UPDATE:
In a statement via text to USA Today; former GSU Coach Doug Williams said "I'm proud of them boys. They took a stance."


UPDATE: 
Charter buses have left the campus of Grambling State University without the football team. There still has not been any confirmation that the game tomorrow between GSU/JSU has been canceled.


UPDATE: 
Charter buses are still waiting on Grambling State University's campus to take the football team to Jackson for a game on Saturday. A new departure time of 3:30 has come and gone and still no movement. 


UPDATE: The buses scheduled to take GSU football players to Jackson State are now scheduled to leave at 3:30 p.m. 
The GSU band is still set to go to Jackson and will only cancel its trip if the football team does not make the trip. 



UPDATE:
Buses are sitting on Grambling State University's campus ready to take the team to Jackson for a game on Saturday. But players are telling KTVE that they are not playing this weekend. 

The buses are scheduled to leave for Jackson State at 2:30 p.m.




Grambling -- GSU Frank Pogue held a news conference Friday morning to discuss the tumultuous week his University is having. 

On Wednesday the football team refused to practice; on Thursday the University re-assigned interim head coach George Ragsdale and named defensive coordinator Dennis Winston the new interim coordinator. 

During his news conference Pogue said the team is set to leave for Jackson State later today, but was uncertain if the entire team will be present. 
Pogue did not discuss any consequences for those players that refuse to travel to Jackson for Saturday's game.
In addressing the media Pogue reiterated the financial problems GSU is currently facing and that its not feasible to fly the team to every away game; which was one of the recent complaints by the football team. 
They traveled by bus to recent games in Kansas and Indiana. 

GSU Athletic Director Aaron James also took part in the news conference. James say the football team and new interim coach Winston has his support. 

Another concern the players expressed was the condition of the weight room. James says the floor to the weight room is in the process of being repaired and should be done in two to three weeks and is costing the university $32,000. 


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