Grambling names Broderick Fobbs new head coach
Grambling State has named current McNeese State tight ends coach
Broderick Fobbs as the Tigers’ next head coach, hoping he can not
only win but also heal a strained relationship between players and
Fobbs, whose hiring was announced Wednesday, will remain with
McNeese through the Cowboys’ second-round FCS playoff game
Saturday. He’ll then take over for Dennis ”Dirt” Winston, who was
Grambling’s second interim coach of 2013, a season defined by a
midseason player walkout that forced the cancellation of Jackson
State’s homecoming game in October.
Fobbs has a Grambling background. The son of Grambling
graduates, he played running back for the Tigers in the mid-1990s
for former Hall of Fame coach Eddie Robison.
”It’s an opportunity I’ve always dreamed of at a place where
I’ve always dreamed of being,” Fobbs said. ”I stand on the
shoulders of a number of great men, and many of them coached and
mentored me. They instilled in me the importance of GSU’s
expectations, history and legacy and we’re going to do just what
they expect and deserve.”
Fobbs, 39, also has been an assistant coach at Northwestern
Grambling wrapped up a school-worst 1-11 season with a 40-17
loss to Southern in the Bayou Classic last Saturday. In 2012, the
Tigers were 1-10.
”I couldn’t be happier that Broderick has agreed to return home
and lead our football program back to greatness,” Grambling
President Frank Pogue said. ”It’s obvious that we’ve had a couple
of truly difficult seasons, and that’s not something that Grambling
State alums and supporters are used to – and we’re about to change
that with Fobbs.”
Players walked out in protest of decrepit training conditions,
long bus rides to Kansas City and Indianapolis, and the
administration’s general handling of the once-proud program.
Players were particularly upset over the early season firing of
popular former head coach Doug Williams, who is one of the school’s
best known alumni, having won a Super Bowl with the Washington
Redskins. They portrayed the firing as symbolic of the
administration’s dysfunctional relationship with some of its
best-known former players and other alumni or prospective donors
who had the means to address the football programs’ needs
Williams was replaced by George Ragsdale, who lost five games
before being replaced by Winston during the same week in which the
walkout was staged.
The walkout lasted about a week resulted in Grambling forfeiting
Jackson State’s homecoming game.
When players returned, they rallied around Winston, a former NFL
linebacker and former assistant under Robinson in the 1990s. In
Winston’s four games, the Tigers won for the only time and lost a
pair of close games before falling in the Bayou Classic.
Winston said he was interested in getting the job permanently,
but was under the impression the university may have other
”We believe Fobbs is the right person to breathe new life into
our football program,” Pogue said, adding that Fobbs is
”professional, respectful, a listener, a doer and a strong
administrator who understands the multiple roles of a good football
coach in athletics and the university as a whole.”