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Grambling ousts interim coach

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One day after Grambling State players boycotted practice, the school announced that it replaced interim coach George Ragsdale with defensive coordinator Dennis "Dirt" Winston.

Ragsdale, who started the season as running backs coach took over for the fired Doug Williams as head coach last month, will be reassigned in the athletic department, school spokesman Will Sutton said.

Winston played linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New Orleans Saints in the NFL.

The Tigers are 0-7 overall and 0-4 in the SWAC entering Saturday's game against Jackson State. Williams was dismissed two games into this season after two losses by a combined 71-19 and on the heels of a 1-10 record in 2012. Grambling has lost 11 straight games and 17 in a row to NCAA opponents.

The Shreveport Times reported that players met with school officials on Tuesday to air grievances, including travel by bus instead of plane to games in Kansas City, Mo., and Indianapolis. They also voiced concerns about the firing of Williams.

The players walked out of the meeting, according to the newspaper, when the tone became negative. Then, on Wednesday, they failed to show up for an afternoon practice.

According to the Times, one of the conditions for the players returning was Ragsdale being relieved of his duties.

Sutton told the Times that administrators "knew that emotions were raw. No matter what, it was going to be a challenge for the team to feel good after this season and last season. That's part of the reason why we have a new (athletic director) and are looking for a new football coach."

The team was to conduct a closed practice on Thursday night, Sutton said. But there were reports of players leaving the facility around 6 p.m.
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