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Grambling football practice did not take place Wednesday when no players showed up for the session.

According to the Shreveport Times, players are angry about having to make bus trips from Grambling, La., to Kansas City, Mo., and Indianapolis for games, and over the firing of coach Doug Williams last month.

Players walked out of a Tuesday meeting with university administrators, the newspaper reported.

The Tigers are 0-7 this season, 0-4 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, a Football Championship Subdivision league. In their past two games under interim head coach George Ragsdale, they lost 31-3 to Prairie View A&M at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and 48-0 to Alcorn State in Indianapolis.

University spokesman Will Sutton told the Times regarding Tuesday's meeting, "(The administration) 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 (when the Tigers finished 1-10).

"That's part of the reason why we have a new (athletics director) and are looking for a new football coach. The president wanted to make a point that the university supports and appreciates the team and these students, and that the administration will do everything we need to do for the future success of the program."

The Tigers are scheduled to play at Jackson State on Saturday.
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