CFB Roundup: Jackson State to sue Grambling over forfeit

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Jackson State plans to file a lawsuit against Grambling State over the forfeiture of last Saturday's homecoming game, the school announced.
The university wants to recoup the financial losses from the cancellation of a game that typically draws 20,000 or more fans. Jackson State is in the process of refunding money to 11,246 ticket buyers, who have until Wednesday to claim their refunds.
A Jackson State spokesman estimated the lost revenue will be at least $200,000.
Grambling players boycotted the game last week, failing to show up for the bus trip to Jackson, Miss., on Friday. They cited run-down conditions of training facilities, health concerns, long bus trips and the firing of popular coach Doug Williams. The players also did not come to practices last Wednesday and Thursday.
The players returned this week and Grambling's home game against Texas Southern is expected to be played on Saturday. The team met with several former Grambling players as well as Baton Rouge businessman Jim Bernhard, all of whom advised the players to end their boycott, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Williams was fired last month and George Ragsdale, who was named the interim coach, was reassigned last week. Now the Grambling interim coach is Dennis Winston, who was appointed to the position last week.
Meanwhile, Grambling also could face a fine from the Southwestern Athletic Conference for the forfeit.
Grambling president Frank Pogue pointed to state budgets cuts that have created financial difficulties for the university. He hopes the national attention the historically black school received from the football walkout action.
Pogue said he has received hundreds of emails and calls supporting the university.
"If you want to be helpful to Grambling, write a check," he said.

---Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd laughed off an Internet rumor that he accumulated thousands of dollars in NFL gambling debts, telling reporters there is no truth to it.
Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich had the athletic department's compliance office check out the rumor over the weekend and found nothing.
Boyd's mother told that the family was considering legal action against the rumor's originator.

---South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier confirmed that backup Dylan Thompson will replaced injured Connor Shaw as the starting quarterback for Saturday's Southeastern Conference game against Missouri.
But Spurrier did not rule Shaw out of the game, saying it is possible Shaw could still serve as the backup.
Thompson, a redshirt junior, will make his third career start when the fifth-ranked Tigers (7-0) come to Columbia, S.C. He is no stranger to big games, having led the Gamecocks to a win over Clemson in the final game of the 2012 regular season and throwing the winning touchdown pass against Michigan in the Outback Bowl.
Shaw sprained a knee late in South Carolina's SEC loss to Tennessee last Saturday and is limited in practice this week.

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