2013 Grambling State Tigers football team

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2013 Grambling State Tigers football
Grambling State Tigers logo.svg
ConferenceSouthwestern Athletic Conference
DivisionWest Division
2013 record1–11 (1–8 SWAC)
Head coachDoug Williams (first 2 games, 3rd, 9th overall)
George Ragsdale (games 3–7)
Dennis Winston (games 8–12) (Interim HC 1st season)
Offensive coordinatorVyron Brown
Defensive coordinatorCliff Yoshida
Home stadiumEddie Robinson Stadium
(Capacity: 23,200)
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2013 SWAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Jackson State xy   8 1         8 4  
Alcorn State   7 2         9 3  
Alabama State*   7 2         8 4  
Alabama A&M   4 5         4 8  
Mississippi Valley State*   2 7         2 9  
Southern xy$   7 2         9 4  
Prairie View A&M   5 4         6 6  
Arkansas–Pine Bluff   2 7         2 9  
Texas Southern*   2 7         2 9  
Grambling State   1 8         1 11  
Championship: Southern 34, Jackson State 27 2OT
December 7, 2013
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • Texas Southern was ineligible for the SWAC Championship due to failing to fulfill NCAA graduation rate requirement (2012), repeated infractions, and lying to NCAA about self-imposed restrictions (2013 & 2014)
    • Alabama State and Mississippi Valley State were ineligible for the SWAC Championship due to Academic Progress Rate sanctions, pending appeal
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll

The 2013 Grambling State Tigers football team represented Grambling State University in the 2013 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Tigers were led by head coach Doug Williams in the third season of his second tenure as head coach and ninth overall after coaching the Tigers from 1998 to 2003. They competed as a member of the West Division of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and played their home games at Eddie Robinson Stadium in Grambling, Louisiana. The Tigers finished the season with a 1–11 record.

Head coach Doug Williams' contract was bought out after the first two games of the season.[1] He was replaced by interim head coach George Ragsdale, the team's running backs coach.[1] Ragsdale was subsequently fired on October 17 after losing five games in a row and replaced with Dennis Winston as interim head coach.[2] In response to a number of players being dissatisfied with the conditions of the facility and practices of the athletic department, Grambling State refused to play the October 19 game against Jackson State University.[3][4] As such, their game against the Tigers was forfeited.[3][4] On October 22, the players officially ended their boycott, and the team returned to the field for their next game against Texas Southern University.[5]

On December 4, 2013, Broderick Fobbs was introduced as Winston's replacement as full-time head coach of the Tigers.[6]


Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 6:00 PM Alabama A&M Eddie Robinson StadiumGrambling, LA PSB Live L 9–23   7,648
September 7 6:00 PM at Louisiana–Monroe* Malone StadiumMonroe, LA ESPN3 L 10–48   23,600
September 14 4:00 PM vs. Lincoln (MO)* Arrowhead StadiumKansas City, MO L 34–47   20,176
September 21 5:00 PM at Alabama State The New ASU StadiumMontgomery, AL L 21–52   11,751
September 28 6:00 PM Lamar* Eddie Robinson Stadium • Grambling, LA PSB Live L 16–27   6,497
October 5 6:00 PM vs. Prairie View A&M Cotton BowlDallas, TX (State Fair Classic) L 3–31   27,745
October 12 4:00 PM vs. Alcorn State Lucas Oil StadiumIndianapolis, IN (Circle City Classic) L 0–48   22,357
October 19 2:00 PM at Jackson State Mississippi Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS L Forfeit A    
October 26 2:00 PM Texas Southern Eddie Robinson Stadium • Grambling, LA PSB Live L 17–23 OT  7,670
November 2 2:00 PM Mississippi Valley Statedagger Eddie Robinson Stadium • Grambling, LA PSB Live W 47–40   10,155
November 9 2:30 PM at Arkansas–Pine Bluff Golden Lion StadiumPine Bluff, AR L 42–45   5,787
November 30 1:30 PM vs. Southern Mercedes-Benz SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (XL State Farm Bayou Classic) NBC L 17–40   47,385
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time. All dates, times and TV are tentative and subject to change.
Schedule Source:[7]
  • ^A October 19's game against Jackson State was forfeited due to Grambling State players refusing to travel to Jackson State.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b "Doug Williams Says He's Been Fired by Grambling". USA Today. September 11, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  2. ^ "Dennis Winston Named Interim Coach". ESPN. ESPN.com news services. October 17, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Bromberg, Nick (October 18, 2013). "Grambling State Players Don't Board Buses to Travel to Jackson State, Game is Forfeited". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Iles, Trey (October 18, 2013). "Grambling State University Football Forced to Forfeit Game vs. Jackson State". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  5. ^ "Grambling players end boycott". ESPN. ESPN.com news services. October 22, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  6. ^ "Broderick Fobbs to coach Grambling". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 4, 2013. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  7. ^ "2013 Grambling State Tigers Football Schedule". Grambling Athletics. Retrieved July 2, 2013.