Grambling, LA, United States (4E Sports) – Grambling football coach Doug Williams was fired Wednesday morning as he was not part of the school’s plans while it seeks another direction.
Williams, 58, was informed of the development at the office of school President Frank Pogue.
“There wasn’t a lot of conversation. I told him ‘OK’ and I was gone,” Williams said.
The remainder of Williams’ contract was bought out. He had agreed to a new three-year contract in June 2012 that paid him $250,000 a year.
Running backs coach George Ragsdale will become interim head coach.
This was the second stint as head coach of his alma mater for Williams.
He succeeded Robinson upon his retirement from coaching in 1997 and was 53-17 with three Southwestern Athletic Conference titles until leaving to take a job as a personnel executive with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2003 season.
He returned to Grambling in 2011 and promptly won another SWAC title. But last year the Tigers slumped to 1-10, and they had started this season 0-2. His overall record at the school was 62-33.
Junior D.J. Williams, Doug’s son, has started both games this season at quarterback for Grambling. D.J. Williams also appeared in eight games last season.
“I’m just going to pretty much handle what has to be handled, and the good part about it is, maybe I get a chance to see D.J. in a different way, as a dad watching his son play. He might be a better player without me being in that position,” said Williams.