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Old 10-19-2013   #1
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Grambling State on Friday canceled its football game against Jackson State after Grambling's disgruntled players refused to travel to Jackson for the game Saturday.

The players -- upset with travel policies, poor facility conditions and a tumultuous coaching situation -- made a decision not to play at a team meeting Friday afternoon, a player told ESPN's Brett McMurphy.

"We aren't playing," the player said.

Jackson State spokesman Wesley Peterson told The Associated Press on Friday that Grambling officials contacted JSU at about 6 p.m. ET and informed the school of the decision.
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This is crazy. I've never heard of a program that was so far down in the dumps.

UPDATE: Read the story, get the details. This isn't some petty little temper tantrum, people.

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Old 10-19-2013   #2
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Haven't they been refusing to play all year?
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Seems like they need to find out who wants to keep their scholarships and who doesn't. Time to start a new program with guys who want to be at Grambling. These young men need to find out the consequences of their actions. Tomorrow isn't soon enough. IMHO
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Seems like they need to find out who wants to keep their scholarships and who doesn't. Time to start a new program with guys who want to be at Grambling. These young men need to find out the consequences of their actions. Tomorrow isn't soon enough. IMHO
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If grambling can't afford to have a football team they need to disband it and let these young men play somewhere else.
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Man...I have a former student that is a freshman on gramblings team. He always said he didn't care about football and just wanted the free education. He might get his wish.
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Mold/mildew on shoulder pads

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Grambling State football players complained of mold and mildew on equipment and in facilities, having to pay for Gatorade out of their own pockets and even said which assistants they thought would make a good interim coach after the firing of Doug Williams in a letter to the administration obtained by ESPN's Pedro Gomez.

On Friday, Grambling State canceled its football game against Jackson State after Grambling's disgruntled players refused to travel to Jackson, Miss., for the game Saturday.

The letter says "there are certain factors that are hindering us from reaching our goals" and then elaborates on many of them.

The athletic complex "is in horrible condition, and has many hazards that may contribute to our overall health," the letter says. "First, the complex is filled with mildew and mold. Mildew and mold can be seen on the ceiling, walls and floor, and are contributing to water leaks because of faltering walls and ceilings."
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"The uniforms are poorly cleaned and contribute to the multiple cases (of) staph infection," the letter reads. "Several players have been infected with staph multiple times."
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As has also been reported, players took exception to the fact that they had to travel by bus to Kansas City and Indianapolis.

"One trip was 14 hours while the other was 17," the letter says. "Players were drained and exhausted after those long rides."

The players were bothered, according to the letter, that "the president and athletic director traveled by plane."
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Gained some respect for those young men. Many wouldn't have the nerve to even take this step. From what I hear about the conditions their team has to deal with it is beyond ridiculous and I can see the reason behind their stance. Nice to see them taking a stance here.
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