It appears the Grambling football program has emerged from the forfeiture saga that engulfed the university a month ago.
The Tigers have played their best football since winning six straight to close the 2011 season under new interim head coach Dennis Winston. Following the forfeit of the Oct. 19 game at Jackson State, Grambling played Texas Southern to overtime on Oct. 26, earned its first win of the season over Mississippi Valley State on Nov. 2 and played Arkansas-Pine Bluff to a 45-42 final score on Saturday.
Now, the SWAC has handed down its sanctions on the Grambling program for skipping that date at Jackson State. After announcing its intention to sue and stating its losses totaled “in the millions”, Grambling will pay an undisclosed fund to Jackson State, though the AP quotes Grambling spokesman Will Sutton as saying the fine will be $20,000. Grambling will also forward a portion of its distribution payments from the SWAC to Jackson State.
“As far as the fine for Grambling State and subsequent payment to Jackson State, we believe that it is the right thing to do from a conference standpoint,” SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp told the Clarion-Ledger.
Finally, Grambling will make the trip to Jackson, Miss., in each of the next three seasons.
It won’t be pretty, but the Tigers’ next head coach now has a better idea of the situation he inherits.