Grambling State has fired legendary Tiger quarterback Doug Williams from its head coaching position after an 0-2 start to the season.
Williams guided Grambling to the SWAC title in 2011, the first season of his second head coaching tenure at the Louisiana school. But the Tigers went an ugly 1-10 in 2012, including an 0-9 SWAC mark, and started 2013 by losing to SWAC rival Alabama A&M 23-9 and FBS opponent ULM 48-10. Williams was also involved in a contract dispute during his second stint, naming Grambling, university president Frank Pogue and the University of Louisiana System in a lawsuit that was settled when Williams was awarded a three-year contract before the 2012 season.
Pogue announced Wednesday that the school has bought out the remainder of Williams' contract, which ran through the end of the 2014 season.
"We recognize Doug Williams' many contributions to our football legacy, and we express our deep appreciation for his service to Grambling State University and we wish him well in the future," Pogue said in a statement, per the Associated Press.
Running backs coach George Ragsdale was named interim coach.
“A decision has been made and it is what it is," Williams told the Monroe News-Star, adding that there wasn't "a lot of conversation" between himself and Pogue in the Wednesday meeting where he was dismissed. "Leash or no leash, we all gotta deal with what happened.”
Williams's son D.J. Williams is a quarterback for the Tigers.
"I know D.J. is emotional, but I told him he has to be strong, and he told me he will,” Doug Williams said. “That's all I need for him to be strong. If he's strong, his daddy is going to be all right.”
A 1978 graduate of Grambling and first-round draft choice of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Williams is of course best known as the MVP of Super Bowl XXII and the first African-American quarterback to play in the Super Bowl.