SWAC’s decision to sanction Grambling State upheld


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Southwestern Athletic Conference will impose a $50,000 fine against Grambling State and require the university’s football team to play at Jackson State for the next three seasons as sanctions for Grambling’s forfeiture of the Oct. 19 game at Jackson, the conference announced Thursday.

The sanctions were specified as the SWAC’s Council of Presidents and Chancellors upheld the conference’s decision to sanction Grambling. The team forfeited what would have been Jackson State’s homecoming game in protest of athletic facility conditions and the firing of coach Doug Williams.

“The SWAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors reviewed Grambling State’s appeal thoroughly and a decision was rendered,” SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp said in a press release. “The league is now looking forward to moving on to ensure this situation does not happen again.”

— I.C. Murrell