Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Grambling Fires Former Super Bowl MVP Two Games in to the Season

The life of a college football coach appears to be a real sink or swim kind of thing. Win and everyone loves you. Lose and they can't wait to get rid of you. If he didn't know that before, former Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams understands that all too well now.

Williams was let go by the university two games into the 2013 season. From the way he describes the actual firing, it sounds like it was the easiest dismissal ever:

"There wasn't a lot of conversation. I told him 'OK' and I was gone," Williams said.

So ends his second tenure with his alma mater. Williams had the distinction of taking over for a legend, longtime head coach Eddie Robinson, his first time with the team back in 1997. Williams had played for Robinson before becoming a first round draft pick and eventually a Super Bowl champion and MVP.

He didn't do half bad as a coach going 53-17 and winning three consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference titles from 2000-02 before taking a job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003.Williams came back to the school in 2011 and promptly won another conference title, but than flopped in '12 going 1-10. 

Apparently after starting 0-2 this season the school decided it was better to make a change now rather than give a proven coach a chance to turn it around. The only good thing I can see about firing him now is that the expectations for the team are going to plummet making any success something worth celebrating.

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