Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Grambling hires an ex-back

GRAMBLING, La. — Grambling State named current McNeese State tight ends coach Broderick Fobbs as the Tigers' next head coach, hoping he can both win and heal a strained relationship between players and the administration.

Fobbs, whose hiring was announced Wednesday, will remain with McNeese through the Cowboys' Division I-AA second-round playoff game Saturday. He will then take over for Dennis Winston, who was Grambling's second interim coach of 2013, a 1-11 season defined by a midseason player walkout that forced the cancellation of Jackson State's homecoming game.

Fobbs, 39, is the son of Grambling graduates, and he played running back for the Tigers in the mid 1990s for former Hall of Fame coach Eddie Robinson.

"It's an opportunity I've always dreamed of at a place where I've always dreamed of being," Fobbs said. "I stand on the shoulders of a number of great men, and many of them coached and mentored me."

Grambling president Frank Pogue said, "It's obvious that we've had a couple of truly difficult seasons, and that's not something that Grambling State alums and supporters are used to — and we're about to change that with Fobbs."

Walter Camp award: FSU's Jameis Winston, Alabama's AJ McCarron and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel are among the five finalists for the Walter Camp player of the year award. Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch and Boston College running back Andre Williams are the other finalists. The winner will be announced Dec. 12.

LSU: Senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who injured his left knee against Arkansas, needs surgery and won't play in a bowl game, ending his playing career with the Tigers.

Miami (Ohio): Former Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin got a five-year contract to try to turn around a RedHawks program that went 0-12.

Volleyball: FSU (24-7) opens play in the NCAA tournament's first round at the Gainesville regional against Georgia Southern (28-5) at 5 p.m. today, followed by the Gators (27-3) against Jacksonville (30-3) at 7. The winners meet at 7 p.m. Friday.

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