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Grambling fires Doug Williams as head coach


Published:   |   Updated: September 11, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback and executive Doug Williams was fired as head coach at Grambling State University after an 0-2 start.

Williams, 58, was hired for a second stint as the Tigers’ head coach in 2011, going 5-19.

The university announced Wednesday it had bought out the remainder of Williams’ contract and that running backs coach George Ragsdale would take over in the interim. Ragsdale was a running back with the expansion Bucs from 1977 to 1979.

Williams told The News-Star of Monroe, La., he was called into the office of Grambling president Frank Pogue on Wednesday morning.

“There wasn’t a lot of conversation. I told him, ‘OK,’ and I was gone,” Williams told the newspaper.

With Williams’ son, Tampa Catholic graduate D.J. Williams, at quarterback, the Tigers opened the season with a pair of lopsided defeats. It was a disappointing start after GSU went 1-10 in 2012, including 0-9 in the Southwest Athletic Conference, and 4-7 in 2011, including 2-7 in the conference.

In 2010, Williams accepted the job of general manager with the United Football League’s Virginia Destroyers, but decided instead to return to Grambling, where he starred as a player and won a pair of SWAC championships as head coach in 2000 and 2001 after succeeding legend Eddie Robinson in 1998.

Williams left Grambling for Tampa Bay, joining the Bucs as a personnel assistant in 2004 before stepping down as director of pro personnel in May 2010.

Williams was selected by the Bucs in the first round of the 1978 draft and led the team to three playoff appearances, including an NFC championship game loss to the Los Angeles Rams in 1979-80.

After leaving the Bucs in 1982 to play in the United States Football League, he led the Washington Redskins to the 1987-88 NFL title, becoming the first black starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl.

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