Doug Williams Head Coach Grambling State
February 5, 2012 by staff
Doug Williams Head Coach Grambling State, At first glance, Doug Williams’ return to Grambling State as head football coach seems like a great move for the longtime NFL quarterback and Super Bowl XXII Most Valuable Player.
It sounds like less than good news for the UFL, which Williams leaves after exactly eight months as the general manager of the Virginia Destroyers, the Norfolk-based team scheduled to begin play this fall.
The UFL announced Williams’ departure Monday morning in a press release, in which Williams was quoted: “I was looking forward to working with the Destroyers, but this is a great opportunity for me and it is very rare that a father gets to coach his son at the college football level … I went to school there, I coached there, and now I have a great opportunity to coach there again.”
Williams’ son, Doug III (known as D.J.), also a quarterback, committed to Grambling last month.
Grambling had been looking for a head coach since Rod Broadway left for North Carolina A&T earlier this month. Williams, who finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy race as a Grambling senior in 1977, replaced retiring Hall of Fame coach Eddie Robinson in 1998 and had a 52-18 record in six seasons. Grambling went 9-2 under Broadway last season.
Williams left the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ front office to become the UFL expansion team’s general manager last June 21. In September, after speaking at a charity golf event in Norfolk to promote the team, Williams told FanHouse that he saw the job as the next logical step in his football career, in which he aspired to be in charge of an entire organization.
“You know what? I’m happy for me, but the UFL is what gave me the opportunity,” he said then. “Thankful to the UFL and happy for me. I’m basically looking forward to the opportunity — it’s a challenge, and I’d have to say that most of the things I’ve done in my life have been a challenge. So I’m looking forward to another one.”
Grambling had made no announcement by late Monday afternoon, but the UFL statement said that he was to be introduced at the school on Wednesday. One initial sign that Williams’ alma mater needed immediate fixing: the school’s athletics website was down on Monday, with a notice that its domain name had expired the day before.
Williams follows Jay Gruden, the brother of former NFL head coach Jon and briefly Virginia’s head coach, out of the door. Gruden was hired as the Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive coordinator early this month. Gruden has been appointed head coach after the Florida franchise folded. Meanwhile, the franchise has also had three presidents, and is still searching for an owner after several early investors pulled out.
It left UFL commissioner Michael Huyghue, the former general manager of the NFL Jaguars, with a lot of explaining to do in his statement announcing Williams’ hiring at Grambling.
“There are top quality people interested in the vacant positions within our league,” Huyghue said, “and we have been talking to them. We wish Doug well and assure Destroyers fans that we will move forward in Virginia and will soon announce a new head coach and general manager to lead the team.
“The Destroyers have lost a head coach and a general manager in the space of three weeks, but at this time of year, these opportunities arise in the NFL and at the college level. We will continue to (hire) coaches and front office staff of the highest caliber, and it will remain the nature of our business that they may then receive offers to further their careers elsewhere.”
Actually, Gruden was the second coach the team had hired — Joe Moglia was switched to Omaha soon after Williams had selected him. Williams, in fact, had been the lone isle of stability in the franchise since his arrival. Nevertheless, John Castleberry, the team’s director of business operations, told the (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot Monday, “We are going to be here, and we are going to play.”
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