GRAMBLING, La. (AP) — Grambling State has named current McNeese State tight ends coach Broderick Fobbs as the Tigers' next head coach, hoping he can not only win but also heal a strained relationship between players and the administration.
Fobbs, whose hiring was announced Wednesday, will remain with McNeese through the Cowboys' second-round FCS playoff game Saturday. He'll then take over for Dennis "Dirt" Winston, who was Grambling's second interim coach of 2013, a season defined by a midseason player walkout that forced the cancellation of Jackson State's homecoming game in October.
Fobbs has a Grambling background. The son of Grambling graduates, he played running back for the Tigers in the mid-1990s for former Hall of Fame coach Eddie Robison.
"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. They instilled in me the importance of GSU's expectations, history and legacy and we're going to do just what they expect and deserve."
Fobbs, 39, also has been an assistant coach at Northwestern State.
Grambling wrapped up a school-worst 1-11 season with a 40-17 loss to Southern in the Bayou Classic last Saturday. In 2012, the Tigers were 1-10.
"I couldn't be happier that Broderick has agreed to return home and lead our football program back to greatness," 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."
Players walked out in protest of decrepit training conditions, long bus rides to Kansas City and Indianapolis, and the administration's general handling of the once-proud program.