Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Are the Grambling Tigers back?

GRAMBLING, Louisiana — Broderick Fobbs knows enough about Grambling's football history to decipher the difference between the glory days and the present day.

And it's why he'll give a sarcastic and playful roll of the eyes when asked if the Tigers' football program, one that once ruled the college football universe, is back.

A few of Fobbs' players think that's the case following a 52-30 thumping over Southern in the Bayou Classic, but the third-year coach wants to pump the brakes a bit.

"I wouldn't say we're back. We're on the way to being back. It is a great performance, but you gotta understand what Grambling has been. Grambling has been a program that has gone all over the country," Fobbs said Monday. "We've gone to Japan. We've gone all over the place to play football games. There was a time when our players would go to the White House and visit the President. To say that we're back, we're not back yet, but we sure are showing signs of getting there."

Fobbs' logic is simple: Yes, Grambling has enjoyed success since he took over the program, but the Tigers still have yet to win a championship, something they can achieve this weekend against Alcorn State.

Running back Martez Carter opened the door for the conversation following Saturday's win in New Orleans. Carter was asked about the Tigers' confidence level, and the junior responded a comment about the history of the program.


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