Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Grambling students soak up Bayou Classic experience

NEW ORLEANS -- Grambling State University students Robert Bailey Jr., Shelby Prout and Que Robinson weren’t on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome football field for a single play Saturday, but each had an impact on the Bayou Classic matchup between Grambling State University and Southern University.

Grambling State clawed its way to a 52-30 victory, winning the Southwestern Athletic Conference West championship with an undefeated regular season conference record and guaranteeing a trip to Houston to play Alcorn State University at NRG Stadium for the SWAC championship on Dec. 3. The win broke a Bayou Classic tie, putting GSU up over SU 22-21in the series.

It was a great GSU and Bayou Classic day, including an attendance of 67,845.

Bailey, a graduate student and football tight ends coach, captured a lot of campus and alumni attention with his “I’m So GramFam” branding, and much of the GSU student section to the left of the Tigers bench wore red 'I’m So GramFam' T-shirts created by Bailey. Other fans waved red Grambling placards with the iconic Grambling G, supporting a “Red Out” Bayou Classic.

Bailey was busy with game prep and business prep going into the Bayou Classic, supporting head football coach Broderick Fobbs’ game plan for the team and providing shirts as he also studied for his sports administration graduate degree.


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