GRAMBLING – Grambling State and head football coach Broderick Fobbs have reached a contract extension agreement for a new four-year, $1.28 million deal.
His current contract running out at the end of the 2018 season, the four-year agreement keeps Fobbs the coach at his alma mater until Dec. 31, 2022 at an annual base salary rate of $198,000 and includes numerous annual auxiliary incentives that could accrue an extra $87,500.
Approval of the agreement is pending from the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors and will more than likely will be approved at their next meeting on Thursday, June 21.
Efforts to reach Fobbs for comment were not returned.
The new contract raises Fobbs’ annual salary a total of $124,000 from the two-year extension he signed back in October 2016. The $124,000 includes the Grambling State Foundation’s $121,000, the first time the Foundation has contributed to the salary package, as well as two percent raise that all GSU faculty received from the UL system.
“Clearly, he is a leader among leaders,” GSU President Rick Gallot told the News-Star Friday. “When you look at everything he has does on- and off-the-field, I think he’s the kind of coach we certainly believe is good for Grambling and for the football program. We’re very thankful the Foundation has been able to get involved and make the difference. That was not something he demanded, the Foundation stepped up and wanted to invest in the future of the program and the university. That’s what they wanted to do.”
Negotiations between Fobbs and the university really got its start after GSU fell short of back-to-back HBCU national championships, falling to North Carolina A&T, 21-14, Dec. 16. An agreement between the two parties was reached “several weeks ago,” according to Grambling Athletic Director Paul Bryant.
“With Broderick Fobbs, who can really argue with his success on- and off-the-field,” Bryant said. “He’s doing everything he’s supposed to do. We want to retain quality coaches and staff. By giving him an extension, we show we value what he does and is doing for our institution.
“I was very excited. It’s always good when he says, “I agree, I like it all.’ He signs it and then the handshake, that’s a great feeling. I know people want successful coaches and he was on the same line where people want to talk to him. I’m just glad he wants to continue his legacy here at Grambling State University, which is his alma mater.”
Fobbs is 39-11 since taking over the Tigers before the 2014 season. The former GSU running back has led the G-Men to three straight SWAC Championship Games, winning back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017 and won the HBCU National Championship in 2016, where Grambling defeated North Carolina Central, 10-9, in the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta.
The Tigers have won 25 straight regular season conference games and are 31-2 in league play since 2014, proving the necessity for the athletic department to reach an extension with Fobbs.
Recent success has led to more support from alumni and donors, Athletic Director Paul Bryant has told The News-Star recently, and it’s also paved the way for the athletic department to secure the funding for the new artificial turf field and video board at Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium.
“What was a blessing, our Foundation stepped up to the plate, they agreed to take on the bulk of this. They wanted to show their commitment to the institution and to Fobbs,” Bryant said. “This is a collective unit. We’re so thankful for David Aubrey and the Foundation for stepping up.”
Stability has been a main pillar since Gallot and his administration came in to Grambling in 2016, and with Fobbs approaching the end of his contract in 2018, Gallot said keeping the head coach on board was a main part in maintaining stabilty within the athletic department.
“It fits the strategy to have a coach with all he’s proven on- and off-the-field and has proven his worth. The fact that he’s been the Coach of the Year, won a national championship, been a runner-up to another national championship last year. All those things combined makes us appreciate all that he does. And we want to ensure he’s not only part of the present bu the future as well.”
After Grambling State beat rival Southern this past season to capture its third consecutive Bayou Classic title, Fobbs said there was a lot left to accomplish as the head coach of his alma mater.
“For me, it’s about being great all the time, and greatness means consistency. So, it’s about continuing the process and continuing to get better,” he said. “It’s not just about winning the conference, it’s not just about winning national championships which is great. We want to get to the point where we’re competing against the top echelon universities, the mid-major universities. We see ourselves as a mid-major type program. We want to continue to grow to the point where we’re playing against those mid-major programs and have a chance to win.”
NEW ORLEANS, LA – The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) a five-year $1.2 million Robert Noyce grant for a project to address the shortage of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers in high-need public schools.
SUNO will collaborate with John Ehret High School and Brookhaven National Lab to recruit, support and certify 22 STEM teachers. Recruitment activities will focus on the pool of qualified SUNO undergraduate STEM students enrolled in the Department of Natural Sciences.
Program activities will include:
1. Early exposure of prospective teachers to high-need schools
2. Seminar series on Characteristics of Highly Effective STEM Teachers
3. Science fair for high school students to attract students to STEM fields and their teachers to teacher certification programs
4. Praxis I & II preparation
5. Post-certification mentoring of new STEM teachers by content faculty mentors.
Project leadership consists of Principal Investigator Dr. Cynthia Singleton (Mathematics), and Co-PIs Dr. Joe Omojola (Mathematics and Physics), Dr. Murty Kambhampati (Biology) and Dr. Louise Kaltenbaugh (Education).
“These experienced faculty members have collaborated successfully on many projects at departmental, college and university levels, including grant writing, committee assignments, and curriculum developments,” said SUNO Chancellor Lisa Mims-Devezin. “They are very passionate about STEM education. I congratulate them for their hard work, commitment and dedication to developing future STEM teachers.”
The duration of the project is May 2018 through April 2023.
About Southern University at New Orleans
Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO), founded in 1956, is a four-year public institution categorized as an SREB Four-Year 5 institution, a Carnegie Master’s College and University I, and as a SACSCOC Level III institution. As an accredited liberal arts teaching institution and a member of the Southern University System, SUNO is known for its highly engaged faculty and personal academic support. The University offers a wide range of baccalaureate programs and is committed to graduate education through the master’s degree, offering graduate programs to meet regional and statewide needs. For information, please visit the University’s Web site at www.SUNO.edu.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, announced today that the National Science Foundation (NSF) is awarding a $2.2 million grant to Grambling State University aimed at producing more undergraduates pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The goal of the project is to implement a holistic approach to STEM education that will yield higher retention and graduation rates of STEM undergraduates, particularly in the fields of math, physics and data analytics.
“STEM jobs are in high demand, and we should be working with our higher education institutions to see that Louisiana students are the ones filling them. I appreciate the National Science Foundation for awarding this grant to Grambling, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact this funding will have on GSU’s students and our region,” said Dr. Abraham, a member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.
GSU President Rick Gallot added, “We appreciate the investment of these research dollars from the National Science Foundation that will have a direct impact on our ability to support education in the STEM fields. I certainly appreciate the hard work of Dr. Connie Walton and the team for pursuing this grant opportunity, and I look forward to seeing the great work that will flow from it. We certainly appreciate the support of our congressional delegation; without their support, none of this would be possible.”
The grant will support 45 students annually as researchers, peer tutors or academic coaches. The project objectives are to implement a big data training program to support data analytics education; restructure the math and physics curriculum; and enhance the soft skills of STEM students, such as resume writing and interview preparation.
“We are excited about this national science foundation award. This is the third cycle of funding that Grambling State University has received from this NSF program to enhance stem education,” said Dr. Connie Walton, principle investigator and Chemistry professor.
“This funding supports Grambling State University’s ability to continue to make an impact on the STEM workforce at the state and national levels by producing highly-prepared STEM graduates. This project will expand the training STEM graduates receive in Big Data Analysis. Big Data Science will be infused into the curriculum via research and new content in courses.
“Additionally, innovative strategies will be implemented to improve the retention and graduation of STEM students. Career Services will have a special role in this project related to enhancing the soft skills of STEM students.”
The grant is being awarded as part of the NSF’s program to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB)- When Elijah Preccieley speaks, he commands attention. He talks of scripture, of gratitude for his family, and of ambitious goals ahead. Next spring, he will attend Southern University Honors College to study physics and mechanical engineering on a full scholarship. He thanks God for the gifts that have allowed him to pursue his talents debt free. And he’s only 11-years-old.
A home-schooled student in Baton Rouge, Elijah began taking college level classes in biology, physics, and business through Southern at the age of 8-years-old. Because of those credits, he’ll start his college career as a sophomore.
“I knew at a certain point that I did not understand some of the vernacular that he was talking about,” explained his mother, Pamela Preccieley. “I said, ‘I got to get him some help.’ I knew Southern University had the resources.”
Since Southern announced Elijah would receive the prestigious J.S. Clark Presidential Scholar Award, words like “prodigy” and “whiz kid” have been thrown around to describe the 11-year-old. Elijah, however, prefers the word “blessed.”
“God has given me the ability to soar with excellence and to never forget where I come from,” said Elijah.
At a meeting of the Board of Supervisors on Friday, May 25, Elijah and his parents attended a special signing ceremony. President Ray L. Belton, along with other staff and board members, welcomed the newest Jaguar with a Southern University baseball cap, letterman jacket, and pin. Then, Elijah addressed the crowd with a speech, showing he possesses wisdom as well as book smarts.
“When I reflect upon this prestigious Joseph S. Clark Presidential Scholars Award, it means absolutely legacy,” said Elijah. “Southern University is our inheritance to sharpen and affirm our skills and carry out our initial standards to transform lives and be the best God has called us to be.”
Elijah has also published a book, applied for several patents, and hosts a weekly radio show.
GRAMBLING, LA — After closing out a history-making Coachella performance, artist Beyonce and her BEYGood initiative announced a partnership with Google to award another $100,000 to Historically Black Colleges and Universities that will include Grambling State University for the 2018-19 academic year.
“We’re so grateful to Beyoncé and the generous team at Google,” says Rick Gallot, President of Grambling State University. “They are both stellar examples of how individuals from all over can help support and empower the important work at HBCUs.”
The contribution to Grambling State will support the University’s continual leadership in STEM fields. The University is the #1 producer of African-American Computer Science graduates in the state.
“Google understands the vital role historically black colleges and universities play in delivering a high quality and culturally responsive education,” states Maab Ibrahim, a Google.org program manager. “In the last several years, Google has launched innovative programs to close the distance between Silicon Valley and HBCUs; we are proud to continue that commitment by matching Beyoncé’s generous donation.”
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NEW ORLEANS, LA – TODAY, Bayou Classic officials and universities announce the 45 th
annual Bayou Classic weekend in New Orleans, Louisiana. This announcement launches the
opening of tickets sales for the football game and Greek Show & Battle of the Bands. The 2018
Bayou Classic Game will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2018, in the Mercedes-Benz
Ranked as the #1 HBCU Classic in the nation, this annual event continues the legacy and
rivalry of Southern University and A&M College and Grambling State University.
Ticket prices for the 2018 Bayou Classic Football Game range from $16-50. Tickets are also
available for the Greek Show & Battle of the Bands, starting at $20 with options for VIP
experiences. To purchase tickets, visit the official Bayou Classic website
But the injury slowed him down only briefly as he returned to run 11 yards for the winning touchdown with 3:22 left to help Grambling beat Southern 30-21 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Tigers (10-1, 7-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference) claimed the SWAC West division title and advanced to the SWAC championship game. They also won their third straight division title and finished undefeated in SWAC play for the third consecutive season. Southern finished 7-4, 5-2.
Carter also caught a touchdown pass and finished with 92 yards rushing on 21 carries.
“When I went back into the huddle, I said, “OK, guys, I’m back,” Carter said. “My teammates said, ‘Are you sure?” I said, “I’m good. Let’s go.”
“Grambling put together a great drive,” Southern cornerback Danny Johnson said. “We played hard, they played hard. We just have to tip our hats to them.”
After Carter put Grambling up 27-21, Southern quarterback Austin Howard fumbled on the ensuing possession and Brandon Varner recovered the ball for Grambling at the Jaguars 16. That led to Marc Orozco’s third field goal, from 36 yards, with 1:39 left.
Howard completed 24 of 41 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns. His 8-yard touchdown pass to Dillon Beard gave Southern a 21-20 lead with 5:02 remaining.
The Tigers led 17-7 at halftime, but Howard threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Catalon to get the Jaguars within three after three quarters. Orozco’s 37-yard field goal gave Grambling a 20-14 lead with 13:57 left.
On the first play from scrimmage, Grambling’s Ja’Terious Pouncy intercepted Howard at the Southern 36. Seven plays later, Kincade ran nine yards for a touchdown. The Jaguars first scoring threat came up empty when Cesar Barajas was wide left on a 25-yard field-goal attempt early in the first quarter.
The Tigers increased the lead to 14-0 on the ensuing possession when Kincade threw his touchdown pass to Carter. Southern cut the lead in half when Devon Benn ran for a 1-yard touchdown with 3:40 left in the second quarter.
SPECIAL TEAMS EDGE
The Tigers made 3 of 4 field goals and the Jaguars missed both of their field-goal attempts. After Southern took its only lead of the game in the fourth quarter, Calief Samon had a 41-yard kickoff return to set up the winning touchdown drive from the Jaguars 40.
“Our dominance in the kicking game really decided this football game,” Fobbs said.
Grambling: The Tigers reinforced their standing as the pre-eminent program in the SWAC West. They have an opportunity to win their second consecutive SWAC title in the final SWAC championship game. Beginning next season, the title will go to the regular-season winner.
Southern: The Jaguars once again are bridesmaid to the Tigers, entering the Bayou Classic with a chance to win the West and leaving as the runner-up for the second consecutive season.
Grambling: The Tigers play East division champion Alcorn State in the SWAC championship game next Saturday in Houston.
GRAMBLING, La. (AP) Devante Kincade threw for three touchdowns and ran for another and Grambling remained undefeated in conference, beating winless Texas Southern 50-24 on Saturday afternoon.
Kincade threw for 347 yards for the Tigers (7-1, 5-0 SWAC) who have won seven-straight. Geremy Hickbottom ran for 52 yards and a score and Jordan Jones had 103 yards and a touchdown receiving. Grambling amassed 488 total yards and held Texas Southern (0-7, 0-4) to just 215 yards.
Kincade threw for two scores in the first half including a 47-yard strike to Jones that gave the Tigers a 20-3 lead with 14:48 left in the first half.
Devohn Lindsey caught a 19-yard score from Kincade late in the third and Hickbottom ran 49 yards for another touchdown late in the game to seal the win.
Grambling jumped to No. 13 in the latest FCS Coach’s Poll after its 41-14 victory over Alcorn State last weekend.
Elijah Odom threw for 119 yards and a score for Texas Southern.
Little Rock, Arkansas — Austin Howard threw for 245 yards and five touvhdowns, Southern University converted an interception into a score, and the Jaguars held off the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff 47-40 on Saturday.
Trailing 47-32, Brandon Duncan hit Jeremy Brown on a 10-yard TD pas with 13 seconds left to pull the Golden Lions to within 47-40 after the two-point conversion, but Southern recovered the onside kick and time expired.
Both teams scored on their first two possessions, and Howard’s 7-yard TD gave the Jaguars(5-3, 3-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference) a lead they wouldn’t relinquish..
UAPB (2-6, 1-3) rallied with 10 unanswered third-quarter points, but Howard hit Beard on a 7-yard TD pass and Devon Benn added a 46-yard scoring run for a 47-32 lead.
Kentavius Preston’s interception of Leearl Pattson’s pass led to Howard’s strike to Jamar Washington for Southern’s 34-14 halftime lead.