Fobbs reaches contract extension agreement with Grambling
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.”