May 14, 2012

GSU Receives NCAA Decisions Regarding Men’s Basketball Program

GRAMBLING, LA – On April 24th Grambling State University was granted a hearing by the NCAA Division I Committee on Academic Performance Program (APP) based on a waiver filed by the University. Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue received a letter of notification last Friday from Walter Harrison, Chair, NCAA Division I Committee on Academic Performance, stating the committee’s results of the hearing as well as the committee’s decision in the matter of Grambling State University men’s basketball team’s Missed Conditional Occasion-Three Historical Penalty and Level-Three APP Penalty. The following results of the hearing will be applicable in the 2012-2013 academic year:

  1. Loss of four hours and one day of countable athletically related activity each week during the 2012-2013 playing and practice season.
  2. Loss of four hours of countable athletically related activity each week outside of its 2012-2013 playing and practice season.
  3. Reduction of 10 percent in the length of the playing season during 2012-2013 academic year. The team may not commence on-court preseason basketball practice sessions until 5 p.m. Monday, October 22, 2012.
  4. Reduction of two contests during the 2012-2013 playing and practice season for a maximum of 27 contests. Any contests which are part of a qualifying regular season multiple-team event as defined by Bylaw must count as individual contest.
  5. Limited to awarding 10 scholarships during the 2012-2013 academic year.

This decision came after Grambling hired their new men’s basketball coach Joseph Price from Lamar University to ensure that the University follows all NCAA Division I rules and regulations, in particular, its academic policies.

“The university is committed to enhancing academic excellence and ensuring that all of our students, including athletes, are successful,” states Grambling president, Dr. Frank Pogue.  “The recent appointment of a new Athletic Director, Men’s Head Basketball Coach and a renewed commitment to academic performance is evidence that the APR problem in men’s basketball is temporary. These appointments add significant strength to our overall highly competent coaching and athletic staff, all of whom understand the importance of student success.”

“All factors considered, the decision rendered by the NCAA was better than expected. Although the Academic Enhancement team’s presentation was about as good as it could have been, we were still concerned until we received their decision. The NCAA is giving us an opportunity to improve our APR status. With the hiring of Coach Joseph Price, and the commitment of the Academic Enhancement team, we will achieve the goals set to bring our men’s basketball program back in line with APR expectation and build a solid, sustainable winning basketball program . What we have here is an excellent opportunity to improve our men’s basketball program.  We will succeed,” states athletic director Dr. Percy Caldwell.

NOTE: The central purpose of the NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program (APP) is to ensure that the Division I membership is dedicated to providing student-athletes with exemplary educational and intercollegiate-athletic experiences in an environment that recognizes and supports the primacy of the academic mission of its member institutions, while enhancing the ability of student-athletes to earn a degree.

The Division I membership is committed to providing higher education for a diverse body of student-athletes within the context of an institution’s academic and admissions standards for all students through a system that rewards those institutions and teams that demonstrate commitment toward academic progress, retention and graduation of student-athletes and penalizes those that do not. The NCAA Division I Committee on Academic Performance ("committee") is charged with overseeing the hearing process for academically underperforming teams.

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Debra Johnson


May 8, 2012

GSU Introduce New Head Men’s Basketball Coach Joseph Price


Grambling State University Introduce New
Head Men’s Basketball Coach Joseph Price


Date:            May 8, 2012

To:                Media Outlets

From:           Grambling State University Media Relations

Topic:           Introduction of the new Men’s Head Basketball Coach, Mr. Joseph Price. Assistant basketball coach for Lamar University accepted Grambling State University offer to become Grambling Tiger’s next head basketball coach. A former professional player, Price helped the Cardinals to a 23-12 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000. Price, who was named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2007 Men’s Silver Anniversary Team, played 115 games for the Irish to rank 16th all-time in school history in games played. Joseph Price was a seventh round draft pick of the Washington Bullets.

What:          Grambling State University President Dr. Frank Pogue will welcome Joseph Price as the new Men’s Head Basketball Coach

When/Where:   Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Fredrick Hobdy Assembly Center, Foyer
10:00 a.m.

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May 7, 2012

Political Strategist Donna Brazile to Speak at GSU 2012 Spring Commencement

GRAMBLING, LA – Veteran Democratic political strategist and New Orleans native Donna Brazile is scheduled to be the commencement speaker as well as recipient of the honorary doctorate degree, Doctor of Laws, from Grambling State University. The commencement ceremony is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.

“Ms. Brazile is an internationally known and successful media expert with a distinguished career in political journalism. She is the very best example of excellence, states Grambling State University President Dr. Frank G. Pogue.  Our graduating class and their families and our academic community will enjoy a challenging, life-long educational message.”

A New Orleans native, Ms. Brazile began her political career at the age of nine when she worked to elect a City Council candidate who had promised to build a playground in her neighborhood; the candidate won, the swing sets was installed, and a lifelong passion for political progress was ignited. Four decades and innumerable state and local campaigns later, Ms. Brazile has worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she served as campaign manager for former Vice President Al Gore, becoming the first African-American woman to manage a presidential campaign.

Author of the best-selling memoir Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics, Ms. Brazile is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, a syndicated newspaper columnist for United Media, a columnist for Ms. Magazine, and O, the Oprah Magazine, an on-air contributor to CNN,  and ABC, where she regularly appears on “This Week with Christiane Amanpour.”

Ms. Brazile is founder and managing director of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy, and training firm based in Washington, D.C.

NOTE: Photograph below.

Political Strategist Donna Brazile to Speak at GSU 2012 Spring Commencement.

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May 4, 2012

Grambling University to Hold Black and Gold Football Game on Saturday

GRAMBLING, LA – Well it’s that time of year again for colleges and university to prep their fans for the next season which by the way is right around the corner. Grambling State University is no different than the rest. This Saturday, May 5th at 6:00 p.m. Grambling State University football team will showcase their players and excite the fans with some team plays that will be implemented in the 2012 season.

Coach Doug Williams is back to show more of what the team is capable of doing in the season to come. The football program got off to a slow start last season but turned everything around by winning the Bayou Classic and ultimately the SWAC Championship.

“For the coaches the spring scrimmage is used strictly for evaluation of the players. It’s the only time to find out who we might be depending on next year and a chance for some of the younger players to mature,” says Grambling’s football coach Doug Williams.

At this year preseason scrimmage the athletic program will host several activities right before kick-off. Some of the activities to take place are: Season tickets will go on sale at 3:00 p.m. One new season ticket holder will have the opportunity to win Bayou Classic Tickets; starting at 4:00 p.m. Super One will host a tailgate party and True Care Dental is sponsoring “The Kids Zone.” Starting at 5:30 p.m. Little Caesars will be sponsoring a pizza eating contest. Free t-shirts will be given out to the first 150 people who go through the entrance gate and the first 500 fans will receive free ice cream sponsored by Blue Bell.

Athletic Director, Dr. Percy Caldwell states, “I am excited about attending my first GSU Black and Gold football game. I have observed several practices and the team looks very sharp even after the first five days. From a fan perspective, I will look to enjoy the excitement of the 2012 football season brewing like a fresh pot of coffee with the band, cheerleaders and students creating the spirit of football in the air. As an administrator I will be observing and evaluating what the fan based experience looks like with two questions in mind: a) What is good about fan experience? And b) what can we do to improve that experience to create great atmosphere for alumni, students, and friends of the university.

Most of all I will just get out and have fun meeting people and watching a good football team. So if you are in the area, come out and join us to a glimpse of the 2012 GSU Tiger football team.”

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May 2, 2012

GSU Dedication and Naming of the Betty E. Smith Nursing School


GSU Dedication and Naming of the
Betty E. Smith Nursing School


Date:       May 2, 2012

To:           Media Outlets

From:      Grambling State University Media Relations

Topic:       Dedication and Naming of the Betty E. Smith Nursing Building

What:       Grambling State University President Dr. Frank Pogue will dedicate the School of Nursing in the name of Betty E. Smith.

When/Where: Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Front of Nursing Building
Cole Street, Grambling, La (Street will be closed for ceremony.)
11:00 a.m.

(This dedication will take place following the athletic press conference introducing the new Women’s Head Basketball Coach Pat Bibbs.)

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