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Jackson State: Grambling forfeit will be costly

3 years 1 month 1 week ago October 23, 2013 Oct 23, 2013 Wednesday, October 23 2013 October 23, 2013 6:44 AM in Sports
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - Jackson State says financial losses for the university and the city of Jackson, Miss., "could be in the millions" because of Grambling's decision to forfeit Saturday's football game after its players refused to play.

Grambling's players staged a boycott because they said they had many issues with university leaders, including the school's rundown facilities, long bus trips to road games and personnel decisions.

Eric Stringfellow, Jackson State's director of university communications, said in a Tuesday night message on the school's website that JSU "plans to pursue litigation against Grambling State and others."

The game was Jackson State's homecoming, which routinely draws at least 20,000 fans. The school is refunding money for thousands of tickets.

Jackson State also criticized the Southwestern Athletic Conference for a lack of communication during the process.

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