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Grambling makes second coaching change this season

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October 17, 2013 08:34 PM EST | AP


GRAMBLING, La. — GRAMBLING, La. (AP) — Winless Grambling State changed football coaches for the second time this season.

Defensive assistant Dennis "Dirt" Winston, a former NFL linebacker with Pittsburgh and New Orleans, has been named the new interim coach for the Tigers (0-7). Winston replaces George Ragsdale, who was promoted from running backs coach in September when Doug Williams was fired. Ragsdale has been reassigned in the athletic department.

The move was aimed at reuniting players, who were angered by a meeting with administrators on Tuesday and boycotted Wednesday's practice.

During the 1990s, Winston served two stints at Grambling as an assistant to college Hall-of-Fame coach Eddie Robinson.

Athletic director Aaron James says Winston has the ability to "tone things down and get the program up and running smoothly."