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Grambling getting ready for some football

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GRAMBLING, La. (KNOE 8news) - The official start of football is months away but Grambling State Universityhas unofficially kicked off its season. For the first time, the university heldthe Big G Weekend, with several events focused the university's athletics.

Last fall, there was a lotof controversy surrounding the athletics department, but now, there is a newcoach and a new outlook on campus.

On Saturday, GSU broughtout the World Famous Tiger Marching Band, its cheerleading squad, held a paradeand organized alumni events.

Frank Warren drove in fromBirmingham, Ala., just to play a game of flag football against other tigeralumni.

"I'm excited to seehow Coach Fobbs and his new staff does and some of the new players that arecoming in," Warren said.

Warren admits GSU had atough year, with an alumni group calling for President Pogue's resignation overissues with the athletic department, the football team boycotting a gameagainst Jackson State and the G-men closing out the 2013 season with only onewin.

Cliff Exama flew in from Miamito play some flag football and believes GSU has turned it around.

"It was just a hump.Every road ain't smooth that you go through in life. If it's smooth then it'snot a journey. So when you go over a bump, you just got to keep on going,"Exama said.

With the new coach,President Frank Pogue said there is renewed energy on the campus and a morepositive outlook.

"The new spirit I seeamong the football players is going to help us a great deal to restore thepride, honor that has always been there for football," Pogue said.

The events will close outwith a good old fashion I-20 rivalry when the lady tigers take on the ladybulldogs Sunday.

But Warren said the Big GWeekend is about so much more than sports, he said it's a family reunion.

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