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Terminated Grambling coach issues statement

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GRAMBLING, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Former Grambling State University Head Basketball Coach Joseph Price issued a statement in regard to his dismissal from the university on Wednesday morning.

From Joseph Price:

"I feel great about the progress we made with the program over the last two years. When I took the head coach position, Grambling was facing serious NCAA sanctions that required us to focus on the academic eligibility, retention and the team's graduation rate, which in summary is the Academic Progress Rate (APR).

Through strategic recruiting and monitoring the academic progress of our players, my staff and I were able to lead the program out of these sanctions and on a pathway to success in just two years. When you consider the fact that we were working in a limited resource environment, this was equivalent to working a miracle.

The program is now past most of the challenges and a foundation has been laid for a successful program. I believe that Grambling will have a winning season this year and I am grateful for the opportunity I was given to get the program on the right track.

Accomplishments:

My primary focus has always been to make sure the student is successful on and off the court.

Moved the school out of NCAA sanctions which included limited scholarships, limited practice time and recruitment stipulations.

With strategic scheduling through my two year tenure, we have signed game contracts that will bring over $1.8 million to the university by the end of this upcoming season.

My first recruiting class included the SWAC freshman of the year, Terry Rose.

This season, we had a SWAC first team all conference player, Antwan Scott.

For the 2014-15 season, we signed one of the best recruitment classes since the start of my tenure.

In my two year tenure, we have graduated six players. By the end of this upcoming season, we are on track to graduate three more players, bringing the total to 9 players in three years that will receive degrees.

Accountability procedures were put in place to avoid any additional NCAA penalties.

I would like to thank all my staff, players and parents for trusting in Grambling State University and my vision and mission for building a winning program. I would also like to thank the student body, faculty and Gramblinites across the country for their support."

 

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