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NOLA Life Stories
8:44 am
Tue December 30, 2014

NOLA Life Stories: How Bobby Grier Broke The Color Barrier At The Sugar Bowl

Bobby Grier was the leading rusher at the 1956 Sugar Bowl with nearly 100 yards.
The Owl at the University of Pittsburgh

Bobby Grier was the first African-American to play in the Sugar Bowl. As a member of the Pittsburgh Panthers, Grier played against Georgia Tech on January 2, 1956 — only months after Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi and weeks after Rosa Parks was arrested in Alabama.

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Sports
10:49 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Turnovers Help Louisiana Tech Take Bowl Win In Dallas

The historic Cotton Bowl Stadium, where the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs beat the Illinois Fighting Illini last Friday in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
Credit Stefan Ogrisek / Flickr

Call it a bad game and great victory for Louisiana Tech.

The Bulldogs used big plays to make up for an uneven overall effort to take a 35-18 victory over Illinois at the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Dec. 26. Louisiana Tech finished the season 9-5 overall, while the Fighting Illini dropped to 6-7.

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College Football
5:37 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Louisiana Tech Will Face The Fighting Illini In The Heart Of Dallas Bowl

The historic Cotton Bowl Stadium, where the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will face off against the Illinois Fighting Illini this Friday in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
Credit Stefan Ogrisek / Flickr

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and the Illinois Illini will close out the 2014 season in style at the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Kick off is this Friday at noon on ESPN.

Mark Haslett, of NPR member station KETR in Dallas, says the Bulldogs are six-point favorites over Illinois.

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Sports
5:51 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Forbes: LSU Is The Fifth-Most Valuable College Football Team In The U.S.

Forbes magazine says the LSU Tigers are the 5th most valuable team in college football.
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LSU football is worth $103 million, according to a new valuation in Forbes magazine, NOLA.com reports.

That makes the Tigers the 5th-most valuable team in college football.

Texas led the way with a team worth $131 million, followed by Notre Dame, Michigan and Alabama.

Forbes said the team has revenue of $88 million and a profit of $50 million. The magazine gave LSU high marks for its contract, which sends $7.2 million back to the school each year.

Sports
2:59 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

UL-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns Win Fourth Straight New Orleans Bowl

Lafayette Head Coach Mark Hudspeth accepted his fourth straight New Orleans Bowl trophy with a salute to the tens of thousands of Cajuns fans in the Superdome on Saturday.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns won their fourth straight R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Saturday, beating the Nevada Wolf Pack 16-3.

Winning in the New Orleans Bowl has become an annual tradition for the Cajuns, who inspire tens of thousands of their fans to come along, making it essentially a home game for UL.

Lafayette is now the first team ever to win the same bowl game in four straight seasons. Eight other teams have three consecutive wins in the same bowl.

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College Football
9:04 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Tulane Set To Host First Football Game On Campus In Nearly 40 Years

Yulman Stadium is a brand-new 30,000-seat arena on Tulane University's Uptown campus.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

For the first time in nearly 40 years, Tulane University is preparing to host a football game on its Uptown campus.

In a media walkthrough on Thursday Tulane representatives showed off the nearly-complete Yulman Stadium. It's a $73 million, 30,000-seat open-air arena that is already sold out for the first game this Saturday against Georgia Tech.

Richard Yulman, Tulane board member and major donor, welcomed the media and public to his namesake stadium.

“It’s been a long journey, but it’s now official: the boys are back Uptown," Yulman said. "Roll Wave.”

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New Orleans Bowl
8:29 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

New Orleans Bowl Appearance Just The Latest Success For Resurgent Tulane Football Program

The Tulane University football program has undergone a dramatic resurgence in the past two years, spurred by the hiring of former Saints receivers coach Curtis Johnson, the rapid construction of a new on-campus football stadium, and a commitment from a university administration involved in the intricacies of college football management on a national level.

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Sports
1:41 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Will More College Football Teams Rebel?

Grambling running back Jestin Kelly (28) searches for running room against Texas Southern in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Grambling, La., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (Kita Wright/AP)

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 3:27 pm

The football players at Grambling State staged a boycott last month that forced the school to forfeit one of its games.

Among the issues the players complained about were poor facilities and long bus trips to games. The school pledged to work on those issues.

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Code Switch
9:02 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Football Player Boycott At Grambling Highlights Budget Woes

A sparse but enthusiastic crowd watches Jackson State during a scrimmage at homecoming. Jackson State filed suit against Grambling State for lost revenue after a boycott by Grambling players prompted Jackson State's homecoming game to be canceled.
Charles Smith AP

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 4:57 pm

If you're not a big college football fan, you may have missed the story of an unprecedented player revolt.

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Sports
10:49 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Grambling Football Strike: Do College Athletes Have Rights?

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