Doug Williams
Doug Williams

It appears Doug Williams and Grambling State have placed their differences aside and reached a contract agreement although terms of the deal have not been disclosed, reports Thursday say.

Williams, who is entering his second season as Grambling’s head coach, sued his alma mater in April on the grounds the school had attempted to alter his contract without his approval.

In January, Williams received notification that he was an “at-will employee,” which was the first time he learned that Pogue had not been truthful about his contract.

It was also alleged that Grambling refused to pay Williams and his assistants performance bonuses they earned for a successful 2011 season, where the team won the SWAC championship after a 1-4 start.  It is estimated that Williams was owed more than $40,000 in bonuses.

The lengthy seven-page claim surmises that Grambling and the state “knowingly lured Williams, through false and fraudulent promises and misrepresentations, into executing a contract that had no intention of ever being approved,” all with the intention of later attempting what was called a “bait and switch” techniques to force a re-negotiation.

In the months to follow, Williams nor the university commented publicly on the lawsuit.

UL System President Randy Moffett said the university and the system had been negotiating in good faith with Williams for almost a year.

The new contract would still need approval by the Board of Supervisors.


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