Jackson State’s athletic budget is about $6 million and the school relies heavily on football revenue.
Jackson State spokeswoman Jean Cook said the school would still have homecoming festivities, including the homecoming parade, a football scrimmage and extended band performance. The school said it’s working on a process to refund tickets.
“It’s not ideal,” Cook said. “But we’re trying to make the best of things.”
Louisiana State Sen. Rick Gallot, a Democrat from Ruston and a Grambling graduate, says he hopes a resolution can still be reached.
“I am still optimistic that not only will the situation with the scheduled game with Jackson State be resolved and the teams will play, but I am also optimistic that leadership issues and the concerns of the student-athletes will all be fleshed out and addressed and we’ll be able to return to a semblance of normalcy on campus,” Gallot said.
With the forfeit to Jackson State, Grambling has now lost 18 straight games against NCAA opponents.
The entire athletic program has struggled amid budget cuts and scholarship reductions. The men’s basketball team was 0-28 last season.
(AP Photo: Grambling State University football player Naquan Smith speaks at a “State of Emergency” gathering organized by student Kimberly Monroe in Grambling, La.)