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Williams named head coach at Grambling again

Grambling, LA (Sports Network) - Former Grambling State quarterback and head coach Doug Williams is returning to the university for his second stint guiding the Tigers' storied football program.

Williams signed a four-year contract that begins March 1 and will be introduced as Grambling State's new head coach on Wednesday, the school said.

He resigned his position as general manager of the Virginia Destroyers, an expansion team in the United Football League, to return to the Tigers.

Williams will have a chance to coach his son, D.J., a quarterback out of Tampa, Florida, who is part of Grambling State's 2011 recruiting class.

He replaces Rod Broadway, who resigned as head coach earlier this month after four seasons to become head coach at North Carolina A&T.

"I think it is truly an honor to be able to go back to Grambling State University for a third time and to be the second coach to coach his son," Williams said in a release issued by the school. "The only other guy to do this was coach Eddie Robinson."

As a quarterback at Grambling State from 1973-77, Williams played for the coaching legend Robinson and led the team to a 36-7 record and three Southwestern Athletic Conference championships. He was fourth in the voting for the 1977 Heisman Trophy.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted Williams in the first round of the 1978 NFL Draft. He played in the NFL and USFL for 11 seasons and became the first African-American quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl, guiding the Washington Redskins to a 42-10 victory over the Denver Broncos as the MVP of Super Bowl XXII.

When Robinson retired in 1997 after 56 years at Grambling State, Williams succeeded him as head coach for six seasons from 1998-2003. He compiled a 52-18 record and won three SWAC championships before he left the program to join the Buccaneers' front office.

"We are absolutely delighted that he agreed to come back home," Grambling State president Frank G. Pogue said.

On Saturday, Williams was inducted into the Black College Football Hall of Fame.

Broadway was 35-12 at Grambling State, winning the 2008 SWAC championship. The Tigers finished 9-2 and with the No. 23 ranking in The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top 25 last season.

02/22 01:59:42 ET



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