Fobbs gone at GSU in surprise move

Broderick Fobbs, who grew up as a part of the Grambling State football program when his father Lee Fobbs was a graduate assistant coach there in the 1970s, was removed as head coach of the G-Men late Monday afternoon.

That announcement came via a press release from Grambling State University Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Trayvean Scott, who added that GSU Linebackers and Special Teams Coordinator Terrence Graves will serve as the Tigers’ interim head coach for the upcoming 48th annual Bayou Classic. 

“We appreciate his many years of service to our university and wish both him and his family nothing but the best,” said Scott in the press release. “Consistent with our values as an institution, he deserves the utmost respect from the Grambling State University Tiger family throughout this transition.” 

The release said a national search for a new head coach of the G-Men will begin immediately. 

Fobbs guided the Tigers to a 54-32 overall record over the past seven seasons, including two SWAC Championships (2016 and 2017), two Celebration Bowl appearances and a Black College Football National Championship in 2016. 

He was also a three-time SWAC Coach of the Year.  

As his father was before him, Fobbs was a Grambling running back under the legendary Eddie G. Robinson from 1992-96. Fobbs’ father also spent time as head coach at his prep alma mater — Carroll High School in Monroe, where the younger Fobbs spent his high school years and graduated from before moving on to play for the G-Men.  

After kicking off his coaching career on the high school level, Fobbs first worked as a college coach as a graduate assistant for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with then head coach Jerry Baldwin, current pastor of New Living Word Ministries in Ruston.

Fobbs coached at Northwestern State from 2002-07 and went to Lake Charles to coach at McNeese State University. He spent a season at Southern Mississippi as wide receivers coach before returning to McNeese to coach tight ends for the Cowboys.

The Tigers stand at 3-7 this season heading into the Bayou Classic on Nov. 27. Fobbs had lost three straight games to Southern in the Bayou Classic in recent years.


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