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A&T coach Rod Broadway calls AD to nip Grambling rumors in the bud

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The phone rang in Earl Hilton’s office a little before 2 p.m.

The conversation was short, and one-sided.

“Hey, coach,” N.C. A&T’s athletics director answered. “OK. … OK. … Uh-huh. … OK, great. I’ll talk to you later.”

Hilton hung up the phone.

“That was coach (Rod) Broadway,” Hilton said. “I’m not exactly sure what that was about, but he said if I heard any rumors not to listen to them. He’s not going anywhere.”

The rumors are coming from Louisiana. Grambling fired football coach Doug Williams first thing Wednesday morning.

Late Wednesday afternoon, after A&T's daily football practice, Broadway said Grambling had called earlier in the day to gauge his interest in returning to the Tigers.

"I have no interest," Broadway said. "I love this place. I love my job. I love the administration and the direction we're trying to go. I have no interest in any other job."

Williams, a former Grambling star who went on to win a Super Bowl as quarterback of the Washington Redskins, was in his second stint as Grambling’s head coach.

Grambling won a SWAC title in 2011, Williams’ first season after replacing Broadway, who was hired by A&T on Feb. 3, 2011.

But the Tigers went 1-10 last season, and were 0-2 so far this year with Williams’ son D.J. at quarterback.

George Ragsdale, Grambling’s running backs coach, will serve as interim head coach the rest of the season. Ragsdale, a former A&T star and longtime Aggies assistant, served as A&T’s interim head coach twice, after the firings of Lee Fobbs in 2008 and Alonzo Lee in 2010.

Broadway, 58, coached Grambling from 2007-10, going 35-12 with a SWAC championship in his four seasons. An Oakboro native, he left the Tigers' established winning program for a chance to rebuild A&T and be closer to his family.

Grambling brought back Williams, who went 53-17 and won three SWAC titles in his first stint at Grambling after replacing legendary coach Eddie Robinson in 1997.

Williams, 58, got a new three-year contract in June 2012 that paid him $250,000 per year. A school news release said Grambling had bought out the remainder of that contract.

​Contact Jeff Mills at (336) 373-7024, and follow @JefeMills on Twitter.

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