GRAMBLING — Doug Williams has a new three-year contract at Grambling.
Williams, the former NFL quarterback and Super Bowl MVP with the Washington Redskins, is slated to earn $250,000 annually, with the opportunity to earn bonuses totaling nearly $100,000.
The deal is considerably more lucrative than that of other Southwestern Athletic Conference coaches. Southern’s Stump Mitchell, for example, enters the final guaranteed year of a three-year contract that pays him $200,000 annually.
Jay Hopson, hired last month to coach at Alcorn State, said his contract will pay him $150,000 per year over the next three year.
Williams, whose new deal was approved on Monday by the University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors, was suing Grambling over a contract dispute. But the Zachary native, who turns 57 in August, now says he’s pleased that he and university officials “were able to come together on common ground.”
Williams has completed the first year of his second stint as the Tigers’ coach. In between, he served as an executive with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for whom he played after starring at Grambling.
Last season, Williams guided the Tigers to a 36-12 blowout of Southern on Nov. 26 in the Bayou Classic — Grambling’s fourth consecutive victory over its archrival in the series.
Two weeks later, in Birmingham, Ala., Grambling rallied in the second half to defeat Alabama A&M 16-15 for the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship.
Northwestern State baseball coach Lane Burroughs was known for his dry sense of humor when he was a Demon assistant coach in 1997-98, but there was nothing subtle in the message he delivered Monday afternoon, five days after he accepted the top job.
“I had a great job,” said Burroughs, fresh off a four-year stint as an assistant at Mississippi State. “We live 90 minutes from where we grew up (in Meridian, Miss.), but Northwestern State has always been on the back of my mind. I wanted this job, and I wanted it bad, and I cannot wait to get going.”
Athletics director Greg Burke introduced Burroughs to a packed crowd in the Stroud Room of the NSU Athletic Field House on Monday.
Burroughs succeeds J.P. Davis, who resigned May 31.
Former Southeastern Louisiana pitcher Stefan Lopez has signed a contract with the New York Yankees and is expected to join the Yankees’ New York-Penn League team on Staten Island.
Lopez — a New Iberia native was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers’ Association’s Stopper of the Year — was selected in the 16th round of the Major League Baseball draft this month. In the 2012 season, he set the school and Southland Conference single-season record for saves (20).
Nicholls State’s Andrew Dolan has earned a spot on the 2012 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Placekicker Watch List, the organization announced Monday.
A native of Mobile, Ala., Dolan finished 2011 as the leading scorer for Nicholls, accounting for 42 points on 6-of-9 field goals and 24-of-25 extra points.
In two games, Dolan had multiple field goals, including a career-long 49 yarder against Lamar.
Dolan also handled kickoff duties for the Colonels, averaging 57.6 yards per kick with two touchbacks. He also had a pair of successful onside kicks.