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Hue Jackson's decision to hire Art Briles as Grambling's offensive coordinator hasn't exactly engendered good will toward the program.

Jackson and his move both have been criticized heavily considering Briles, former head coach at Baylor, was deemed by the NCAA to have ignored reports of players committing sexual assault from 2011 through his firing in May 2016.

Now, one of Grambling's most notable alumni and supporters has blasted the move as well.

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Doug Williams, a four-year starter and former head coach at Grambling State, said he can no longer support the program as long as Briles is associated with it.

"I’m very, very disappointed in Grambling, I really am," Williams told The Washington Post after Briles' hiring. "I talked to (athletic director Trayveon Scott) a couple times. They knew where I stood, but they did it and if that’s what they want to do, that’s fine. I’m out.

"Oh, no. I can’t (support) that," Williams said. "If I support them, I condone it.”

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Williams' condemnation of Briles' hiring is a significant blow to Jackson and the program. Williams, who played under Hall of Fame coach Eddie Robinson from 1974 to 1977, led the Tigers to a 36–7 record and three SWAC championships while twice earning Black College Player of the Year honors and finishing fourth in the 1977 Heisman Trophy voting. He is a 2001 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Williams, the No. 17 overall pick in the 1978 NFL Draft, later went on to become the first Black quarterback to start and win the Super Bowl, a feat he achieved during Washington's 42-10 win over the Broncos in Super Bowl 22. He later succeeded Robinson as Grambling's coach, a position he took in 1998.

Williams led the program from 1998 to 2003 and again from 2011 to 2013. He led the Tigers to a 65-39 record and four SWAC championships and the 2001 Black college championship as a coach.

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Scott, confirming the hire to ESPN in a Thursday interview, said he supported Jackson's decision to hire Briles after a 10-day investigation into Briles' past.

"I'm rooted in fact," Scott told ESPN's Pete Thamel. "I know a lot of things are said and done. We felt it (was appropriate) to give him a chance to really redeem himself after understanding where the facts lie.

"I think the guy just wants to coach and lead men," Scott said. "We're not talking about a perfect situation or devaluing things done in the past and how it has affected people. He's sympathetic and empathetic about what went on."

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