Grambling State University has reassigned both men’s basketball coach Bobby Washington and women’s coach Donnita Rogers to positions within the department.

In three years as head coach — one with the interim tag — Washington led the Tigers to a first-round SWAC tournament upset of Jackson State in 2010 and to the SWAC tournament title game for the first time in school history a year later.

In his final season, Washington dealt with the fallout from APR issues that left him with four scholarship players on his roster, finishing 4-24.

“I’m upset,” Washington said. “I understand this business and if you don’t win, you’re out. I took over after a kid died and we shocked the world in Shreveport when we beat Jackson State. Then we go to the SWAC championship game for the first time in history.

“I understand the interim tag at first, but after that, they offered me two contracts and pulled the both back. At that point, don’t string me along. If I’m not your guy, say so and I’ll move on.”

Rogers coached four years at Grambling, leading the GSU women to a 10-8 conference record this season and a berth in the SWAC tournament semifinals.

Women’s assistant Tony Greene told The Times “we would not return” in 2012-13.

(Shreveport Times)