Grambling football coach Doug Williams was fired Wednesday morning.

Williams, 58, said he received a call around 8 a.m. and was summoned to school President Frank Pogue’s office. Pogue handed a letter to Williams and told him the school was going in another direction.

A school news release said the remainder of Williams’ contract was bought out. He had agreed to a new three-year contract in June 2012 that paid him $250,000 a year.

“There wasn’t a lot of conversation. I told him ‘OK’ and I was gone,” Williams said.

The school said running backs coach George Ragsdale will become interim head coach.

“We recognize Doug Williams’ many contributions to our football legacy and we express our deep appreciation for his service to Grambling State University and we wish him well in the future,” Pogue said.

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