Grambling State University interim president Cynthia Warrick has hit the ground running.
On her first official day in office, The Monroe, Louisiana News Star has reported that athletics director Aaron James and men's basketball coach Joseph Price have been relieved of their duties.
“I didn’t foresee it coming, but I do understand when you change president — I’ve been in the system long enough — a lot of times the president’s have the people they want to bring into different positions, and I do understand that,” James told The News-Star Tuesday.
James said he received a letter from the president’s office Tuesday morning indicating he had been reassigned. James previously served as a kinesiology professor.
Grambling declined comment on the matter and released a statement Tuesday evening that didn’t mention any specific changes.
“My primary focus as Interim President is to move Grambling State University to a competitive position of excellence at every level,” Warrick said in the statement. “I have started the process of making several strategic changes in my administrative team, which is a customary practice in transitions such as this. The significant challenges facing Grambling make these decisions even more important, and I am committed to assembling the best talent possible in order to move the University forward.”
James, a former Grambling basketball star who played for the Tigers from 1970 to 1974 then went on to the NBA for five years, served as the athletic director since 2011. His first two years came on an interim basis before the tag was permanently removed last summer.
Meanwhile, Price is out after just two seasons at Grambling.
Price was 5-52, including an 0-28 season in 2013, but he was brought into a tumultuous situation with Grambling facing stiff APR penalties. The Tigers were ineligible for the postseason last season, but Price helped increase APR enough to lift the ban for 2014-15.
Onnidan sources indicate that current head women's basketball coach Patricia Cage Bibbs will be named interim AD.