|Pete Richardson beat Grambling 12 times as head coach at rival Southern University. (USA Today photo)|
For seventeen years, Pete Richardson was a thorn in Grambling State’s side as head coach at rival Southern University. But with the program looking to rebuild from itself from the bottom up, it appears that Richardson is on the short list to take over the head coaching gig. The Baton Rouge Advocate reports that a group of Grambling alumni have expressed interest in Richardson, and he would consider the job.
“It would be difficult,” Richardson said. “Especially since I accomplished so much at the other school. To go into a rival situation, it would be a little difficult.”
There was a time that uttering Pete Richardson-to-Grambling would have started a fight in some parts of Louisiana. Times have changed.
— Jarrett Carter Sr. (@JLCarter_Sr) October 26, 2013
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsRichardson spent 17 years at Southern, winning 134 games, five SWAC championships and five black college football national championships. He also specialized at beating Grambling, winning 12 Bayou Classic games against the G-Men. Richardson started his coaching career at Winston-Salem State, where he led the Rams to a 41-14 record in five seasons, including three CIAA championship victories.
Richardson’s relationship has been heavily strained since being fired in 2009. The 68 year-old has repeatedly declined invitations to be honored as an individual and as part of teams he coached.