BROWN’S SPORTS NOTES: The Great Grambling Incident

Thursday night I ran afoul of fans, mostly athletes, at Grambling State University. In a classic Twitter incident that begins with a misunderstanding, a few Tigers took exception to my surprise that they had beaten Ole Miss in the first round of the Women’s NIT.

I keep tabs on Ole Miss Women’s basketball because former Glasgow Lady Scottie Bree Glover is there. She played four minutes, missed a couple of shots, grabbed a pair of offensive rebounds, dished an assist and blocked a shot. Not a bad performance for the freshman.

Grambling entered the game 18-14 overall and as runner up in the SWAC. Ole Miss came in at 17-13 in the SEC, which is one of the top conferences for women’s college basketball. Also, the game was in Oxford, Miss., at The Pavilion. I don’t think anyone would have picked the Tigers to be the first women’s team to win a tournament game for the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Seems no SWAC women’s team had ever won an NCAA or NIT tournament game. Again, I can be excused for being surprise, but the Tigers weren’t hearing it.

Above is a smattering of the tweets that came my way. I wasn’t bothered. Great to see the Tigers pumped up about their team’s historic win.

I explained my interest in the game and that I usually pull for Grambling. I just had to support the local player in that instance.

Then things chilled out.

The Tigers next game is 4 p.m. Sunday in New Orleans against Tulane. They opened the season with a 79-56 loss to the Green Wave, but that doesn’t mean the second meeting must have the same result as the first.

Also, fellow Blair High School Tiger Jazmin Boyd is on the Grambling State roster. I am all in now.

James Brown is digital director for Commonwealth Broadcasting. He spent 20 years covering high school sports in Kentucky and Mississippi. You can listen to his show Brown Sports Bag on ESPN 1230 AM in Glasgow at 4 p.m. each Monday. He is joined by veteran basketball coach John Butler. Follow him on Twitter @JbrownESPNKY.

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