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Jackson State homecoming game canceled

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(WMC-TV) – Thousands gather every year in Jackson, Mississippi for the Jackson State University homecoming game, a tradition that has been going on for more than 100 years.

But this year's event will not go as planned after long-time rival Grambling State University in Louisiana forfeited the game Friday night.

"This is not a good thing that if they don't show up it's a lot of money involved here with our homecoming, a lot at stake," Jackson State alum Renae Baker said.

Grambling State University football players decided to boycott practice Wednesday after they walked out of a meeting with administration.

Among their issues with the program were long bus trips to Kansas City and Indianapolis.

They were also disgruntled about the firing of head coach Doug Williams earlier this season.

"This is kind of uncharted waters for a situation like this we've got to work the details of that out but anybody that wants a refund they'll be given a refund," Eric Stringfellow said.

Many Memphians traveled to Jackson for the game.

Jackson State University's Memphis Alumni President Angelia Davis-Webster said even with this disappointing news the homecoming parade, a football scrimmage game, and extended band performance will take place.

"Most of Memphis alums that were planning on coming are here," Davis-Webster said. "Most of them came down on yesterday and some traveled this morning."

"We're not concerned at all this is Jackson State homecoming," Gelia Taylor said. "It goes on. Homecoming never stops."

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