Grambling State University football players boycotted practice and forfeited a game to protest poor conditions at the program. For their efforts, they procured national attention to their plight, discussion of their dilapidated facilities and a bevy of Muscle Milk.
Here is the first tweet that states Grambling's team will have the sustenance to conclude its tumultuous season.
Muscle Milk says it is sending 4,608 bottles of its product to Grambling football team, enough to get team through season— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) October 22, 2013
Thankfully, Rovell continues with an image—as if we thought over 4,600 bottles of Muscle Milk was some paltry order.
Muscle Milk's donation to Grambling isn't small: Here's what 384 cases (4,608 bottles) looks like pic.twitter.com/NQrSfmWTvl— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) October 22, 2013
Tyler Moorehead, writing for College Spun, hopped on the Muscle Milk website and garnered some astonishing numbers related to this massive gift.
According to Moorehead, the company delivered 156,672 grams of protein at a cost of $18,400. Of course, that is hardly a hefty sum when you consider the spotlight a gesture like this warrants from football fans.
The Tigers will certainly need the nutritional boost, because they are headed back to the football field.
USA Today reports Grambling State players announced they will once again play football after boycotting the sport for a week, resulting in a forfeit against Jackson State on Saturday.
The players decided to come back to the fray after discussing things with former head coach Doug Williams.
Interim head coach George Ragsdale was reassigned following complaints from players, and the Tigers will move forward with defensive coordinator Dennis Winston leading the team, also on an interim basis.
However, the team didn't come back without sending another message, this of the more literal variety. USA Today posted a statement issued by the team. Portions of the missive follow:
As part of the athletic program at Grambling State University, the football team, took a stance on what we thought was right. We did not quit on our university. There are many problems that exist and if no one says anything, nothing will come of our institution. We hope Coach Eddie Robinson and his legendary players can appreciate that we stood up for what we thought was right.
Although we are going to continue our season, we have not forgotten the situation and how we've gotten here. We would like to say thank you to Coach Williams, the Legends and Mr. Jim Bernhard. Grambling has given us the opportunity to be a part of its legacy and we are only looking to improve conditions for the university and future student-athletes.
Among the players' complaints was shoddy facilities, some of which can be seen in a report over at Deadspin.
Questions about personnel, facilities and motivation amid a turbulent time in the program's history will have to be answered moving forward. Thanks to Muscle Milk, the team can cross one item off the myriad of things players and coaches have to worry about.
Hit me up on Twitter: