Team preview: Grambling

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: October 20, 2004, 4:55 PM ET
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Paul Haynes didn't play at Grambling more than four years. It just seemed like it.

"He's been there for 7-8 years, hasn't he?" one longtime SWAC assistant coach said earlier this summer, referring to Haynes. "He's gotta be done."

Indeed, Haynes is. The 6-8 forward, a four time All-SWAC performer and league player of the year as a sophomore, has exhausted his eligibility. And nobody around the league can be happier about that fact than the coaches, all of whom over the last four seasons had to figure out a way to match up with the versatile Haynes, who averaged 17.4 points and 7.0 rebounds as a junior and 17.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game a year ago as a senior.

One coach who isn't glad to see Haynes go is Grambling State's Larry Wright, although he insists there will be LAH -- Life after Haynes.