Friday, October 31, 2014

Winslow booed at FAMU Homecoming Convocation

FAMU Athletic Director Kellen Winslow, Sr.’s disrespectful treatment of Rattler student-athletes came back to bite him at the 2014 FAMU Homecoming Convocation.

When Winslow took the podium to introduce the FAMU football team (something that is normally done by the head coach), hundreds of students in the audience started booing him. The AD tried to laugh off the angry reactions at first.

“A little louder,” he said with a big smile.

That did not amuse the upset students, who took him up on his sarcastic request and began to boo at an even higher volume.

“Have your tickets and bring that energy to the game tomorrow,” Winslow said.

Winslow then tried to go forward with the team introduction, but the boos drowned out his voice. He stopped and stood quietly for several minutes as the boos went on. By that time, the smile was gone.

John Lewis joins Dream Defenders for early voting rally at FAMU

Yesterday, civil rights legend and U.S. Rep. John Lewis joined the Dream Defenders for an early voting rally on FAMU’s campus.

Lewis was among the nonviolent demonstrators who were beaten on Bloody Sunday in 1965 as they attempted to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. The protest helped lead to the passage of the Voting Rights Act later that same year.

Now the representative for the Fifth Congressional District of Georgia, Lewis urged the FAMU students in attendance to exercise the voting rights that were achieved through the struggle that cost many activists their lives.

The event, which took place in front of Lee Hall, also featured live music and food to complement the ongoing homecoming week activities. Along with Lewis, FAMU Student Body President Tonette Graham and Dream Defenders Director Phillp Agnew (a former FAMU student body president) also addressed the audience.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Winslow puts his foot in his mouth, again, with childish remarks to student-athletes

Back in June, new FAMU athletic director Kellen Winslow showed his ignorance of the recent history of FAMU’s athletics department in a set of comments he made before the 220 Quarterback Club.

“It’s broken,” Winslow said of the FAMU athletics department. “It can’t be fixed. Tear it down, start over build it the right way.”

The statement showed that Winslow had not taken the time to find out what really happed to the athletics division.

Twelve years ago, FAMU had one of the best financially-managed athletic departments among all the nation’s historically black colleges and universities. Ken Riley, who started serving as FAMU’s athletic director in 1994, left the department with an estimated surplus of more than $3M when he stepped down in 2002.

FAMU’s remaining assistant football coaches receive 60-day non-renewal notices

Corey Fuller and Quinn Gray talking with a Denver Broncos scout during FAMU Pro Day
Yesterday, in addition to terminating Head Football Coach Earl Holmes, the FAMU athletics department also gave 60-day non-renewal notices to the eight remaining assistant coaches.

Interim Head Coach Corey Fuller said he still plans to work hard throughout the rest of the season.

“It’s not the best situation to be the interim coach in,” Fuller said in an interview with WCTV-6. “You basically know that you're fired and that's just reality. But I’m going to work like I'm not fired because that's me, I’m a worker.”
According to the Tallahassee Democrat, “Jimmy Miller, vice president for communication and external affairs at FAMU, said the university had to make a change in order to have a new head coach in place in time to make inroads in recruiting before the February 2015 signing day.”

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Holmes out as head coach, Fuller to take over

FAMU Athletic Director Kellen Winslow, this afternoon, confirmed that Rattler Head Football Coach Earl Holmes has been fired. Corey Fuller, cornerbacks coach, has been named interim head coach.

Over nearly two seasons as head coach, Holmes had amassed a record of six wins against 16 losses.

Holmes' firing comes at an odd time with the Rattlers showing steady improvement, winning two out of their last three games, and with homecoming just four days away.

The Rattlers, seventh place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), have just four games remaining on the season. With two conference losses, the team is an extreme long shot in the race for the conference championship. FAMU is also ineligible for post season play due to National Collegiate Athletic Association Academic Progress Rate sanctions.

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FAMU volleyball picks up 36th straight regular season conference match win since 2011

The FAMU volleyball team remained perfect in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) play over the weekend, blanking South Carolina State and Savannah State by identical 3-0 scores Friday and Sunday on the road.

On Friday, FAMU won at South Carolina State (2-21, 2-4 in MEAC), 25-14, 25-19, 25-13. The team was paced by Tamar Fowler, who led with 12 kills, followed by MEAC Rookie of the Year candidate Pamela Soriano with 10. Sydni Etheredge and Ginna Lopez-Chavez each added six kills, with Deja Martin getting five.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bill Clinton urges early voting during rally for Gwen Graham at FAMU

On Saturday, the 42nd president of the United States visited FAMU’s campus to stump for Democratic Congressional candidate Gwen Graham.

A crowd of about 1,000 filled the university quadrangle to hear Bill Clinton, who served as commander-in-chief from 1993 to 2001, to urge the students to help unseat incumbent Steve Southerland, R-Panama Beach.

“In the next nine days everyone here is going to pass a hundred people . . . that you actually know and probably will not vote unless you stop them look them in the eye and ask them too,” Clinton said.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Aggies rise to #1 spot in MEAC with 40-21 win over Rattlers

North Carolina A&T’s 40-21 homecoming win over FAMU Saturday afternoon at Aggie put the Aggies (7-2, 4-1 MEAC) in sole possession of first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) with three games remaining on the Aggies’ schedule.

North Carolina A&T holds a half game lead over Bethune-Cookman, S.C. State, Norfolk State, Morgan State and N.C. Central. The Aggies also improved to 4-0 in homecoming games under head coach Rod Broadway.

The Rattlers (2-6, 2-2 MEAC) have now lost three straight to A&T.

FAMU Quarterback Damien Fleming led the FAMU offense with 20 of 30 passing for 240 yards and three TD passes. Running back Lemond Buice had four catches for 36 yards and one TD.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

FAMU welcomes 2014-2015 class of Life Gets Better Scholars

FAMU President Elmira Mangum and Vice President for Student Affairs William Hudson recently presented the 2014-2015 class of Life Gets Better Scholars with laptops and iPads to assist them in their academic pursuits.

Life Gets Better Scholars are designated National Achievement, Hispanic, or Merit Semifinalists by the National Merit Corporation, having a 3.50 high school GPA and having an 1800 on the SAT or 27 on the ACT.

The 2014-2014 class of Life Gets Better Scholars are: Michaela Allen (Mobile, Ala. / Biology), Deja Goodson (Fayetteville, Ga. / Pre-Med Biology), Devin Hodge (McDonough, Ga. / Biology), Quentin Lewis (Douglasville, Ga. / Computer Engineering), Kevin Lukose (Tampa, Fla. / Pre-Med Biology), Nortory Mack (Tallahassee, Fla. / Biology), Audriana Osborne (Montgomery, Ala. / Pre-Law English) Omari Reeves-Miller (Woodstock, Ga. / Pre-Med Biology), Alexandria Thomas (Orlando, Fla. / Biology), and Carley Tramble (Birmingham, Ala. / Pre-Vetenarian Animal Science).