Wednesday, November 25, 2015

FAMU Volleyball’s season ends in MEAC tourney’s semi-finals

The Florida A&M University women’s volleyball team made a valiant effort in the 2015 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament, winning a tough five-set opener before losing in the semifinals Saturday at the Hytche Center on the campus of the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore.

The injury-riddled, shorthanded team (8-21, 7-3 in MEAC) fell in Saturday’s semifinals to Northern Division champion Howard University (17-13), 3-1 (20-25, 20-25, 28-26, 19-25).

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Two of the loudest defenders of Holmes’ firing shouldn’t have been hired at FAMU themselves

Kellen Winslow, Sr. and John Michael Lee were two of the loudest defenders of the decision to terminate former Rattler Head Football Coach Earl Holmes back in 2014. But Winslow and Lee were both poor selections for employment at FAMU themselves.

Back in 2012, Central State University President John Garland fired Winslow from the position of athletic director. Winslow responded by making a number of apparently bitter comments in the media.

The Springfield News-Sun reported on the back-and-forth between Winslow and the Central State president:

Monday, November 23, 2015

Holmes’ firing handled almost as incompetently as Joe’s termination

One big problem behind the decline of the Florida A&M football program over the past ten years has been the willingness of some so-called Rattlers to defend administrative mistreatment of the coaching staff. Too many people who tell the world that they “bleed Orange & Green” have had such a personal dislike of certain football coaches that they didn’t even care about treating those employees with fairness.

The unprofessional termination process used against Earl Holmes in 2015, which a number of “Rattlers” still claim isn’t a big deal, was almost as much of a national embarrassment as the incompetent firing of Billy Joe in 2005.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Bethune-Cookman loss gives FAMU its first one win season in 72 years

The Florida A&M football program ended its season with only one win for the first time in 72 years on Saturday as archival Bethune-Cookman clinched a hard-fought 35-14 victory over the Rattlers in the Florida Blue Florida Classic.

“It was a disappointing loss for our program. We came in with great emotion and energy, but we made too many crucial mistakes, but we still competed until the end,” said Head Coach Alex Wood.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Florida Classic to air on ESPN Classic

The 2015 Florida Blue Florida Classic Football game between FAMU and Bethune-Cookman University today, Saturday, Nov. 20, will be televised live nationally on ESPN Classic. The Coverage will begin at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time from the Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

Viewers can also watch the game on and on a taped delay basis at 10:30 p.m. Saturday night on ESPNU.

FAMU alumnus Tiffany Greene will provide the play-by-play and Howard University alumnus Jay Walker will provide analysis.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Warren elected chairman of FAMU Board of Trustees

This morning, the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) elected Cleve Warren as its new chairman with a 10-0 vote. Trustee Robert Woody nominated him for the job. There were no other nominations.

The vacancy in the chairmanship opened when Rufus Montgomery stepped down on October 23 after leading two unsuccessful attempts to fire President Elmira Mangum a student protest that called for his removal. 

Warren previously came up short when he ran against Rufus for the chairmanship last year. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

FAMU athletic director announces sanctions for NCAA violations

Earlier this week, FAMU Athletic Director Milton Overton announced self-imposed penalties and other sanctions due to the identification of violations of secondary NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) rules during previous academic years.