Sunday, November 23, 2014

B-CU edges FAMU during OT in 18-17 nail-biter

Bethune-Cookman made a two-point try to beat FAMU 18-17 in overtime on Saturday in the Florida Blue Florida Classic. The game was the very first sporting event housed inside the newly renovated Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando.

In a game that went scoreless through the first half – the first of its kind in the 89-year history of the rivalry between FAMU and B-CU, the final four minutes of regulation and overtime period provided all the excitement for what would go down as one of the best Florida Blue Florida Classic’s in recent years.

B-CU redshirt freshman quarterback Larry Brihm ran it in for two points after Danny Dillard scored on a 1-yard run for the Wildcats (9-3, 6-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference).

Saturday, November 22, 2014

FAMU looks to end tough season on high note with Classic victory

FAMU is set to continue its longstanding rivalry with in-state opponent Bethune-Cookman today as the two teams participate in the annual Florida Blue Florida Classic at the newly renovated Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, Fla. The Rattlers (3-8, 3-4 MEAC) are looking to end a tough season on a high note with a big win against their arch-rival.

The game will air live at 2 p.m. on ESPN Classic and ESPN3.  It will re-air on ESPNU during a time slot to be determined and announced at a later time.

Mark Neely will handle the play-by-play, while former All-MEAC quarterback and Howard University alumnus Jay Walker will serve as the analyst. FAMU graduate Tiffany Green will handle sideline duties.

Friday, November 21, 2014

FAMU opens campus to FSU students affected by school shooting

In the wake of the tragic shooting that occurred on the campus of Florida State University (FSU) this morning, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) President Elmira Mangum has announced that the university campus will be open to FSU students who need to utilize library services, study areas, food services, and other venues as they prepare for final examinations and graduation.

According to Mangum, students who present their FSU student ID will have access to any on-campus resources that will assist the students in carrying on with their daily academic routine.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Columnist: “Winslow has built an insular fiefdom”

David Whitley, a journalist who covered FAMU sports in his earlier reporting career, weighed in on FAMU’s ongoing athletics leadership controversy in a column for the Orlando Sentinel.

From: “FAMU’s problems loom over Florida Classic”:

FAMU undoubtedly needs rebranding and fresh thinking, but few schools are as steeped in as much tradition. Rudy Hubbard coached the Rattlers to an unbeaten football season in 1977 and the Division I-AA championship in 1978.

I covered the program 10 years later, and Hubbard would joke that he still couldn't win over the old guard, which lamented that he didn't run the program up to former football coach Jake Gaither's standards.

Gaither, Bob Hayes, Althea Gibson and Willie Galimore sprang from the golden sports era of pre-integration at FAMU. The school is rightly proud of its heritage, but the nostalgia Hubbard battled is still a prickly issue.

The old guard has to be approached with tact and deference. [Athletics Director Kellen Winslow] came into FAMU swinging a sledgehammer.

"It's broken. It can't be fixed," he said of the athletic department. "Tear it down, start over and build it the right way."

Winslow had a hard task to begin with. Infuriating the FAMU establishment might have made it impossible.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mangum to add two trustees as nonvoting members of football coach search advisory committee

FAMU President Elmira Mangum will add two university trustees to the advisory committee for the head football coach search. They will serve as nonvoting members.

Back on Friday, Nov. 7, the trustees Athletics Oversight Committee voted to recommend that the full Board of Trustees pass a policy requiring two trustees to be appointed to the advisory committee. The motion did not state any intention to restrict the two trustees from being voting members. According to WCTV-6, Mangum told the committee that she thought that proposal was inappropriate.

But during the Monday conference call for the full board, Athletics Oversight Committee Chairman Kelvin Lawson said that Mangum had agreed to give the trustees nonvoting representation on the committee after consulting with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) President Belle Wheelan.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AD Kellen Winslow receives 6-3 “no confidence” vote from FAMU Board of Trustees

On Monday, the FAMU Board of Trustees voted 6-3 to approve the Athletics Oversight Committee’s recommendation for a motion expressing “no confidence” in Athletics Director Kellen Winslow, Sr.

Kelvin Lawson, chairman of the Athletics Oversight that gave Winslow a 3-0 “no confidence” vote on Nov. 7, introduced the motion. Torey Alston, another member of the committee, seconded it.

Lawson, Alston, Student Body President Tonnette Graham (another member of the Athletics Oversight Committee), Board Chairman Chuck Badger, Vice-Chairman Rufus Montgomery, and Spurgeon McWilliams all voted in favor of the motion. The “no” votes came from Belinda Shannon, Faculty Senate President Bettye Grable, and Lucas Boyce.

Kimberly Moore, Marjorie Turnbull, Cleve Warren, and Karl White did not take part in the conference call. Moore previously stated that she disagreed with the Athletics Oversight Committee’s decision to hold a “no confidence” vote.

Monday, November 17, 2014

FAMU Law wins Puerto Rican Bar Moot Court Competition for third straight year

Two students from the FAMU College of Law successfully completed the "three-peat" at the Third Annual Puerto Rican Bar Association's Moot Court Competition on Saturday, October 11, 2014, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

FAMU Law third-year student Loren Vasquez and second-year student Tameka Franco took the top honor as Best Team over Cornell University Law School, University of North Carolina School of Law, St. John's University School of Law, New York Law School, Barry University School of Law, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, Nova Southeastern University, and Catholic University of Puerto Rico.  Franco also received the Best Advocate Award for the competition.