FAMU tied with Howard for third-to-last in the MEAC back in 2014. It finished second-to-last in the conference (only ahead of Savannah State) in 2013.
Back in 2014, FAMU Athletic Director Kellen Winslow, Sr. fired then-Head Football Coach Earl Holmes just as his team was beginning to show steady improvement, having won two out of its last three contests and with the Homecoming game just four days away.
Winslow, who was selected by FAMU President Elmira Mangum without a search committee, resigned in December of that year. He had previously been fired as the athletic director of Central State University in 2012.
The 2015 Rattler football team under new Head Coach Alex Wood started out even worse than the previous year by chalking up a 0-6 record during its first games. It ended with a 1-10 record, which made it the first time in 72 years that FAMU won only one contest in an entire season.