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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

New FAMU head football coach: “I’m home”

The Simmons family with President Larry Robinson (FAMU student, freshman class president and son Tre, and daughters Raven and Shailoh with Willie Simmons and wife Shaia Simmons, a two-time FAMU grad – Not pictured: son, Wraylon)
Florida A&M University (FAMU) formally presented Big Bend area native Willie Simmons as the 18th full-time head coach in the history of the school’s storied football program on Tuesday, December 12, in the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium. The Marching “100,” FAMU Cheerleaders, Venom mascot, students, athletes, faculty, staff, alumni, booster groups and family and fans from across the region came out to welcome Coach Willie Simmons and the new era of Rattler Football.

“I’m home,” Simmons said during the press conference. “I’m honored, privileged and blessed to be here. And you will get my very best. We are going to get right to work at winning championships … and making sure our student-athletes are champions academically and off the field.”

Saturday, December 09, 2017

FAMU women’s basketball team breezes past Lynn University, 74-37

The Florida A&M University women's basketball team rode the momentum from a hot-shooting first half to a breezy 74-37 romp over visiting Lynn University in the Al Lawson Center Thursday night.

Thursday's win was the second straight for FAMU (2-7), which shot a blistering 53 percent (16 of 30) from the floor overall and went five of nine from three-point range to pull away from Lynn (2-7) to take a 41-20 halftime lead.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Four FAMU volleyball athletes named to MEAC All-Academic Team

Valentina Carrasco was one of four Lady Rattlers on the All-Academic team
Four FAMU athletes were recently named to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced the 2017 Volleyball All-Academic Team. They were: Valentina Carrasco, Maria Yvette Garcia, Alexis Gocha, and Valeria Lopez.

“I felicitate our women’s volleyball student-athletes for maintaining a 3.0 or better grade point average,” said MEAC Commissioner Dennis E. Thomas. “I would also like to recognize the academic support staff, faculty, parents and coaches who have contributed to the academic and athletic success of these student-athletes.”

The All-Academic Team honors 66 student-athletes from the conference’s 13 institutions who achieved academic success during the 2016-17 academic year. MEAC sophomore, junior and senior student-athletes with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average, as well as transfer student-athletes who have been in residence at the institution for at least one year, are eligible for All-Academic accolades.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

FAMU volleyball team finishes season with share of MEAC Southern Division title

The Florida A&M University volleyball team finished its season with a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Southern Division title. In the Southern Division, Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M both went 9-1, with each team losing to the other.

But the Wildcats claimed the division's #1 seed in the MEAC Championships by virtue of the tiebreaker, which came down to the number of total sets lost in head-to-head competition. Florida A&M, the preseason favorite in the Southern Division and winner of six straight matches, claimed the No. 2 seed.

FAMU advanced to tournament championship match with wins over Morgan State and Northern Division champion Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). It lost the title game 3-0 to three-time defending champion Howard University.

Two FAMU athletes, Maria Yvette Garcia and Nicole Abreu, were named to the 2017 MEAC Volleyball All-Tournament Team.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Rattlers drop seventh consecutive Florida Classic to Wildcats

Yesterday, Bethune-Cookman won its seventh consecutive football matchup against the Florida A&M University.  The Wildcats rallied for a 29-24 come-from-behind victory over the Rattlers in the Florida Blue Florida Classic before a Camping World Stadium crowd of 47,819 and a national ESPN audience.

Yahia Aly got FAMU on the board in the second quarter with a 30 yard field goal. Florida A&M went on to manage a 10-10 halftime time score on Ryan Stanley's 31-yard touchdown pass to Kareem Smith.

Florida A&M (3-8, 2-6 MEAC) outgained the Wildcats 136-8 as they took a 24-10 lead on Ricky Henrilus' 4-yard run and Devin Powers' 8-yarder to start the fourth quarter.

But Wildcat quarterback led Larry Brihm, Jr. led his team to victory by rushing for a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns, including the go-ahead touchdown on a two-yard naked bootleg with 1:15 remaining as Bethune-Cookman rallied for a 29-24 come-from-behind victory.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Rattlers lose home football finale to Bison, 37-26

The Rattler Football team led early in its home finale Saturday afternoon, only to lose late as visiting Howard Bison overtook FAMU for a 37-26 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory at Bragg Memorial Stadium.

The bright spots for FAMU (3-7, 2-5 in MEAC) included redshirt freshman halfback Ricky Henrilus, who rushed for 153 yards on 20 carries and one score, a two-yard blast which put FAMU ahead, 7-0 with 12:45 in the opening quarter.

After Howard (6-3, 5-1 in MEAC) tied the game on a Newton 24-yard TD toss to Kyle Anthony, FAMU quarterback Ryan Stanley answered late in the first with a 25-yard aerial to Kareem Smith for a 13-7 lead with 3:43 left.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Shakeyrra Morrison named to MEAC Preseason All-Star Team

Florida A&M women's basketball senior forward Shakeyrra Morrison was named to the 2017-18 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Preseason All-Star Team.

The 6-0 performer from Zebulon, North Carolina, was named to the Second Team squad on the strength of her rebounding efforts a year ago, when she ranked second overall in the MEAC at 9.7 caroms per game.

Morrison averaged 11.1 boards in 16 conference games, and was the leading offensive rebounder (4.1) in the league, while averaging 8.1 points per game, along with totalling 52 steals and 13 blocked shots.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Overton resigns as FAMU AD, will head Kennesaw State Athletics

Yesterday, Florida A&M University (FAMU) Athletic Director Milton Overton notified Interim President Larry Robinson of his plans to accept the athletic directorship at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Overton will assume his new position on December 1, 2017. He began his tenure at FAMU in August 2015.

“We are highly appreciative of the work AD Overton has done during his tenure at FAMU and wish him well in his future endeavors,” Robinson said. “This opportunity moves him closer to his family.”

Overton thanked Robinson, Board of Trustees Chair Kelvin Lawson, and the FAMU community “for embracing our department’s effort to build champions in the classroom, on the field and in life with academic excellence and integrity.”

Monday, October 30, 2017

Florida A&M wins sixth consecutive MEAC women’s cross country title

Florida A&M made history Saturday morning, winning the 2017 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Women’s Cross Country Championship, its sixth straight title, at the Delaware State University Outreach & Research Center.

The Rattlers won the meet with 46 points. Darlene Moore was named Most Outstanding Coach for the sixth straight year. In winning its 10th overall title, Florida A&M averaged an 18:52 over the 5K course and placed all five runners in the top 15.

Martha Bissah of Norfolk State was named Most Outstanding Performer after winning individual gold. She completed the 5K course in a MEAC-record 17:16.30.

Too named MEAC’s Most Outstanding Men's Cross Country Performer

David Too of Florida A&M was named Most Outstanding Performer at the 2017 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship on Saturday morning, after winning individual gold with a time of 24:48.80, at the Delaware State University Outreach & Research Center.

Too had 20 seconds on second place – but the Men’s team champion Norfolk State Spartans claimed the second through fifth spots in the running order. Anteneh Girma was second with a 25:08.40, while Bill Kemboi was third (25:14.50), Ronald Korir came in fourth (25:19.40) and Felix Kiprotich (25:35.70) was fifth.

Also finishing in the Top 15 for FAMU were brothers Onesmus Kemboi and Festus Kemboi.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Rattlers outlast Bears, 34-31

Florida A&M (3-6, 2-4) overcame some early miscues – including three turnovers in the first half – to get their second conference win of the season, 34-31, over Morgan State. 

Morgan State (1-7, 1-4) and FAMU made it an interesting game as both teams exchanged scores throughout the day, but key penalties and a late fourth quarter interception from redshirt sophomore Terry Jefferson sealed the Bears defeat.

DeAndre Harris completed 9 of 19 passes for 149 yards and tossed two TD passes to redshirt senior Amonta Poteat. Poteat led the Bears receiving corps with seven catches for 99 yards.

FAMU's redshirt sophomore quarterback Ryan Stanley had an interception and a fumble in the first half, but otherwise had a solid day. He threw three touchdown passes, two to running back Ricky Henrilus and one to Rickards grad Chad Hunter, and was turnover-free in the second half.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Keondra Eaton named MEAC Bowler of the Week

Florida A&M freshman Keondra Eaton has been named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Bowler of the Week.

Eaton (Fr., Baton Rouge, La.) averaged 206.4 pins in her first collegiate tournament this past weekend in the AllState Sugar Bowl invitational hosted by Tulane University in New Orleans, Lousiana.

In helping the Rattlers to an 8-5 record for the weekend, Eaton had three games in the 200s – including a 244 against her hometown school, Southern University at Baton Rouge.

She also bowled a 205 against Texas Southern and a 203 against Valparaiso.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Rattlers leave Hampton Homecoming crowd happy by taking 34-27 loss

Hampton defeated Florida A&M 34-27 for a Homecoming win at Armstrong Stadium on Saturday.

With the win, the Pirates (5-2, 4-0) are tied in the loss column with North Carolina A&T for first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).  This was the third straight homecoming win for Hampton and sixth in its last seven.

The Rattlers outgained the Pirates, 416-405 in total yards, buoyed by their 265 yards in the second half, sparked by Ricky Henrilus, who rushed for 75 yards on just eight carries in the second half. Devin Bowers finished with 65 yards on 18 carries, while Ryan Stanley passed for 220 yards on 13 of 19 passing, tossing a trio of TD strikes, against no picks.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Herrera named MEAC Volleyball Rookie of the Week for third time this season

Florida A&M University freshman middle blocker Candelaria Herrera was named the Mid-
Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Women’s Volleyball Rookie of the Week.

It was the third time this season, the 6-1 native of San Juan, Argentina earned the honor.

Herrera led FAMU with 25 kills in two match victories over the weekend against North Carolina Central (3-0) on Friday, and North Carolina A&T (3-0) on Sunday.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Too, Kiplagat earn MEAC Cross Country Runner of the Week Awards

Florida A&M sophomore David Too was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for the second consecutive week. Florida A&M sophomore Emmax Kiplagat was named Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week.

Too (So., Eldoret, Kenya) eclipsed his own MEAC-best time in 8K this past weekend, taking gold at the South Carolina State Invitational after running a personal-best and course-record 23:47.50. He is the first MEAC runner to break the 24-minute mark this season, clearing his previous best by nearly 30 seconds and helping the Rattlers place first among 10 teams.

Kiplagat (So., Eldoret, Kenya) also won gold in the South Carolina State Invitational, completing the 5K course in 18:22.90. Her time also allowed the Rattlers to finish first among 16 teams in the field, and Kiplagat had nearly 20 seconds on the next-closest finisher.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Herrera named MEAC Volleyball Rookie of the Week for second time this season

Yesterday, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference named Florida A&M freshman Candelaria Herrera its Volleyball Rookie of the Week for the second time this season.

Herrera (6-1, Fr., MB, San Juan, Argentina) hit .617 for the weekend, helping the Rattlers to a pair of straight-set victories in conference play. She had 12 kills (and just one error) against North Carolina Central, hitting .786 for the match and adding two service aces, before adding 13 kills, two total blocks and an ace against North Carolina A&T State. In that match, Herrera committed just three errors and hit .500.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Aggies spoil Rattler Homecoming, 31-20

The unbeaten North Carolina A&T Aggies rode a 21-point second period surge to a 31-20 win over the Florida A&M Rattlers at Homecoming in Bragg Memorial Stadium here Saturday afternoon.

A near-sellout crowd of 25,067 fans packed the venerable stadium for the 130th Homecoming at FAMU, and early on, it looked like the Rattlers (2-5, 1-3 MEAC) would more than compete against the Aggies (7-0,, 4-0 MEAC), as the two clubs played to a 7-7 draw after the first period.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Too named MEAC Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week

Florida A&M sophomore David Too was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week, the conference office announced on October 11.

Too (Jr., Eldoret, Kenya) won individual gold at the Florida State Invitational this past weekend, setting a Florida State course and Florida A&M program record by running a 24:15.60 over the 8K course. That time is the fastest in the MEAC, and Too bettered his conference-best time by 36 seconds.

His effort helped the Rattlers finish second in the 18-team field.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Mistake prone Rattlers fall to Norfolk State in 35-28 loss

Head Coach Alex Wood and his football team continued to be in Christmas mood as they gifted the Norfolk State Spartans a 35-28 win yesterday afternoon at Dick Price Stadium.

FAMU (2-4, 1-2 MEAC) outgained the home club in total yards, 485-243, but five turnovers (four lost fumbles, one interception), combined with 16 penalties for 145 yards, proved to be the seeds to the Rattlers demise.

Norfolk State (2-3, 2-0 MEAC) won their first series victory at home against FAMU Saturday, riding two fumble returns to edge the Rattlers, along with forcing the five fatal miscues which cost the visitors dearly.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Herrera named MEAC Volleyball Rookie of the Week

Florida A&M University freshman Candelaria Herrera was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic
Conference Volleyball Rookie of the Week.

Herrera (6-1, Fr., MB, San Juan, Argentina) was key in Florida A&M’s home win over North Florida this past Tuesday, racking up 13 kills (on a .455 hitting percentage) to go along with four total blocks, three service aces and three digs. In fact, Herrera clinched the match with an ace on match point, giving the Rattlers the five-set victory.