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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Moore has FAMU women’s track team poised for MEAC Indoor title run

The Florida A&M Lady Rattler indoor track and field team has something to prove.  Last season, lackluster performances left the team wondering what could have been.  

“We just did not perform well as a team.  We did well in some areas, but I felt we left too many points on the track to win in our highly-competitive conference,” said Head Coach Darlene Moore.

Already carrying the 2015-2016 MEAC Cross Country title, the Lady Rattlers are performing well going into this year’s MEAC Indoor Track and Field Championship Feb. 11-13, in Landover, MD.  Moore’s goal is to fine tune the team to win the title that has eluded the Lady Rattlers since she took the helm.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Four home games on tab for 2016 Rattler football season

Florida A&M University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Milton Overton released Rattler football’s 2016 schedule yesterday.  The slate includes four home games in the historic Bragg Memorial Stadium.  The schedule also includes a familiar opening day opponent in Miami Gardens, Fla., against the University of Miami Hurricanes.

This year, an old foe will return after a 20-year absence from competition.  FAMU will face the Tigers of Tuskegee University in Mobile, Ala. on Sept. 17.  The revitalization of one of FAMU’s traditional foes dates back to their first meeting in 1908.  The last time the Rattlers faced Tuskegee was in 1996, with FAMU’s famed “Gulf Coast” offense posting a 56-0 routing of the Tigers.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Senior duo providing spark for FAMU women’s basketball

It has been 21 years since Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s Women’s Basketball program brought home a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championship, but the similarities between that 1994-95 team and the 2015-16 squad give Rattler fans some hope for a similar title run this season.

That now legendary 1994-95 team was coached by Claudette Farmer, who came back to her alma mater after winning more than 200 games at nearby Rickards High School. Her two key players were 1995 MEAC Player of the Year Natalie White, a guard who led the NCAA in steals (191 in 30 games) and a gifted scorer and rebounder in forward Cathy Robinson (19.8 points per game, 8.7 rebounds), who would win MEAC Player of the Year honors in 1996.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Wood loses recruiting coordinator weeks before National Signing Day

On Tuesday, Rattler Head Football Coach Alex Wood confirmed that his recruiting coordinator has left the program with just weeks to go before the Feb. 1 National Signing Day.

Former FAMU Special Teams and Recruiting Coordinator Dennis Smith has taken a job at McNeese State, which is a member of the Southland Conference.

“Dennis has a variety of qualities that makes him one of the most important hires for McNeese,” said McNeese State Head Coach Lance Guidry. “His experience as an FBS director of football operations and recruiting coordinator will help define our daily, weekly, and seasonal football activities. Spending most of his coaching career in Florida, he'll help our program reach out to new recruiting grounds in the future.”

Saturday, January 02, 2016

FAMU women’s basketball rings in New Year with 59-38 win over SSU

The FAMU women’s basketball team won its third straight game of the season on New Year’s Day, riding a strong second half surge past the Savannah State Tigers, 59-38 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) game at The Al Lawson Center.

FAMU (7-7, 1-1 in MEAC) caught fire from the floor in the second half, shooting 51.9 percent from the floor (14 of 27) to pull away from the visitors, which trailed 26-18 at the half.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Rattlers finish second in MEAC for 2015 home football game attendance

Florida A&M University’s football program ranked second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in average home crowds during the 2015 football season according to numbers released by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

The Rattlers drew 60,240 fans for the four home games at Bragg Memorial Stadium in Tallahassee, good for a per-game average of 15,060. Those numbers were an improvement over FAMU’s 2014 showing in Bragg, when five games drew 55,863 fans for a 11,173 per game average.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

FAMU baseball posts strong academic success during fall semester

Florida A&M Head Coach Jamey Shouppe announced earlier this week that the Rattler baseball team had a strong fall semester in the classroom.

A total of 13 of the 25 scholarship baseball players posted a GPA of 3.0 or better. Senior pitchers Cameron Sims and David Ogilvie each finished the fall semester with a 4.0 GPA.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

FAMU volleyball inks three prime recruits

Florida A&M Volleyball Head Coach Tony Trifonov announced last week the signing of three prime prospects to National Letters of Intent to join the volleyball team for the 2016 season.

Two of the signees – outside hitters Alexandria Hightower and Alexis Gosha – are highly decorated prep performers, while the third – outside hitter Maria Garcia, performed in three international world championship events this past summer.

Maria Garcia

Garcia, a 6-1 hitter from the Dominican Republic, was a member of the Dominican Republic’s Under 20 FIVB World Championship team, which captured the gold medal in competition in Puerto Rico. She was also a member of the bronze medal-winning Under 23 team, along with current FAMU player Pamela Soriano; and was on the Under 18 National team as well.

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Ravenal named MEAC Rookie of the Week

Florida A&M freshman guard Justin Ravenal was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week for Men’s Basketball on Monday.

The 6-1, 175-pound guard from Lithonia, Georgia, had 37 points, seven rebounds and two steals in three games last week, knocking down nine three-pointers during that span.

His jumper with three seconds left Saturday completed a 22-8 finishing flurry to lift the Rattlers to a 73-71 win over Alcorn State in the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic.

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).

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 ESPN3.com 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.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Rattlers drop to 1-9 after 21-7 loss to Bears

By Morgan Culler
FAMU Sports Information Intern

The Florida A&M Rattler football team (1-9, 1-6 MEAC) fell to the Bears of Morgan State University (4-5, 4-3 MEAC), 21-7 at Earl C. Banks Field in Hughes Stadium.

After a scoreless first quarter, it took the Rattlers 2:17, seven plays, and 80-yards to score the first touchdown of the game. With 13:20 left in the second, a 12-yard touchdown pass from starting quarterback Kenny Coleman to sophomore wide receiver Brandon Norwood after he went up in the air, put the Rattlers on the board first.  Placekicker Colby Blanton added the extra point for a 7-0 lead.

Rattlers open men's basketball season with 103-71 win over Suns

The Florida A&M Men’s Basketball team hosted its first season opener at home since 2008 on Friday, making a serious splash at the Al Lawson Center in a breezy 103-71 romp over the visiting Johnson (Fla.) University Suns.

FAMU Head Coach Byron Samuels was all smiles as his charges used solid defensive pressure to create fastbreak opportunities to start the runaway Friday night, forging a 51-30 lead at the break on 51.3 percent shooting, while holding the Suns to 29 percent from the floor.

“We played with great energy tonight,” Samuels said “and our defensive intensity helped create some offensive chances for us.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Rattlers blanked twice in a season for first time since 1980 with 33-0 loss to Hampton

Hampton’s defensive squad turned in its best performance of 2015 on Saturday at Armstrong Stadium as the Pirate football team blanked Florida A&M, 33-0.

The Florida A&M loss marked the first time since 1980 that the Rattlers have taken two shutout losses in a single season. South Carolina State rolled over the Rattlers on September 17 to win 36-0, giving Florida A&M its first scoreless game since 2010.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

FAMU volleyball heads into MEAC tourney at #2 seed in Southern Division

The FAMU Volleyball team will head into the 2015 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship Tournament at the number two seed in the Southern Division after a tough 3-0 loss to arch-rival Bethune-Cookman on Sunday in the Al Lawson Center.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

FAMU wins fourth consecutive MEAC women’s cross country title

Florida A&M captured its fourth straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Women’s Cross Country championship on Saturday morning at the Delaware State University Outreach and Research Center.

The team scored 22 points to win its eighth overall MEAC title and fourth in a row. The Lady Rattlers averaged a time of 18:20.58 on the 5K course and had all five runners finish inside the top eight.

North Carolina A&T extends winning streak with 28-10 victory over FAMU

The North Carolina A&T football team, ranked 20th in FCS football, improved to 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with a 28-10 win over Florida A&M Saturday night  Bragg Memorial Stadium.

For the first time in school history, the Aggies have won back-to-back games in Tallahassee after beating the Rattlers (1-7, 1-4 MEAC) in overtime at Bragg in 2013.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Rattlers swat Hornets 41-13 for first win of the season

The Florida A&M football team rode a 24-6 scoring surge in the second half to roll past Delaware State, 41-13 at its 2015 Homecoming game before 22,678 spectators in Bragg Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The victory was the first of the year for FAMU (1-6, 1-3 in MEAC), while Delaware State (0-6, 0-3) remained winless.

It was also FAMU's first Homecoming win since 2012, when the team picked up a 22-21 come-from-behind win over North Carolina Central.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

FAMU sinks to 0-6 with 27-24 loss to NCCU

North Carolina Central University scored 10 unanswered points in the final six minutes, including the game-winning 20-yard field goal by freshman Nigel Macauley, as the Eagles rallied for a 27-24 victory over Florida A&M University on Saturday at Bragg Memorial Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla.

FAMU (0-6, 0-3 in MEAC) had four possessions in the fourth quarter, but didn’t register a first down after punting three times and then losing a fumble on the game’s final play.

The loss gave FAMU its first-ever 0-6 start in the history of the football program.