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Friday, August 12, 2016

FAMU men’s basketball team heads to Canada for exhibition tour

The Florida A&M men’s basketball team leaves Friday morning for a seven day exhibition tour of Canada. The 2016-17 Rattler squad will play four games in five days as part of a National Collegiate Athletic Association-permitted exhibition trip.

Head Coach Byron Samuels is excited about what he feels will get accomplished with the exhibition.

“This gives us an opportunity for our players to travel, become familiar with one another and begin to trust each other as teammates,” he said.  “Our kids recognized that the opportunity came with sacrifice and coordination from their coaches and the athletic administration.”

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Wood says all player positions open as Fall camp begins

FAMU Head Football Coach Alex Wood began this year's Fall football camp with the declaration that all positions were open for competition. 

"Every position is open to whoever wants to step in as a starter.  I am pleased with the improvement I've seen, but we still have a long way to go until opening day," he said.

Wood's statement was justified last season by the emergence of true freshman running back Devin Bowers.  In an unexpected turn of events, Bowers was inserted in the lineup in the Samford football game and did he the tune of 144 yards on 10 carries, including a 73-yard touchdown scamper as the Rattlers vaulted out to an early lead.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

ESPNU to air first live MEAC volleyball game since 2010 FAMU v. B-CU matchup

ESPNU will televise the 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Volleyball Championship match live for the first time in tournament history

This historic venture marks only the third time in 10 seasons that ESPNU will televise a MEAC volleyball match live. Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman participated in the last two live televised contests on ESPNU in 2010 and 2007 as both contests took place during the regular season.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Aggies’ football success helping recruitment as Rattlers rebuild from Mangum, Winslow damage

FAMU alumna Tiffany Greene conducts postgame interview as NCA&T Chancellor Harold Martin watches
On Friday, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s (MEAC) preseason poll predicted that the North Carolina A&T Aggies will win the conference title for the third consecutive year. A&T went 10-2 (7-1 MEAC) in 2015.

The Greensboro News and Record reported that the A&T victory in the first Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl in 2015, which earned the school the unofficial historically black college and university (HBCU) national football championship, brought lots of positive publicity to the university that has helped recruitment. That contest was broadcast on ABC.

NCA&T Chancellor Harold Martin reversed the school’s decline in students in Fall 2014 after two straight years of falling enrollment caused by the federal financial aid program overhaul. The freshman, first-time student classes that Martin enrolled in Fall 2014 and Fall 2015 both had 3.0+ average GPAs in high school. A&T is expecting more enrollment growth in Fall 2016.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Five Rattler gridders named to All-MEAC preseason teams

Head Coach Alex Wood speaks with ESPN commentator Jay Walker at the MEAC Kickoff Luncheon
Florida A&M University (FAMU) had five players named to the 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference All-Star Football Team announced Friday afternoon during its annual Football Media Luncheon at the Waterside Marriott Hotel in Norfolk, Va.

Senior defensive end Curtis Alexander from nearby Quincy, Fla., and senior safety Jacques Bryant from Tallahassee, Fla., were first team selections.

Senior center Keonte Cash of Miami, Fla., and senior receiver Montavious Williams of Tallahassee were second team picks, while senior punter Colby Blanton of Jacksonville was third team selectee.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

FAMU women’s basketball rebuilds with seven new players

Florida A&M women’s basketball Head Coach Ledawn Gibson announced recently the signing of seven new players for the 2016-2017 season.

The septet of newcomers include Kennedy Burks (5’11 G/F Grand Prairie, TX, Jamella Smith (5’10 G Chapel Hill, NC), Ny’Asia Davis (6’3 C Starke, FL),  Dy’Manee Royal (6’0 F Savanah ,GA ) , Ecenur Yurdakul (5’7 PG , Eyup, Turkey), Shakeyrra Morrison (6’0 G/F, and DI transfer Taylor Darks (5’11  W Cincinnati, OH) .

Friday, July 15, 2016

FAMU reorganizes track & field program, Moore to lead both men and women’s teams

Florida A&M Athletics announced yesterday that as part of the reorganization, the men’s and women’s track programs will be combined under a single director, with assistants for each of the teams.

Darlene Moore will assume the new title of Director of Track & Field. She formerly served as head coach of the women’s cross country and track teams. During her career, she 18 conference championships in her coaching career, including six at FAMU. In 2016, she led the women’s cross country team to a successful defense of its title in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) for a fourth consecutive time. Under her direction, the Lady Rattlers also won back-to-back MEAC outdoor track and field crowns.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

FAMU sluggers score big in academics

Hitting the books scored several home runs academically for members of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) baseball team.

Nine members of the University’s team were selected for the 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Baseball All-Academic team. The MEAC recognizes student-athletes with a 3.0 or better grade point average, who have been enrolled at their respective university for at least one year. The team includes the names of 91 athletes throughout the conference deemed qualified to receive recognition.

Among FAMU’s honorees are Hunter Fillingim, Brandon Fleming, Peter Jackson, Kenneth McDonald, David Ogilvie, Richard Page, Logan Seymour, Cameron Sims and Kendal Weeks.

Friday, June 17, 2016

ESPN Classic to televise 2016 Florida Classic

Yesterday, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced that the Florida Classic featuring Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman will air live on ESPN Classic and ESPN3 on Nov. 19, 2016.

The matchup is one of eight regular season contests scheduled to be televised on ESPN, ESPNU, and ESPN Classic, as well as carried on ESPN3. The nationally televised games are a part of the MEAC’s ongoing partnership with ESPN.

All games can also be viewed via live stream on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox and Apple TV via the WatchESPN application. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

FAMU baseball season ends with 4-2 loss to Norfolk State

Florida A&M (31-21, 19-5 MEAC) got a strong pitching performance from Chase Jarrell, but was unable to get the offense going in a 4-2 loss to Norfolk State (29-20, 19-5 MEAC) on Monday night at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Baseball Tournament.

The offense scattered eight hits, but couldn’t get that timely hit when they needed it most. Jarrell (6-4) pitched six solid innings and allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits with four strikeouts and one walk. MEAC Player of the Year Dylan Dillard recorded his eighth home run of the season in his final career at bat in the eighth inning.

Alec Wong (2-for-4) and Dillard (2-for-4) had the only two multi-hit games for the Rattlers against the Spartans. Kendal Weeks came in to pitch the final three innings of relief and allowed just one run on three hits with one strikeout.

Monday, May 23, 2016

FAMU softball season ends with 6-4 NCAA loss to USF

The FAMU softball team battled back valiantly from a 5-0 deficit in the late innings, but came up two runs short Saturday afternoon in a season-ending 6-4 setback to South Florida in the Tallahassee Regional at JoAnne Graf Field.

FAMU (27-30) fell behind 1-0 after the first inning, and USF (45-15) added three runs in the second and one more in the fourth to build a 5-0 advantage.
After the game, FAMU Head Coach Veronica Wiggins said she was proud of her team. 

“I’m very proud of my team and the effort they gave at the end,” she said. “If we had come out with a little more intensity at the start things might have ended differently. But our players set a goal before the season that they wanted to get to the regionals and compete and I think we accomplished that…. I have six juniors who set a goal to win championships, and I look forward to them providing leadership for us next season.”

Saturday, May 21, 2016

FAMU opens MEAC tourney with a 10-2 win over NCCU

Florida A&M (31-19, 19-5 MEAC) used a six-run third inning and a strong day from both Dylan Dillard and Ricky Page to defeat North Carolina Central (25-29, 11-13 MEAC) by a score of 10-2 in the Rattlers opening game at the MEAC Baseball Tournament.

Dillard belted his seventh home run of the season in the sixth inning, a 432-foot shot to center field, and had a season high five RBI, while going 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the win. Page (6-3) had a strong outing as well on the mound as he earned his sixth win of the season. He pitched seven strong innings allowing just one unearned run on eight hits with four strikeouts, one walk.

FAMU sent all nine batters to the plate in the third inning and scored six runs on five hits to take a commanding 6-0 lead.

FAMU softballers drop 1-0 NCAA heartbreaker to FSU

Junior pitcher Kenya Pereira tossed a scintillating one-hitter against the No. 6 Florida State Seminoles, but it wasn’t enough as the hosts of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional escaped with a 1-0 victory over the FAMU Lady Rattlers in an opening round game, delayed over two hours due to thunderstorms, at JoAnn Graf Field.

Pereira (14-16), the 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year, who on Thursday was named to the Southeast All-Region Team, justified those accolades, twirling a no-hitter through five innings and into the sixth, before FSU’s Jessica Warren lined a double down the left field line for the game’s only hit.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Pereira makes All Southeast Region Team

FAMU junior softball pitcher Kenya Pereira added another honor to her trophy case Thursday, when she was named to the American Fastpitch Coaches’ Association (AFCA) All Southeast Region third team.

Pereira, the 2016 MEAC Pitcher of the Year, a first-team All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) selection and a MEAC All-Tournament team selectee, posted a14-15 record, with a 3.50 ERA and 135 strikeouts in 182 innings.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Jamey Shouppe named MEAC Coach of the Year, Dylan Dillard named Player of the Year

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced on Tuesday that Florida A&M University Head Coach Jamey Shouppe has been named the MEAC Coach of the Year and Dylan Dillard the MEAC Player of the Year for the 2016 season.

This is the second time (2014) in his first three seasons that Shouppe was tabbed as the MEAC Coach of the Year. Eight different Rattlers picked up All-MEAC honors as four were voted to the First Team All-MEAC, including three of the four starting FAMU infielders. It marks just the second time in program history that a FAMU player earned Player of the Year honors as Bennie Robinson earned the recognition in 2014.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

FAMU softball to open NCAA tournament at FSU

Senior captain Jessica Nathan will lead the FAMU softball team into the NCAA Regionals
The FAMU Lady Rattler Softball team will play its opening game in the 2016 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Softball national tournament on Friday, May 20 against crosstown Florida State. The NCAA Regional matchup will take place at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time at JoAnne Graff Field.

FAMU (27-28), winners of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference crown, will face the No. 8 nationally-seeded Seminoles (48-8) in a contest slated to be aired on

Friday's game will be the third meeting between the Tallahassee schools this season. FSU won the first game 10-1 on February 24 and the second game 12-3 on May 5.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

FAMU wins third consecutive MEAC softball championship

The Florida A&M University softball team won the 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Softball Tournament championship on Saturday afternoon at the Ormond Beach Sports Complex.

This is the third consecutive title for the Lady Rattlers (27-28) and 12th overall.

Head Coach Veronica Wiggins was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Coach for the 10th time. Veronica Burse was also named Most Outstanding Performer.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Rattler baseball clinches MEAC Southern Division title

Florida A&M (28-19, 17-5 MEAC) scored 13 runs in the first two innings and never let up on its way to a 20-4, seven inning, win over North Carolina A&T (13-39, 6-16 MEAC) at Moore-Kittles Field on Friday.

It was the third time this season FAMU defeated NC A&T by a mercy rule. The Rattlers recorded 14 of its 24 hits in the first two innings, which was the most hits in a game this season and is the 26th time A&M has had 10+ hits in a game in 2016. Every starter recorded at least one hit for the Rattlers, while Alec Wong and Ben Ellzey each went 4-for-4. Wong has extended his streak to 11 straight at bats with a base hit.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Ricky Page named MEAC Pitcher of the Week

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced earlier this week that Florida A&M’s Ricky Page was its Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season.

Page pitched a complete game shutout in a 4-0 game two win at NC Central on Saturday and threw just 77 pitches (56 for strikes). He recorded a career-high eight strikeouts, didn't walk a batter and only went to a three-ball count one time in the game, which didn't come until two outs in the seventh inning.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Kenya Pereira named MEAC Pitcher of the Year

Yesterday, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) named Florida A&M University junior Kenya Pereira its Pitcher of the Year.

Pereira, who is from Kissimmee, Florida, appeared in 38 games and notched 12 wins in 164.0 innings pitched. A one-time MEAC Pitcher of the Week selection, Pereira ranked third in the conference in earned run average (3.33), first in opposing batting average (.234), second in innings pitched, fourth in batters struck out (117) and tied for second in wins.