Showing posts with label athletics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label athletics. Show all posts

Saturday, April 19, 2014

FAMU parts ways with Clemon Johnson

Yesterday, FAMU Director of Athletics Kellen Winslow announced the release of men's basketball Head Coach Clemon Johnson and his staff.

“We thank Coach Johnson and his staff for their efforts over the past three years to improve our men's basketball program. However, we have decided to seek new leadership of this program in order to achieve our academic and athletic goals,” Winslow said.

FAMU hired Johnson in 2011. In three seasons at FAMU, he compiled a 32-64 record overall and a 19-29 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

According to the Tallahassee Democrat “Johnson said the termination letter didn’t discuss how FAMU will settle the remaining year on his four-year contract. His annual salary was $150,000.”

Thursday, April 10, 2014

NFL Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow named FAMU AD

Monday afternoon, FAMU’s newly selected President, Elmira Mangum, appointed Kellen Winslow, Sr. as the new athletic director. Winslow will replace Michael Smith, who has served as Interim Athletic Director for the past 10 months after the firing of Derek Horne.

Winslow, who is a highly decorated collegiate and professional athlete, graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Counseling Psychology. He later returned to school after his football career to receive his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1993.

During her interview process, Mangum stated that Athletics would be among her top priorities. With that, she also introduced an athletic advisory board who will assist the athletic director in ensuring that decisions have another opportunity for vetting.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Detroit’s Mayhew, Caldwell among dozens of scouts at FAMU’s Pro Day

L-R: Quinn Gray, Martin Mayhew, Earl Holmes, Jim Caldwell and Corey Fuller
More than 20 scouts from the NFL and CFL descended on the campus of FAMU for the 2014 Pro Day. Detroit Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew and Head Coach Jim Caldwell came in person to check out FAMU’s gridiron talent.

At the center of the scouts’ attention were John Ojo, Brandon Denmark, Frances Mays and James Owens.  Along with the pre-workout favorites, Jonathan Pillow, Douglas Almandares, Devan Roberts, Kevin House, Michael Ducre, Michael Ethridge and Lonnie Lockett used the opportunity to make their bid for a chance to play at the next level.

While the scouts were able to conceal the results from the general public, some results were obvious.  Denmark and Ojo both had verticals over 38 inches.  Ojo, who had completely recovered from the shoulder injury that slowed him during last season, performed well all around.  Denmark, was one of the athletes scouts were most interested in seeing.   Commenting that at the end of last season he was unblockable, Head Coach Earl Holmes briefed the scouts on his resume as he completed his impressive showing.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Refurbished track set to open

The 34-year-old Robert "Pete" Griffin Track & Field Complex is set to reopen after undergoing a modest one year renovation.  Tomorrow at 10:30 a.m., FAMU officials will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the track to mark the nearly $1 million resurfacing and upgrade project.

The 34-year-old track's enhanced areas and new features include:
  • New and thicker rubber track surfaces
  • New pole vault and high jump pits
  • New long and triple jump lanes
  • A new shot put landing area

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

FAMU fan wins NCAA Basketball National Weekly Ticket Giveaway

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has announced that FAMU fan Jaqone Bradley is the sixth winner of its Division I Men’s Basketball National Weekly Ticket Giveaway. Bradley was randomly selected to receive four tickets to the 2nd and 3rd Rounds in Orlando, Florida, March 20 and 22.

As a result of the giveaway, Bradley and FAMU both will be featured throughout the 2013-14 NCAA Basketball season on NCAA.com at this link.

“Florida A&M is excited to use this platform to engage directly with our basketball fans to offer them the ultimate college basketball experience,” said Angela Suggs, FAMU assistant athletic director for marketing.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

FAMU to earn $650,000 from Miami matchup

FAMU will take home $650,000 from its football matchup against the University of Miami on September 6, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

Back in 2010, the Rattlers received $600,000 from their contest at the Hurricanes’ Sun Life Stadium.

Last season, FAMU took home the largest financial guarantee payout among Football Championship Subdivision teams that faced Big Ten programs. FAMU earned $900,000 from its September 7, 2014 game against Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

FAMU football schedule has five homes for second consecutive year

The Orange & Green gridiron squad will play in Bragg Memorial Stadium five times during the 2014 season. This is the second consecutive year that FAMU has inked contracts for five home games.

FAMU will flip the quarter for its first home game on September 20 against Coastal Carolina. The remaining home opponents will be Morgan State, Savannah State, Norfolk State (homecoming game), and South Carolina State.

The heavy slate of home contests will give the Rattlers a shot at redemption after chalking up a painful and disappointing 0-5 record at Bragg Memorial last year, which was Earl Holmes’ first full season as head coach.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Lady Rattlers fall to Coppin 3-2 in Volleyball Tournament

The Lady Rattlers' volleyball season came to an unexpected end Saturday with a loss to Coppin 3-2 in the MEAC Championships.

The Lady Rattlers were a perfect 10-0 in the MEAC Southern Division and had great hopes of contending for a championship.
With the loss, that did not happen as Coppin advanced to face to Hampton in the championship game earlier today.

Hampton beat Coppin to capture their first-ever MEAC Volleyball Championship.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Rattlers come up short at SC State

Despite a valiant effort, the FAMU Rattlers came up short in their efforts to be back-to-back homecoming spoilers this afternoon at South Carolina State University. On the Rattlers final drive of the game, the SCSU defense forced a turnover preserve a 25-21 victor over the Rattlers.

With the loss, the Rattlers fell to 3-7 on the season (2-4 MEAC), while S.C. State improved to 7-3 on the season, 5-1 in the MEAC.

This was SC State's 10th win against the Rattlers in the last 11 meetings. 

SC State held the Rattlers to just 50 yards rushing and 107 yards passing and collected five sacks and two turnovers.

FAMU lost starting quarterback Damien Fleming in the first half with an ankle injury after he was 4-7 for 54 yards. He was replaced by Carson Royal, who finished 7-18 for 53 yards, but was sacked three times.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Rattlers looking for another Homecoming victory at SC State

Based In Part on information from the Orangeburg Times and Democrat:

The last time FAMU (3-6, 2-3) visited Oliver C. Dawson Stadium, in Orangeburg, SC, the Rattlers rallied from an 11-point fouther-quarter deficit to defeat the Bulldogs 27-24. Then-freshman quarterback Damien Fleming made his presence known that day by completing 34-40 passes for 297 yards and a touchdown. This afternoon, Coach Earl Holmes is looking for that same kind of effort from his Rattlers to spoil S.C. State's homecoming.

While first-year head coach and former Rattler and NFL linebacker Holmes had aspirations of contending for the conference title, he does see significant progress being made coming off a 16-6 road win at Norfolk State.

“It’s a learning process and we’re going through that and the younger guys are getting experience and the only way they’re going to gain experience is to continue to play each and every week and understand the game-like situations,” said Holmes. “Rome wasn’t built in a day and we understand that. At the same time, we still concentrate on what we’re looking for and we’re starting to get that.”

Holmes called his team’s win over the Spartans their first “60-minute game” of the season in which all three phases – offense, defense and special teams – played at a high level. A similar effort will be sought today at 1:30 p.m. if the Rattlers are to play homecoming spoiler for the second straight week.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

HBCU Gameday: Billy Joe calls mismatch guarantee games “unscrupulous”


Big Ten programs are shelling out a combined total of $4,945,000 to visiting Football Championship Subdivision teams this season. FAMU nabbed the biggest payday with a $900,000 guarantee game against the No. 4 ranked Ohio State University.

But according to a post on the HBCU Gameday blog, former FAMU Head Football Coach Billy Joe says these types of games are “unscrupulous and scandalous.”

Below are a few excerpts from the essay that, according to HBCU Gameday, appeared on Joe’s Facebook page on Monday, September 23:

“I have never been a proponent or advocate of major college division 1A football teams (FBS) competing against division 1AA (FCS) teams. My primary concern is the disparity in physicality that will ultimately cause a catastrophic injury to a Division I AA football player: A player succumbing to paralysis, and even death is an accident waiting to happen! Most major college football players are bigger, stronger, faster and more talented than Division I AA football players. They also have the latest state-of-the-art athletic infra-structure, resources, equipment, and other high-tech weightlifting facilities to get even stronger, faster and bigger than their D-1AA counterpart.”

Monday, September 23, 2013

Hubbard honored during halftime at FAMU-Ohio State game

Ohio State University honored former FAMU Head Football Coach Rudy Hubbard during halftime at the university’s gridiron matchup against the Rattlers on Saturday, September 21.

Hubbard, who coached the Rattlers for 12 seasons, is an Ohio native who was a Buckeye running back from 1964 until 1968. Just after earning his degree, he made history by becoming the first black member of Ohio State’s football coaching staff, working as an assistant coach for six years. Hubbard left the Buckeyes in 1974 to accept the head coaching job at FAMU.

As the top football coach at FAMU, Hubbard followed in the tradition of two other Ohio State alumni who had previously held the same position. They were: William “Big Bill” Bell (1936-1943) and Alonzo Smith “Jake” Gaither (1945-1969).

The Columbus Dispatch highlighted the long history of Ohio State and FAMU football connections with a detailed article available here.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Tigers run past Rattlers 27-7

The Big Blue Tigers of Tennessee State held the Rattlers to just 156 yards of total offense, forcing two turn overs -- with one being returned for a touchdown-- in route to a 27-7 victory at Bragg Stadium this afternoon.  To compound matters, the Rattlers were just 2 of 12 on third down conversions the afternoon.

TSU senior running back Tim Broughton ran 124 yard on 17 carries, compiling nearly as many yards as the Rattler offense. Sophomore Telvin Hooks, for the Tigers, was not far behind, gaining 77 yeards on the ground on 12 attempts.

The Rattlers, now 1-1 on the season, stay at home this week to take on the Samford University Bulldogs of the Southern Conference.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

FAMU Athletics refutes commentator’s claim that cheerleaders “gave up”

On Tuesday, FAMU Athletics Sports Information Director Vaughn Wilson responded to a troubling
remark that an ESPN commentator made during the MEAC/SWAC Challenge football game in Orlando. The analyst told the network’s national audience that the FAMU cheerleaders “gave up,” a claim that Wilson refuted.

Wilson did not state the commentator’s name. But the blog HBCU Gameday reported that Jay Walker, a former college quarterback who played for Howard University, made the accusation.

Here is the text of Wilson’s response:

We have received several communications in relation to the statement made on ESPN, during the broadcast of the MEAC/SWAC Challenge, about the FAMU cheerleaders.  The statement that the FAMU cheerleaders had “given up” during the game has gained traction on social media and blogs.

On behalf of FAMU Athletics, I would like to say that the statement is completely false.  Our cheerleaders never left the playing field, never wavered and certainly never gave up.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tracy Martin to perform coin toss for Rattler football’s first home game

The Trayvon Martin Foundation will take center stage during the first FAMU football home game on Tracy Martin, the co-founder of the organization, will take the field to perform the pregame coin toss.
September 7th.

Martin and his ex-wife, Sybrina Fulton, created after the 2012 shooting death their unarmed 17- year old son, Trayvon. According to its website, “the Foundation’s purpose is to create awareness of how violent crime impacts the families of the victims, and to provide support and advocacy for those families, in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin.”

Head Coach Earl Holmes invited Tracy Martin to speak before his players during their August 11th practice. Holmes later told reporters that Martin will serve as an honorary team campaign through the 2013 season.

“He had some inspiring words and the guys played off of that,” Holmes said in a quote published by the Orlando Sentinel. “And we’re going to keep pushing for him and his foundation. He’ll be an honorary captain for us this year and he’s welcome any time.”

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Bill Proctor’s Rattler Community kickoff Rocks Southside

When the event opened the doors at for Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor’s annual community kickoff, there was already a line winding all the way around the building. More than a thousand Rattler fans poured into the event site at the Leon County Fairgrounds to greet new Head Coach Earl Holmes, his staff, and the 2013 edition of the FAMU football team.

In the absence of the Marching 100, which is scheduled to return on September 1st, the Rickards High School Band stepped in to pump up the crowd.  Led by FAMU graduate, Quincy Griffin, himself a former member of the 100, the RHS band performed traditional Rattler favorites that brought the fans to their feet.

The guest list was a virtual “Who’s Who,” of local officials.  Leon County Commission Chairman Nick Maddox, Proctor, Tallahassee City Commissioner Andrew Gillum, State Rep. Alan Williams (D-Tallahassee) Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce CEO Sue Dick, and former Rep. Curtis Richardson were all there to wish the Rattler fans welcome. FAMU

No one was more excited than Proctor.  “It’s great to see everybody here on the south side of town.  We would like to welcome you all to District 1, as we greet our new coaches and players as they prepare to strike in 2013,” Proctor said.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

FAMU to induct seven into Sports Hall of Fame

The FAMU Sports Hall of Fame will induct seven new members during the 38th Hall of Fame Weekend, Friday and Saturday, September 6-7, 2013.

Five athletes will be enshrined, led by two-time NCAA three-point shooting champion Terrence Woods (2003, 2004), along with all-time softball pitching victories leader Amber Alford (pictured); stellar hurdler and sprinter Keshia King-Shields, along with a pair of gridiron greats, All-America receiver Cainon Lamb and star defensive end Jeff Grady.

Two supporters of athletics will be immortalized as well, retired Florida State trooper, Major Gilbert Brown, and longtime university instructor and athletic events volunteer Lavada Tookes.
The enshrinement ceremonies will take place at the Alfred Lawson Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium on Friday, September 6 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, July 19, 2013

FAMU hires Shouppe to lead baseball program

Karen Shouppe and her husband, new FAMU Head Baseball Coach Jamey Shouppe
At a press conference yesterday, the FAMU Athletics Department introduced Jamey Shouppe as the new head Rattler baseball coach. Shouppe, a pitching specialist who spent 21 years as an assistant coach at Florida State University said his decision to come back to Tallahassee wasn’t just about returning to familiar territory.

“This is not all about coming home.  This is about a Division I opportunity,” he said.

Shouppe is a prized catch for a team coming off back-to-back 44 loss seasons and single digit wins. He told reporters that he feels the benefits are mutual. 

“When you look at Al Washington, Al Davis, Andre Dawson, Hal McRae, Vince Coleman and Marquis Grissom, there needs to be more of that caliber of players coming out of this university,” Shouppe said. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

FAMU’s $900K Ohio State guarantee largest among FCS-Big Ten matchups

Back in 2011, FAMU Athletics reported that the university was negotiating an $850,000 guarantee to play Ohio State at its home stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The finalized game contract, signed by FAMU’s interim president on November 1, 2012, shows that the Rattlers succeeded in netting $50,000 more than the previously announced figure. FAMU’s will earn a total of $900,000 from the September 7, 2013 football matchup.

FOX Sports Wisconsin.com obtained and posted the contracts for all the Football Champion Subdivision-Big Ten contests scheduled for 2013. FAMU’s guarantee will be the largest. Youngstown State will land the second biggest check for its September 14 game against Michigan State.

Big Ten programs will shell out a combined total of $4,945,000 to visiting FCS teams this football season. 

See FOX Sports Winsconsin's full list of FCS-Big Ten guaranteed payouts below.

Friday, July 05, 2013

Rattler women display football pride during training clinic

FAMU First Lady Sharon Robinson, left, poses with Tiffany Holmes, wife of Head Coach Earl Holmes at Football 101
Saturday morning was the first training camp for 60 women who showed up to the inaugural FAMU Football 101 clinic at the Alfred Lawson Center.  Head Coach Earl Holmes and his entire coaching staff put on the clinic as a community outreach venture, as well as a fundraiser for both football and all women’s sports at FAMU.

“I thought the response was great.  Everyone had a great time,” said Assistant Athletic Director Angela Suggs, the clinic’s creator. “With that, we want to continue the energy into the 2013 football season,” Suggs said.

The participants were given a crash course in football terminology, position descriptions, offensive strategies, defensive strategies, rules and some on court drills.  It drew a cross section of women to the event, including FAMU First Lady Sharon Robinson, Holmes’ wife Tiffany Homes and Interim Athletic Director Michael Smith’s wife Loretta.