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

Friday, May 22, 2015

85 FAMU student-athletes make MEAC Commissioner’s All-Academic Team

This week, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced the names of the 1,096  student-athletes who made its 2015 Commissioner’s All-Academic Team. A total of 85 FAMU student-athletes earned a spot on the list.

“I am excited to honor and recognize the 1,096 student-athletes who maintained a 3.0 or better grade point average during the 2014-15 academic year,” said MEAC Commissioner Dennis E. Thomas.  “I would like to congratulate the administrators, athletic academic support staff and personnel, coaches, and parents for their contributions to the academic success of these student-athletes.”

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Clemon Johnson sues FAMU, says university owes “unpaid wages”

Back on January 26, Rattler Nation reported via its Twitter feed that sources said former FAMU men’s Head Basketball Coach Clemon J. Johnson might sue the university. On Monday, May 11 Johnson officially filed a lawsuit against FAMU in the Second Judicial Circuit Court of Florida.

Johnson, a FAMU alumnus and former player in the National Basketball Association, signed a four-year contract with the university back in 2011. He earned $150,000 per year.

FAMU President Elmira Mangum sent Johnson a “notice of non-reappointment and employment separation” on April 18, 2014 shortly after the end of his third year in the position. The former head coach’s team was 10-23 in 2011-2012, 8-23 in 2012-2013, and 14-18 in 2013-2014.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

FAMU celebrates academic and athletic achivements of women’s track and field team

On Monday, FAMU President Elmira Mangum and the FAMU Department of Athletics hosted a celebration rally for the women’s track and field team on the steps of Lee Hall. The team, coached by Darlene Moore, won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships last weekend. The conference also named Moore its “Outstanding Coach” for 2015.

Moore has now won four MEAC championships since coming to FAMU, with three consecutive women’s cross country titles to her credit. For her career, this was her 16th championship overall.  

Friday, April 17, 2015

Nine FAMU tennis players make MEAC All-Academic team

FAMU tennis player Dominique Henry
Nine FAMU student-athletes have made the 2015 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tennis All-Academic team. The All-Academic team honor recognizes student-athletes with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average, including sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as transfer student-athletes, who have been in residence at the institution for at least one year.

A total of 85 tennis players from across the conference achieved this distinction this year.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

FAMU, NCCU baseball teams to play in first-ever HBCU Legacy Weekend Celebration in Boston

FAMU President Elmira Mangum recently the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Area Church League, Inc. to announce the schedule and participants of the first-ever Historically Black Colleges and Universities Legacy Weekend Celebration. The celebration will be held in Boston April 23 – 26.

FAMU along with North Carolina Central University will be the participants in this year’s inaugural celebration. The weekend of events will include a baseball doubleheader featuring the two HBCUs on April 24 at Jim Rice Field in Roxbury, Mass. and a single game on April 25 at the historic Fenway Park in Boston.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

MEAC drops automatic berth to FCS playoffs

(L-R) MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas, SportsCenter Anchor Jay Harris, SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp, ESPN Events General Manager Pete Derzis, and 100 Black Men of Atlanta CEO John Grant
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has officially informed the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) that it no longer wants an automatic invitation to the Big Dance.

On Wednesday, the MEAC announced its decision to forfeit its guaranteed berth to the playoffs in favor of a new postseason Celebration Bowl. The game will pit the MEAC champion versus the champion of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). ESPN Events, the subsidiary of ESPN that owns the MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney, also owns the new Celebration Bowl. The Celebration Bowl will join the MEAC/SWAC Challenge as part of the televised lineup on the ESPN cable network.

The first Celebration Bowl will take place in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on December 19, 2015 season. It will later move into the new stadium that will be built for the Falcons NFL franchise.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Grissom receives MEAC’s United States Marine Corps Excellence in Leadership Award

FAMU alumnus Marquis Grissom received the United States Marine Corps Excellence in Leadership Award recipient during the recent Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Hall of Fame ceremony. The award is presented to a member of the MEAC Hall of Fame Class who has exhibited Marine Corps ideals in their daily lives and careers.

FAMU President Elmira Mangum, Associate Athletic Director Angela Suggs, Interim Athletic Director D'Wayne Robinson, and Grissom’s wife Sharon Grissom all joined him during the award presentation.

Friday, February 06, 2015

FAMU academic advisor garners national awards

A few weeks ago the National Association for Academic Athletic Advisors (N4A) launched the 11th annual Professional Development Institute (PDI).  The Institute’s mission is to create and maintain a learning community that transmits, creates, and preserves the knowledge that defines the profession. As a standout staff member Anthony Williams, athletic academic advisor at FAMU was selected after a very competitive application process in which only 25 applicants were chosen to attend from universities across the nation.

“We are truly proud and excited to have Anthony as a member of our Athletic Academic Support staff.  His focus and commitment to our charge forward are key to our future success”, said Joyce Ellenwood, assistant director for access and athletic academic support services.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Super Bowl champ Tyms represents promise of FAMU Athletics

The 2014-2015 school year has been a rough one for the FAMU Department of Athletics. But on Sunday, there was another reminder of the end result that the department is capable of achieving.

Former Rattler football standout Brian Tyms got his chance to proudly hold the Vince Lombardi Trophy this weekend along with the rest of his teammates on the New England Patriots. Even though Tyms did not see action during the 28-24 win over the defending champion Seattle Seahawks, he still earned his Super Bowl XLIX ring by earning his spot on the roster.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Earl Holmes sues FAMU for $400,000

Earl Holmes, former Rattler head football coach, wants FAMU to pay him for the more than two years that remained on his four-year contract prior to his termination.

Yesterday, Holmes filed a civil lawsuit against the university’s Board of Trustees. He is seeking $400,000 and additional damages.

“It was not an easy decision for him,” said Tim Jansen, Holmes’ attorney. “He’s a Baby Rattler. He was a Rattler. He’s a Hall of Fame Rattler. He’s an NFL player. He came back to coach FAMU at the request of the university, the president, Board of Trustees.”

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Rattlers celebrate the life of the late Nelson E. Townsend

More than 500 mourners filled Lee Hall Auditorium on the campus of FAMU to participate in the home going service of the late Nelson E. Townsend.

With Townsend’s wife and daughter present, FAMU President Elmira Mangum described the former athletic director’s dedication to the university.

“Nelson made an indelible mark and impact on the lives of student athletes, coaches and others who now serve in leadership positions throughout the world of sports,” she said. “As I think about the impact Nelson had on my life, I will always remember his smile, his kind heartedness and how he carried himself with such humility.”

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

E. D’Wayne Robinson appointed FAMU interim athletic director

FAMU President Elmira Mangum has appointed E. D’Wayne Robinson to serve as interim athletic director. Robinson had been serving as assistant athletic director for NCAA compliance since last year.

Robinson’s work experiences includes the following positions: associate director of athletics for external operations and compliance at Clark-Atlanta University (2010 to 2013); associate director of athletics for internal operations and compliance at Alabama State University (2009-10); associate director of athletics for academic support services (2006-2008); athletic academic support counselor – football operations and instructor at Florida State University (2004-06); assistant director of athletics for internal operations at Alcorn (Miss.) State University (2002-04).

A graduate of Tougaloo College in Jackson, Miss., with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, Robinson holds a master of science in Education from Alcorn State (Miss.) University.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Rattler Vision to broadcast 23 live contests in Spring 2015

The FAMU Department of Athletics’ Rattler Vision webcast schedule for the Spring has 23 live contests, including 16 women’s and men’s basketball games and the FAMU Relays. In addition, three baseball and three softball games will be broadcast as delayed broadcasts.

Rattler Vision is a pay-per-view/subscription service run by the athletics department in partnership with both the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication and the School of Business and Industry. Over the last two seasons, it has grown to offer even more live events. 

The prices are $7.95 for a single day, $8.95 for a month, $24.95 for four months, and $59.95 for a full year.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Townsend remembered for warmth, optimism

WCTV-6 caught up with a number of Rattlers who had fond memories to share about Nelson E. Townsend. Townsend, FAMU’s interim athletic director, died yesterday morning at the age of 73.

Keith Miles, who served as the play-by-play announcer for FAMU football for 30 years, said Townsend was an optimist.

“He didn't see the glass half empty,” Miles said. “He saw it half full. And he was trying to do everything that he could through positive approaches to fill the glass.”

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Nelson E. Townsend, FAMU interim AD, passes away

FAMU Interim Athletic Director Nelson E. Townsend died this morning after collapsing on campus and being rushed to the hospital. He was 73.

“The University lost a dear friend, excellent leader, and administrator,” President Elmira Mangum said.

Townsend stepped in to serve as interim AD after the resignation of Kellen Winslow, Sr. late last year. He had previously served as athletic director of FAMU from 2006-2007 and 1985-87.

“We will miss Nelson Townsend. We join his wife and family in mourning this great loss,” Mangum said.

FAMU Athletics releases 2015 Rattler football schedule

FAMU Interim Director of Athletics Nelson E. Townsend released the 2015 Rattler football schedule yesterday afternoon.

Newly hired Head Coach Alex Wood will lead the FAMU gridders through a challenging gauntlet of games that features three non-conference matches and eight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) bouts.

FAMU will open the season with a guarantee game in Tampa against the University of South Florida Bulls at Raymond James Stadium. The university has not announced how much it will receive from the matchup. But FAMU took home $400,000 from its last game against USF in 2011.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Big changes underway for FAMU football coaching staff

Rattler Nation has learned that new Head Coach Alex Wood is shaking up the football program’s staffing ranks. From what this site has been told the changes will include replacing former Interim Head Coach Corey Fuller, who was a semi-finalist for the permanent job, and all but one other assistant coach.

Back on Oct. 28, former Athletic Director Kellen Winslow fired Head Coach Earl Holmes. The remaining eight assistant coaches were given 60-day non-renewal notices on that same day. 

Wood’s predecessor, an NFL veteran, mainly hired former NFL players to serve as his assistant coaches back in 2013. The new head coach did not play professional football but held assistant coaching positions on three NFL teams. He has not publicly hinted about what type of experience he will look for as he builds his own coaching squad.  

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Wood says he’s proud to walk in the footsteps of FAMU greats such as Gaither and Hubbard

At a press conference yesterday afternoon, new FAMU Head Football Coach Alex Wood said he was proud to walk in the footsteps of the 17 men who preceded him.

“I’m extremely honored to have a chance to coach in the shadow of men like Jake Gaither,” he said.

Wood, a native of Massillon, Ohio, also shared his great admiration of former Head Coach Rudy Hubbard, who coached from 1974 to 1985.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

FAMU confirms decision to hire Alex Wood to lead football program

At 7:44 p.m. yesterday, Rattler Nation (via its Twitter feed) broke the news that FAMU was targeting Alex Wood as its top pick for the vacant football head coach position. Today, Interim Athletic Director Nelson Townsend confirmed that Wood had accepted the job.

“I am delighted to join the Rattler family,” said Wood. “After meeting with Interim AD [Nelson Townsend] and President [Elmira Mangum], I am thoroughly convinced that working together with Board of Trustees, students, faculty, alumni, and supporters that I can build a competitive football program that will play a positive role in helping FAMU enhance its brand and achieve its mission of becoming a best-in-class academic institution.”

The university will officially introduce Wood as the new leader of its football program during a press conference scheduled for 3:00 p.m.