The grants help schools improve the academic success of their student-athletes. The goal is to support the school’s efforts to meet the requirements of the Division I Academic Performance Program, which was developed to ensure schools provide an environment that supports education while enhancing the ability of student-athletes to earn a degree.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Vice-President for Audit and Compliance Richard Givens said his office started the investigation after the Governor’s Inspector General forwarded an anonymous complaint it had received “that alleged Mr. Winslow was compensated for unearned leave while being on vacation after his April 2014 appointment as FAMU’s athletic director.”
The conclusion of Givens’ report stated that “the allegation is substantiated.”
Monday, June 22, 2015
FAMU President Elmira Mangum has named Milton Overton as the new director of intercollegiate athletics.
Overton comes to FAMU after six years at the University of Alabama, where he served on the athletics executive team as the senior associate athletics director, and seven years at Texas A&M University, where he also served on the athletics executive team, and as an associate athletics director overseeing six sports teams and information technology. As a member of the athletics executive teams, he was a part of both institutions’ strategic planning efforts.
Mangum launched a national search to fill the position after the resignation of Kellen Winslow and death of Nelson Townsend. The director of the intercollegiate athletics oversees 16 intercollegiate programs, and the University’s corrective action plan to improve academic progress for five teams that are currently on academic probation.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
The candidates who made the short list are Milton Overton Jr., Eric C. McCurdy, and M. Dianne Murphy.
Interim AD D’Wayne Robinson applied for the permanent job but was not chosen as one of the final three.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
FAMU Head Football Coach Alex Wood took his football/skills camp on the road over the weekend making stops in Orlando (Windermere Prep), Tampa (Boca Ciega HS), and Palm Beach County (Palm Beach Central HS) (today). The Orlando camp attracted over 300 athletes who were taught rules, skills, and techniques to enhance their abilities and enjoyment of the game by Coach Wood and his staff.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
At a meeting of the Board of Trustees’ Special Committee on Athletics yesterday, university officials reported that financial records from May 31 show that the department’s expenditures for this fiscal year were $2,076,734 more than its income. FAMU Athletics paid for $9,352,419 in expenses but brought in just $7,275,685 in revenue.
The department projects that it will end the fiscal year on June 30, 2015 with a deficit of $500,000-$750,000.
That is bad news for an athletic department that has a cumulative deficit of more than $7 million.
Sunday, June 07, 2015
|Wally Williams as a member of the New Orleans Saints|
The 40th Sports Hall of Fame Class features former All-American gridders Wally Williams, a stellar offensive lineman, who played 10 seasons in the NFL; scintillating sprinter and return specialist Howard Huckaby, record-setting punter Vaughn Wilson, along with basketball scoring ace John Andrews and track and field All-America Kenneth Thompson.
Two persons supporters of the FAMU Department of Athletics will also be honored. They are longtime athletic trainer Akima Abrakata Dina and former FAMU and NFL cheerleader Latricia Allen, who will be inducted posthumously.
Friday, June 05, 2015
Suggs and dozens of other stipend recipients from across the nation will attend the 2015 NACMA Convention which will take place from June 15-18 at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
“The goal of the Academic Performance Program is to encourage teams to improve academically, not punish those who underperform. We will work with HBCUs and limited-resource schools to make sure their college athletes have every opportunity to succeed academically,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said. “Members will explore a variety of options to help support the schools and students who need additional assistance.”
Friday, May 22, 2015
“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
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
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
|FAMU tennis player Dominique Henry|
A total of 85 tennis players from across the conference achieved this distinction this year.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
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.
Friday, April 03, 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015
|(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|
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
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
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
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
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.”