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

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.

FAMU head football coach search appears to be focused on Alex Wood

Rattler Nation has learned that the search for the new FAMU head football could wrap up as early as today.

From what Rattler Nation has been told, the search appears to be focused on Alex Wood, interim head coach for the University of Buffalo. Wood, who has served as the team’s offensive coordinator for four seasons, was tapped to fill in at the top position in October after the firing of former Head Coach Jeff Quinn.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

FCS Senior Bowl appearance will cap strong senior year for Terry Johnson

FAMU senior cornerback Devonte “Terry” Johnson had a stellar career for the Rattlers, starting for four seasons on the field. Off the field, he was even more exceptional as he graduated on Friday, in just three-and-one-half years. The former Rickard High School Raider was a product of the Rudy Hubbard era as the Raiders’ head football coach.

Johnson led the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in interceptions during his final season with five total, returning them for 79 yards. On the field, he has been a big playmaker, including his signature 63-yard punt return for a touchdown against Savannah State in 2013. In 2014, Johnson took on the task of guarding the opponents’ top receiver in each game.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mangum in no rush to start search for permanent AD

FAMU President Elmira Mangum is not in a rush to start the search for a permanent athletic director. She wants her interim AD, Nelson Townsend, to restore stability to the program.

“We will start the search for a new athletic director soon,” Mangum said in a quote published by The FAMUan. “But I don’t know when.”

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Search shakeup! Scott heads to Norfolk State, Simmons takes job at Prairie View

The FAMU head football coach search process took a big blow today as two of the eight semi-finalists opted to take offers from other programs.

This morning, Norfolk State introduced Latrell Scott as its new head coach. Scott, who currently leads the Virginia State football program, was the only remaining FAMU candidate who was a sitting head coach.

Fuller says he did not make finalist stage, Simmons might be on his way to Prairie View

Late last week, the advisory committee for FAMU’s head football coach search announced eight semi-finalist candidates for the job. One, Corey Fuller, now says he was not selected as a finalist. Another, Willie Simmons, might be on his way to a head coaching position at another university.

On Monday, Fuller, who is currently FAMU’s interim head football coach, send out a Twitter message stating that he was no longer under consideration for the permanent job.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Winslow resigns, Townsend steps in as interim athletic director

At 6:12 a.m. today, Rattler Nation broke the news (via its Twitter feed) that FAMU Athletic Director Kellen Winslow, Sr. had tendered his resignation and that former AD Nelson E. Townsend was slated to step in as an interim replacement.  Townsend is 73 years-old.

President Elmira Mangum later confirmed Winslow’s resignation to a group of press representatives who approached her on the campus after a morning meeting of the Department of Athletics. 

21 FAMU student-athletes cross stage at fall commencement

FAMU President Elmira Mangum congratulates softball grad Christina Robbs
In front of a packed house of 9,000 at the Alfred Lawson Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium, FAMU welcomed just over 700 new members to its proud roster of more than 70,000 graduates since 1887. The new FAMU alumni included 21 student-athletes.

Diana Gonzales and Bennie Robinson were two examples of the graduating student-athletes who performed well in both their sports competitions and in the classroom.

Friday, December 12, 2014

FAMU narrows head football coach candidate list to eight

The advisory committee for FAMU’s head football coach search has announced eight candidates that it will interview next week. By December 17, the panel plans to forward the names of three finalists to President Elmira Mangum.

According to the Tallahassee Democrat: “The eight candidates are: Charlie Weatherbie, former head coach at Louisiana-Monroe; Joker Phillips, former head coach at Kentucky; Willie Simmons, offensive coordinator at Alcorn State; Corey Fuller, interim head coach at Florida A&M; Latrell Scott, current head coach at Virginia State; Ester Junior III, a member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame; Mark Orlando, offensive coordinator at Prairie View A&M; and Tony Samuel, former head coach at Southeast Missouri State.”

Between 50 to 60 applicants sought the head coaching position.