“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.”
Friday, May 22, 2015
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.”
Sunday, January 18, 2015
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
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 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
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
“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 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
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
“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
“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.