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

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Rock bottom: Mangum, Winslow football shakeup leaves Rattlers tied for worst in MEAC

Florida A&M finished its 2015 football season in a four-way tie for worst in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Two of the loudest defenders of Holmes’ firing shouldn’t have been hired at FAMU themselves

Kellen Winslow, Sr. and John Michael Lee were two of the loudest defenders of the decision to terminate former Rattler Head Football Coach Earl Holmes back in 2014. But Winslow and Lee were both poor selections for employment at FAMU themselves.

Back in 2012, Central State University President John Garland fired Winslow from the position of athletic director. Winslow responded by making a number of apparently bitter comments in the media.

The Springfield News-Sun reported on the back-and-forth between Winslow and the Central State president:

Monday, November 23, 2015

Holmes’ firing handled almost as incompetently as Joe’s termination

One big problem behind the decline of the Florida A&M football program over the past ten years has been the willingness of some so-called Rattlers to defend administrative mistreatment of the coaching staff. Too many people who tell the world that they “bleed Orange & Green” have had such a personal dislike of certain football coaches that they didn’t even care about treating those employees with fairness.

The unprofessional termination process used against Earl Holmes in 2015, which a number of “Rattlers” still claim isn’t a big deal, was almost as much of a national embarrassment as the incompetent firing of Billy Joe in 2005.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

FAMU athletic director announces sanctions for NCAA violations

Earlier this week, FAMU Athletic Director Milton Overton announced self-imposed penalties and other sanctions due to the identification of violations of secondary NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) rules during previous academic years.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Proctor asks FAMU trustees to pay out Holmes and Johnson’s contracts

Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor, a graduate of FAMU High School and current political science instructor at FAMU, is asking the FAMU Board of Trustees to pay out the contracts of two recently fired coaches.

Yesterday, Proctor released a letter that urged the trustees to reach a fair financial settlement with former Coaches Earl Holmes and Clemon Johnson, who are FAMU alumni. Former Athletic Director Kellen Winslow terminated both of their contracts in 2014.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

FAMU football team starts 0-5 for second consecutive season

The FAMU football season has begun its season with a 0-5 record for the second consecutive year.

Back on October 28 of last year, then-Athletic Director Kellen Winslow confirmed that Rattler Head Football Coach Earl Holmes had been fired.

Over his nearly two seasons as head coach, Holmes amassed a record of six wins and 16 losses. Holmes’ firing came at a time when the team was showing steady improvement, having won two out of its last three contests and with the Homecoming game just four days away.

Winslow’s disrespectful treatment of Holmes and his decision to continue to make insulting comments about the university and its supporters finally led many FAMUans to lose patience with him. Hundreds of FAMU students and alumni booed Winslow at the Homecoming Convocation.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Glover pays to bring “Battle of the Bands” to FAMU despite Mangum’s refusal to do the same for TSU

A total of 18,202 people filled Bragg Memorial Stadium for last weekend’s home opener game. That was a great start to the football season considering the average home game numbers from the past three years. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, the average home game attendance for the Rattlers was 14,261 in 2012, 11,169 in 2013, and 11,172 in 2014.

The 0-3 record of the Rattler football didn’t help bring those fans to the campus. But the return of the “Battle of the Bands” between FAMU and Tennessee State University (TSU) did.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

15 FAMU student-athletes cross stage during summer commencement

Terrence Woods receives his B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies
Last weekend, 15 FAMU student-athletes crossed the stage of the Alfred Lawson Teaching Gymnasium and Multipurpose Center to receive their degrees.

One of the graduates was quarterback Damien Fleming, who is second all-time in passing yards for FAMU.  Fleming completed his degree in four years while starting on the field for four season.

Kicker Chase Varnadore, also of the Rattler football team, earned his master’s degree in political science.  Varnadore was an All-American, who also holds the FAMU record for the longest field goal (53 yards).

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Oliver tells Rattler graduates that “FAMU is here for you”

Pam Oliver, sideline reporter for FOX NFL Sport and 60 Minutes Sports contributor, delivered the 2015 Summer Commencement address yesterday to a near capacity crowd at the Alfred Lawson Teaching Gymnasium and Multipurpose Center.

“Today is not the end of your relationship with FAMU, but just the beginning. FAMU is here for you. When you are at your height or when you face difficulties, know that you have a Rattler nation that will always support you,” Oliver told the graduates.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Overton holds first meeting as FAMU athletic director

In the study hall room in the FAMU Athletics learning center, FAMU Athletic Director Milton Overton Jr. appeared for the first time, in front of the full athletics staff.  He opened with a presentation on his expectations and his vision for FAMU Athletics.

“I know most of you feel like I just showed up.  Some feel the numbers don’t match and I shouldn’t be here.  I’m here to tell you that in my heart, FAMU is exactly where I am supposed to be,” Overton said.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

FAMU Athletics receives $675,000 grant from NCAA

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has awarded the FAMU Department of Athletics a multi-year Accelerating Academic Success Program Comprehensive Grant worth $675,000.

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.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

FAMU investigation report says Winslow received compensation for unearned leave

A June 4 investigation report written by the FAMU Division of Audit and Compliance concluded that former FAMU Athletic Director Kellen Winslow received compensation for unearned leave.

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

Milton Overton named new FAMU AD

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

FAMU AD search down to final three candidates

FAMU President Elmira Mangum announced yesterday that she had narrowed the search for a new athletic director to three candidates. Mangum launched a national search to fill the position after the resignation of Kellen Winslow in November 2014.

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

Coach Wood takes football camp on the road

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

FAMU Athletics going deeper into the red

The deficit in the FAMU Department of Athletics is continuing to get worse.

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

FAMU to induct seven honorees into 2015 Sports Hall of Fame Class

Wally Williams as a member of the New Orleans Saints
The FAMU Sports Hall of Fame will enshrine five athletes and two supporters of the program during the 40th Sports Hall of Fame Weekend, Friday and Saturday, September 25-26, 2015.

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

NACMA awards Mike Cleary Stipend to FAMU associate AD

The National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) has named FAMU Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs Angela Suggs as one of the recipients its 2015 Mike Cleary Convention Stipend.

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

5 FAMU sports teams ineligible for postseason play in 2015-2016 due to APR rates

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced that five FAMU sports teams did not meet the minimum Academic Progress Rate (APR) this year, which makes them ineligible for postseason play in 2015-2016. Those teams are football, men’s basketball, men’s indoor track and field, men’s outdoor track and field, and men’s cross country.

“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

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.”