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

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.”

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.