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.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
“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
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.
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
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.
|FAMU President Elmira Mangum congratulates softball grad
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
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.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
From: “FAMU’s problems loom over Florida Classic”:
FAMU undoubtedly needs rebranding and fresh thinking, but few schools are as steeped in as much tradition. Rudy Hubbard coached the Rattlers to an unbeaten football season in 1977 and the Division I-AA championship in 1978.
I covered the program 10 years later, and Hubbard would joke that he still couldn't win over the old guard, which lamented that he didn't run the program up to former football coach Jake Gaither's standards.
Gaither, Bob Hayes, Althea Gibson and Willie Galimore sprang from the golden sports era of pre-integration at FAMU. The school is rightly proud of its heritage, but the nostalgia Hubbard battled is still a prickly issue.
The old guard has to be approached with tact and deference. [Athletics Director Kellen Winslow] came into FAMU swinging a sledgehammer.
"It's broken. It can't be fixed," he said of the athletic department. "Tear it down, start over and build it the right way."
Winslow had a hard task to begin with. Infuriating the FAMU establishment might have made it impossible.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Back on Friday, Nov. 7, the trustees Athletics Oversight Committee voted to recommend that the full Board of Trustees pass a policy requiring two trustees to be appointed to the advisory committee. The motion did not state any intention to restrict the two trustees from being voting members. According to WCTV-6, Mangum told the committee that she thought that proposal was inappropriate.
But during the Monday conference call for the full board, Athletics Oversight Committee Chairman Kelvin Lawson said that Mangum had agreed to give the trustees nonvoting representation on the committee after consulting with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) President Belle Wheelan.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Kelvin Lawson, chairman of the Athletics Oversight that gave Winslow a 3-0 “no confidence” vote on Nov. 7, introduced the motion. Torey Alston, another member of the committee, seconded it.
Lawson, Alston, Student Body President Tonnette Graham (another member of the Athletics Oversight Committee), Board Chairman Chuck Badger, Vice-Chairman Rufus Montgomery, and Spurgeon McWilliams all voted in favor of the motion. The “no” votes came from Belinda Shannon, Faculty Senate President Bettye Grable, and Lucas Boyce.
Kimberly Moore, Marjorie Turnbull, Cleve Warren, and Karl White did not take part in the conference call. Moore previously stated that she disagreed with the Athletics Oversight Committee’s decision to hold a “no confidence” vote.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
The changes include:
- Prominent button links to provide direct access to popular content
- Direct access to register for updates via e-mail
- Social Media integration to track tweets, Facebook and Instagram posts
- Easier access to buy tickets, donate, and shop for Rattler gear
- Better layout and access to links and multimedia across the website to allow more engagement for website visitors
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Back on Friday, Nov. 7, the newly formed trustees Athletics Oversight Committee took the unusual step of approving a motion declaring that it had “no confidence” in Winslow’s ability to perform his duties. The full board will consider the “no confidence” vote and other concerns about the department on Monday.
Winslow angered many FAMU alumni months ago when he described the athletics department with statement: “It can’t be fixed. Tear it down, start over build it the right way.”
“When you say a program needs to be torn down and rebuilt, I think it’s clear that you don’t have an appreciation for the history,” committee Chairman Kelvin Lawson told WFSU.
The AD’s apology statement referenced FAMU’s winning history in sports, but did not specifically retract the claim that suggested the department was not built “the right way.”
Monday, November 10, 2014
FAMU, which publicly announced the members of its head football coach search advisory committee on Nov. 4, has set an application deadline of Nov. 17 for candidates interested in the position.
“The primary thought I have that I share with the committee and the university is you have to have a father figure,” said advisory committee chairman John Wooten said in a quote published by the Orangeburg Times and Democrat. “And an excellent teacher of the skills of football itself. That is one of the primary things a coach has to have. Also, the ability to motivate. We’re talking about people that can recruit and can show the parents exactly what these young kids can get out of Florida A&M.”
The job description states that “preference will be given to applicants with a Master’s Degree and at least 3 years of college head coaching experience.”
Saturday, November 08, 2014
|Trustee Kelvin Lawson|
“I think it’s a systemic issue in how Mr. Winslow has engaged or not engaged alumni and supporters. I think he has shown a blatant disrespect for the FAMU tradition,” Lawson said in an interview with the Tallahassee Democrat. “I think it’s behavior the board can no longer condone.”
It is somewhat bizarre for a university board of trustees committee to make such a move. “No confidence” votes in university officials usually come from faculty senates.
Thursday, November 06, 2014
FAMU has announced the appointment of an advisory committee that will assist with hiring a new head football coach.
The nine-member committee will be chaired by John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance (FPA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to equal opportunity in the hiring of coaches, front office executives, and scouting staff throughout the National Football League (NFL). Wooten, a former NFL player, provided guidance in developing the FPA’s vision and has helped it become the leading advocate for racial equality in the NFL.
Wooten played for the Cleveland Browns from 1959 to 1967 and the Washington Redskins from 1967 to 1968. He created player development programs for the NFL in 1991. Wooten also served as vice president for player personnel for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1992 and assistant director of professional and college scouting for the Baltimore Ravens until his retirement in 2002.
Friday, October 31, 2014
When Winslow took the podium to introduce the FAMU football team (something that is normally done by the head coach), hundreds of students in the audience started booing him. The AD tried to laugh off the angry reactions at first.
“A little louder,” he said with a big smile.
That did not amuse the upset students, who took him up on his sarcastic request and began to boo at an even higher volume.
“Have your tickets and bring that energy to the game tomorrow,” Winslow said.
Winslow then tried to go forward with the team introduction, but the boos drowned out his voice. He stopped and stood quietly for several minutes as the boos went on. By that time, the smile was gone.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
“It’s broken,” Winslow said of the FAMU athletics department. “It can’t be fixed. Tear it down, start over build it the right way.”
The statement showed that Winslow had not taken the time to find out what really happed to the athletics division.
Twelve years ago, FAMU had one of the best financially-managed athletic departments among all the nation’s historically black colleges and universities. Ken Riley, who started serving as FAMU’s athletic director in 1994, left the department with an estimated surplus of more than $3M when he stepped down in 2002.
|Corey Fuller and Quinn Gray talking with a Denver Broncos
scout during FAMU Pro Day|
Interim Head Coach Corey Fuller said he still plans to work hard throughout the rest of the season.
“It’s not the best situation to be the interim coach in,” Fuller said in an interview with WCTV-6. “You basically know that you're fired and that's just reality. But I’m going to work like I'm not fired because that's me, I’m a worker.”
According to the Tallahassee Democrat, “Jimmy Miller, vice president for communication and external affairs at FAMU, said the university had to make a change in order to have a new head coach in place in time to make inroads in recruiting before the February 2015 signing day.”
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Over nearly two seasons as head coach, Holmes had amassed a record of six wins against 16 losses.
Holmes' firing comes at an odd time with the Rattlers showing steady improvement, winning two out of their last three games, and with homecoming just four days away.
The Rattlers, seventh place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), have just four games remaining on the season. With two conference losses, the team is an extreme long shot in the race for the conference championship. FAMU is also ineligible for post season play due to National Collegiate Athletic Association Academic Progress Rate sanctions.
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Holmes has relieved Quinn Gray of his offensive coordinator duties. Gray will remain on the staff as the quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator. Receivers Coach Ernie Mills, who took on special teams coaching responsibilities after Juan Vasquez resigned from that job, will now take charge of the play-calling role.
“It’s not saying that Coach Gray was the problem,” Holmes said in a quote published by the Tallahassee Democrat. “That’s not what I’m saying at all, but what I'm saying is we need to bring a spark to the team, especially the offense…Coach Gray did an outstanding job for us but at the same time we've got to find a way to put some points on the board. I thought it was about change and we are going to move forward.”