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

Sunday, August 17, 2014

FAMU Athletics hires new assistant AD for NCAA compliance

The FAMU Athletics Department has appointed E. D’Wayne Robinson to serve as the new assistant athletic director for NCAA compliance.

Robinson, a highly-seasoned veteran in the field of athletic administration, will oversee the rules compliance operations within the FAMU Athletic Department; coordinate efforts with the department’s Academic Support Services arm to monitor and facilitate student-athlete retention, scholastic success, and graduation.

He will also spearhead the rules education efforts by FAMU Athletics for student-athletes, coaches and staff, as well as for other critical departments within the university.

This will be Robinson’s second tour of duty with FAMU Athletics, as he served as associate director of athletics for academic support services from 2006 to 2008.

Friday, August 15, 2014

FAMU men’s basketball announces new assistant coaches

New FAMU head men’s basketball coach Byron Samuels has formally announced the appointments of Bruce M. Martin (left), Aaron Holmes (center), and Donald L. Anderson (right) to his coaching staff.

Bruce M. Martin, who has served as a head coach both on the collegiate level at Davis & Elkins College in Ohio (2009-13), and in the European League with the Ockelbo (Sweden) Basketball Club (2004-05), comes to FAMU from the University of Wyoming, where he spent the past school year as an academic advisement coordinator for Men’s Basketball and Swimming and Diving.

His resume includes assistant coaching tours at the University of Texas-Pan American (2007-09); at his alma mater, Clemson University (1998-2003); at the University of Wyoming (1997-98); and Francis Marion University (1995-97).

Thursday, August 07, 2014

FAMU Athletics appoints Marc Small new cross country and track & field head coach

The FAMU Athletics Department has appointed Marc Small as the new head men’s cross country and track and field coach. He began his role on July 24.

Small comes to FAMU from Lakeland College in Wisconsin, where he served as the head coach of the men’s and women’s track & field teams for the past two years – his first head coaching stint after seven years as an assistant coach.

Last year (2013-14), Small added the Muskies’ men's and women's cross country teams, to his overall coaching responsibilities.

A native of Akron, Ohio, Small began his coaching career at Lake Superior State (Mich.) University, spending three years as a track & field assistant and strength and conditioning coordinator.

From Lake Superior State he went to Tiffin University, his alma mater, where he helped coach athletes to 70 national qualifying marks, more than 40 all-conference athletes, as well as 17 All-Americans.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Mangum to review suspension of FAMU men's tennis and golf teams

The temporary suspension of the FAMU men’s tennis and men’s golf programs is now under review by President Elmira Mangum.

Athletic Director Kellen Winslow recently suspended the programs due to a $7 million deficit accumulated by the Athletic Department over the past several years and a projected operating deficit for 2014-2015.

Commenting on the decision to temporarily suspend the programs, Mangum said, “I am extremely supportive of and committed to the bold and necessary leadership steps that Athletic Director Winslow is taking to restructure and restore the program.”

Mangum has identified a need to consult with university stakeholders regarding the decision. Discussions with focus groups and supporters will include a review of alternative options geared toward allowing the university to permanently lift the suspension.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

2002: Ken Riley leaves FAMU athletic department with $3M surplus

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.

Roosevelt Wilson, who served as FAMU’s athletic director from 1980 to 1985, called attention to the following facts in an editorial he published in his Capital Outlook newspaper. It also ran in the December 8-December 14, 2004 edition of the Miami Times:  

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Wayne Angel, MEAC X-C’s “Most Outstanding Coach,” reportedly denied a contract renewal

Coach Wayne Angel at the 2013 Bobby Lang Invite
Last year, FAMU’s Wayne Angel received his second consecutive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s (MEAC) “Most Outstanding Coach” award for men’s cross country. Now, a published report says he claims that the university has declined to extend his employment.

According to the Tallahassee Democrat, “Angel said his annual contract was not renewed.”

Angel was awarded the MEAC “Most Outstanding Coach” honor in 2013 and 2012 when his teams won the conference title during both of those years.

Since joining FAMU in 2010, Angel has also coached the men’s track team.  

This year, the Rattler men finished fourth in the MEAC Indoor Championship and tied for fifth at the MEAC Outdoor Championship.

For the 2013 season, men’s track placed fifth at the MEAC Indoor Championship and seventh in the MEAC Outdoor Championship.

Friday, June 27, 2014

FAMU suspends men’s tennis and men’s golf teams

The FAMU Department of Athletics announced Wednesday afternoon that it will suspend the men’s tennis and men’s golf programs as part of the institution’s ongoing efforts to address the operational deficit in athletics, as well as Title IX disparities.

“Clearly we would rather not have taken such action,” said FAMU Athletics Director Kellen Winslow. “However, our current fiscal situation makes it imperative for us to move in this direction. As we continue to support our student-athletes with scholarships in pursuit of their academic goals, we will continue to seek ways to return them to athletic competition.”

All scholarship commitments to current student-athletes will be honored for the 2014-15 school year.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Winslow on FAMU athletics: “It can't be fixed. Tear it down, start over”

Kellen Winslow, FAMU’s new athletic director, pulled no punches when he was asked to address the state of the university’s sports programs earlier this week.

“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.”

Winslow made the comments at the weekly luncheon of the 220 Quarterback Club, a support organization for the Rattler football team.

Back in May, the Tallahassee Democrat reported that FAMU athletics expects to finish with about a $1.4M deficit at the end of this fiscal year (June 30).

Sunday, June 15, 2014

FAMU football recognized for improved APR

The FAMU football team has received special recognition for their improvement in the classroom for the 2012-2013 season from the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA).

The award was presented to FAMU Athletic Director Kellen Winslow at the annual NACDA meeting, held recently in Orlando, Fla. The Rattlers were recognized in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) for showing the greatest improvement in Academic Progress Rate (APR) for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

"Our association is pleased to present these awards to spotlight one true mission of all FCS programs – embracing the academic progress of their student-athletes, who will become leaders off the field. We are happy to continue to recognize the FCS institutions and their football programs for continuing to reach exemplary APR scores," said FCS ADA President Brian Hutchinson.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Winslow taps Byron Samuels as FAMU head basketball coach

Yesterday, FAMU Athletic Director Kellen Winslow named collegiate coaching veteran Byron Samuels its new men’s head basketball coach. Samuels compiled a 75-123 won/loss record during his 7 years as a head coach.

Samuels comes to FAMU from the University of Georgia, where he served as the basketball operations coordinator since June of 2013.

While at Georgia, Samuels was responsible for oversight of the players' day-to-day schedules and their academic performance, assisting with the program's on-campus recruiting efforts, summer camps and community outreach.

A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Samuels has built an extensive coaching resume spanning 11 schools in 26 years. His career experiences include three head coaching posts, two at four-year schools, and one in the junior college ranks.

Monday, June 02, 2014

Blackburn: NCAA penalizing FAMU with unfair standards that fail to consider financial resource gap

A recent op-ed by Tallahassee Democrat senior writer Doug Blackburn explains why it’s unfair for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to penalize colleges such as FAMU, which have relatively small athletic budgets, for not meeting the same Academic Progress Rate as schools that have much more money to spend.

From the op-ed “Tone deaf NCAA deals FAMU a low blow”:

Florida A&M University's two prime-time sports programs suffered a low blow a couple of weeks back when the NCAA ruled that the Rattlers' football and men's basketball teams will be banned from post-season competition during 2014-2015.

Student-athletes on those teams did not satisfy the APR (Academic Progress Rate) standards the NCAA instituted 10 years ago.

Shame on the NCAA for being tone deaf in a surround-sound world.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

FAMU Athletics partners with SBI to create new internship program

Morgan Culler (pictured in the center), has become the first student to complete a credited  
internship with the university’s Department of Athletics thanks to a new program collaborative effort led by SBI Dean Shawnta Friday-Stroud and Sports Information Director Vaughn Wilson.

“When you look at the goal of our internship program, it is to provide our students with real world work experience.  Many of our students have an interest in the business side of athletics, so it’s one of those things where we began wondering what took this so long to come to fruition.  Clearly the time was right.  The people were right and the students were ready.  We were able to put it in place because of the knowledge Mr. Wilson had of our program and what would be expected of a position tailored for one of our students,” Friday-Stroud said.

Culler, a student enrolled in both the FAMU School of Journalism and Graphic Communication (SJGC) and the School of Business and Industry (SBI), was originally unaware that she was the first to hold what is becoming a sought-after internship opportunity.

Monday, May 19, 2014

FAMU among HBCUs penalized for NCAA APR difficulties

FAMU has received notice from the NCAA’s Committee on Academic Performance (CAP) that the Kellen Winslow, Sr. announced.
football and men’s basketball teams will not be permitted to participate in 2014-15 postseason tournaments after falling below NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) standards, and appeals of the postseason ban were denied, Director of Athletics

Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across the nation were hit hard by APR problems. Alabama State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Prairie View A&M University, Savannah State University, and the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff were also banned from the football postseason.  Alabama State is also ineligible for the men’s basketball postseason.  

“We take responsibility for our failure to meet academic performance standards set by the NCAA,” said Winslow. “I am confident that the processes and procedures that we have put in place, along with the adoption of best practices, will address this issue. We look forward to overcoming this challenge and returning to post season competition as quickly as possible.”

FAMU’s sanctions are a result of the multiyear APR calculations – a four-year measurement covering the academic years 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

FAMU parts ways with Clemon Johnson

Yesterday, FAMU Director of Athletics Kellen Winslow announced the release of men's basketball Head Coach Clemon Johnson and his staff.

“We thank Coach Johnson and his staff for their efforts over the past three years to improve our men's basketball program. However, we have decided to seek new leadership of this program in order to achieve our academic and athletic goals,” Winslow said.

FAMU hired Johnson in 2011. In three seasons at FAMU, he compiled a 32-64 record overall and a 19-29 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

According to the Tallahassee Democrat “Johnson said the termination letter didn’t discuss how FAMU will settle the remaining year on his four-year contract. His annual salary was $150,000.”

Thursday, April 10, 2014

NFL Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow named FAMU AD

Monday afternoon, FAMU’s newly selected President, Elmira Mangum, appointed Kellen Winslow, Sr. as the new athletic director. Winslow will replace Michael Smith, who has served as Interim Athletic Director for the past 10 months after the firing of Derek Horne.

Winslow, who is a highly decorated collegiate and professional athlete, graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Counseling Psychology. He later returned to school after his football career to receive his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1993.

During her interview process, Mangum stated that Athletics would be among her top priorities. With that, she also introduced an athletic advisory board who will assist the athletic director in ensuring that decisions have another opportunity for vetting.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Detroit’s Mayhew, Caldwell among dozens of scouts at FAMU’s Pro Day

L-R: Quinn Gray, Martin Mayhew, Earl Holmes, Jim Caldwell and Corey Fuller
More than 20 scouts from the NFL and CFL descended on the campus of FAMU for the 2014 Pro Day. Detroit Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew and Head Coach Jim Caldwell came in person to check out FAMU’s gridiron talent.

At the center of the scouts’ attention were John Ojo, Brandon Denmark, Frances Mays and James Owens.  Along with the pre-workout favorites, Jonathan Pillow, Douglas Almandares, Devan Roberts, Kevin House, Michael Ducre, Michael Ethridge and Lonnie Lockett used the opportunity to make their bid for a chance to play at the next level.

While the scouts were able to conceal the results from the general public, some results were obvious.  Denmark and Ojo both had verticals over 38 inches.  Ojo, who had completely recovered from the shoulder injury that slowed him during last season, performed well all around.  Denmark, was one of the athletes scouts were most interested in seeing.   Commenting that at the end of last season he was unblockable, Head Coach Earl Holmes briefed the scouts on his resume as he completed his impressive showing.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Refurbished track set to open

The 34-year-old Robert "Pete" Griffin Track & Field Complex is set to reopen after undergoing a modest one year renovation.  Tomorrow at 10:30 a.m., FAMU officials will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the track to mark the nearly $1 million resurfacing and upgrade project.

The 34-year-old track's enhanced areas and new features include:
  • New and thicker rubber track surfaces
  • New pole vault and high jump pits
  • New long and triple jump lanes
  • A new shot put landing area

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

FAMU fan wins NCAA Basketball National Weekly Ticket Giveaway

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has announced that FAMU fan Jaqone Bradley is the sixth winner of its Division I Men’s Basketball National Weekly Ticket Giveaway. Bradley was randomly selected to receive four tickets to the 2nd and 3rd Rounds in Orlando, Florida, March 20 and 22.

As a result of the giveaway, Bradley and FAMU both will be featured throughout the 2013-14 NCAA Basketball season on NCAA.com at this link.

“Florida A&M is excited to use this platform to engage directly with our basketball fans to offer them the ultimate college basketball experience,” said Angela Suggs, FAMU assistant athletic director for marketing.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

FAMU to earn $650,000 from Miami matchup

FAMU will take home $650,000 from its football matchup against the University of Miami on September 6, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

Back in 2010, the Rattlers received $600,000 from their contest at the Hurricanes’ Sun Life Stadium.

Last season, FAMU took home the largest financial guarantee payout among Football Championship Subdivision teams that faced Big Ten programs. FAMU earned $900,000 from its September 7, 2014 game against Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

FAMU football schedule has five homes for second consecutive year

The Orange & Green gridiron squad will play in Bragg Memorial Stadium five times during the 2014 season. This is the second consecutive year that FAMU has inked contracts for five home games.

FAMU will flip the quarter for its first home game on September 20 against Coastal Carolina. The remaining home opponents will be Morgan State, Savannah State, Norfolk State (homecoming game), and South Carolina State.

The heavy slate of home contests will give the Rattlers a shot at redemption after chalking up a painful and disappointing 0-5 record at Bragg Memorial last year, which was Earl Holmes’ first full season as head coach.