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

Sunday, March 19, 2017

FAMU to conduct national search for new men’s basketball coach

Florida A&M University will launch a national search for a new men’s basketball coach following its decision to not renew Head Coach Byron Samuels’ contract.

Athletic Director Milton Overton, Jr. released a statement about change on Friday.

“After review and evaluation of the Florida A&M University men’s basketball program, FAMU Athletics has decided to take its program in a different direction,” Overton said.
Restructuring our program with a continued emphasis on academic achievement and competitive success will be key components in moving FAMU basketball forward.”

Overton added that: “We would like to thank Coach Byron Samuels for his contributions to our men's basketball program and student-athletes over the past three seasons. Assistant Coach Lamont Franklin will lead our program as the interim head coach while a national search is conducted for a replacement. Our focus continues to center around ‘Building Champions in the classroom, on the field and in life - with academic honesty and integrity.’”

Samuels headed the men’s basketball program for three years. His FAMU teams had a 17-71 record.   

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

FAMU football legend Bob Hayes honored at Super Bowl LI

FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson and Bob Hayes' sisters Lucille Hester and Georgette Sanders
Just minutes before Super Bowl LI kicked off in Houston, Texas, fans cheered during an emotional pregame, on-field tribute to 29 NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame players, including Florida A&M University (FAMU) legend Robert “Bullet Bob” Hayes. The late two-sport Rattler is the only athlete to win a Super Bowl ring and Olympic gold medals.

At the invitation of the NFL, FAMU’s Interim President Larry Robinson and Hayes’ family members attended the game and a weekend of special events dedicated to trailblazers who attended historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Hayes died in 2002 at the age of 59. He was enshrined posthumously into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in July 2009.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

FAMU legend Bob Hayes to be honored by NFL at Super Bowl LI

Robert “Bullet Bob” Hayes, undoubtedly the greatest male student-athlete produced by the legendary athletic program at Florida A&M University (FAMU), will be among the 29 historically Black college and university (HBCU) gridiron greats honored in February by the National Football League (NFL) during the Super Bowl LI festivities in Houston, Texas.

In December 2016, the NFL joined the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) at the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia to kick off an enhanced partnership initiative titled, “Strength of HBCUs: Impacting Pro Football Since 1948.”  The goal of the partnership is to honor the history and impact of HBCUs and their players and increase career opportunities for students and athletic administrators at these institutions.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Overton says $622K price tag for repairs won’t jeopardize 2017 home games in Bragg

Back in December, Florida A&M University announced that it needs hundreds of thousands of dollars for critical repairs to Bragg Memorial Stadium.

According to Tallahassee Democrat reporter Jordan Culver, FAMU Chief Financial Officer Angela Poole explained that if FAMU doesn’t obtain the full $622,000 required for the mandatory repairs, then some sections of the football stadium will have to be closed.

Last week, Athletic Director Milton Overton sent a statement to WTXL reassuring the public that Bragg will be open for the 2017.

Monday, January 09, 2017

FAMU needs $5.4M for critical Bragg Stadium repairs over next 5 years

Bragg Memorial Stadium, home of Rattler football, needs $5,459,500 over the next five years for critical repairs.

On Friday, Interim Chief Financial Officer Wanda Ford and Athletic Director Milton Overton will present an “Athletics Budget Discussion” to the FAMU Board of Trustees Budget, Finance, and Facilities Committee.

The report lists five “phases” that need to be completed over the next five years. They are: (1) $622,000 for “structural repairs & internal stair replacement,” (2) $1,937,500 to “sand blast & repainting of steel frame, (3) $500,000 to “sand blast and repaint steel pans & seat and handrail repairs (to prevent deterioration due to corrosion)”, (4) $1,300,000 for “restroom renovation or replacement (8 areas) (Code/ADA compliance),” and (5) $1,100,000 for “press box replacement (for ADA compliance).” 

Saturday, December 17, 2016

19 FAMU student-athletes cross stage at Fall 2016 commencement

It’s the biggest event of the year.  Yes, even bigger than homecoming.  Commencement ceremonies bring out the best in FAMU Athletics and the Fall 2016 ceremony was no different.  Over 700 students had their degrees conferred upon them tonight, with 19 of those being FAMU student-athletes.

The graduates ranged from Jaymee Smith, who completed her degree in four years to Maverick McKinney; a football player from the mid-1980s who joined the workforce and returned to complete his degree, culminating in tonight’s commencement.   

No matter the time table, the pride remained the same.  The culmination of baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees are celebrated in grand fashion at Florida A&M University.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Athletic fee losses from enrollment decline reduced funds for critical Bragg repairs

Yesterday, many so-called Rattlers who didn’t care about the multi-million dollar enrollment decline under former President Elmira Mangum threw fits on Facebook over news about a financial problem that was made worse by those student loses. 

Tallahassee Democrat reporter Jordan Culver discussed the details that Athletic Director Milton Overton Jr. and Chief Financial Officer Angela Poole shared during a Board of Trustees workshop.

“FAMU must spend $622,000 for structural repairs and internal stair replacement or [Bragg Memorial Stadium] will not be cleared for fall competition,” Culver tweeted yesterday.

Monday, October 24, 2016

New voice of Bragg hopes to keep fans engaged


An energized crowd on game day motivates the new Voice of Bragg Stadium, Kofi Hemmingway.

A FAMU alumnus, Hemmingway was selected among a group of nearly 30 contestants after participating in a selection process which included interviews, reading and voice over sessions that aired nationally on the Fox Sports Network this past summer. Since then the former student president of the Marching “100” and student athlete on the FAMU tennis team has announced three home games, including Saturday's Homecoming matchup.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

FAMU enshrines 2016 Sports Hall of Famers

The latest members of the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame were formally announced during the 40th Anniversary Enshrinement Ceremony on Sept. 23 at the Al Lawson Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium. Below is a quick glance at the Class of 2016 and their accomplishments:

Mary Jones Wellens, Vogel Newsome, Pamela Oliver and Pamela Porter – 1984 Women’s 4×400 Relay Team

The quartet distinguished themselves as student athletes on the track by winning the 1984 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference titles in the 800 and 1600 meters. The track stars also qualified for the finals in the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Outdoor Nationals in the 1600 meter relay, earning All-America honors.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Fan Day kicks off Fall Sports Season

Florida A&M University Football Fans got to meet the 2016 Rattler football and Volleyball team at FAMU Fan Day Saturday, August 13, held at the Al Lawson Center.

Players, and coaches, were on hand for photos and autographs, and the athletics box office was open for fans to purchase football season tickets. Volleyball games are free.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

FAMU’s MEAC champion sports teams honored at President’s House

Florida A&M University (FAMU) President Elmira Mangum hosted the school’s 2015-16 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) champion coaches at a special reception held in the FAMU President’s Home Tuesday evening.

“We’re extremely proud of what you have been able to accomplish this year in the classroom.  We are especially proud of the teams who were able to win championships in the MEAC and this is my way of showing my appreciation,” Mangum said.

Honored during the festive occasion were Darlene Moore, head women’s cross country and track and field coach, Veronica Wiggins, head women’s softball coach and Brandi Tatum, head coach of the FAMU cheerleading squad.  All of their assistant coaches were recognized as well.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

FAMU Athletics interns go behind-the-scenes during PGA Tour

(L-R) Jeff Weddington, Morgan Culler, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem, and Amber Jones
Just a few weeks ago, three FAMU students were afforded the unique opportunity of a lifetime. They were special invitees to cover one of the media days and practice rounds at The Tournament Players Club (TPC) at Sawgrass. Widely regarded as the "fifth major" on the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) Tour, The Players annually has one of the best fields in golf. This year was no different as top golfers Rory McIllroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Ricky Fowler were in the field.

The FAMU students were rewarded with the opportunity by PGA Tour Media Relations on a special invite afforded to FAMU Athletics. All three students were interns in FAMU Athletics for the 2015-16 school year and were rewarded for their professionalism and drive during the year.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

220 Quarterback Club shows support for new Piggly Wiggly

By Dominique Mack
Florida A&M University

Cash registers were ringing and store aisles were filled, as members of the 220 Quarterback Club took over the new neighborhood Piggy Wiggly for a shopping event March 29.

The Piggly Wiggly store, which is located next to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), replaced the old Harvey’s Supermarket on South Monroe Street in Tallahassee’s South Side community, bringing with it 125 new jobs and an assortment of new food options.

Established seven years ago, The 220 Quarterback Club was created to provide small donations to help diminish a financial deficit in the FAMU Athletics Department. The group began by making donations to the football program and grew into providing assistance to the other athletic teams within the department.  Since then the group has made donations outside sports, including a major contribution to the Marching “100.”

Friday, April 01, 2016

FAMU Sports Hall of Fame to honor 11 in 2016

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Sports Hall of Fame officially announced the members of 2016 class to be inducted during ceremonies on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. the Alfred Lawson Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium.

Friday, December 04, 2015

Marvin Green named associate director of athletics at FAMU

On Tuesday, FAMU Athletics Director Milton Overton Jr. announced the appointment of long-time FAMU administrator Marvin E. Green Jr. as the new associate athletics director for Sports Administration. His appointment is effective, today, Dec. 4.

Prior to his appointment, Green, a FAMU alumnus, served FAMU for nearly 23 years as director of Student Activities, associate director of Campus Recreation, and has played a leading role in the development and success of the University’s nationally recognized intramural and recreational sports programs.

He will continue to serve as coach of FAMU’s award-winning men’s golf program, which has consistently finished in the top five at the National Minority Golf Championships.

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.