Showing posts with label football. Show all posts
Showing posts with label football. Show all posts

Sunday, December 10, 2017

FAMU close to naming Willie Simmons head football coach

FAMU appears set to name former Prairie View A&M head coach Willie Simmons as head coach as early as tomorrow. Simmons lead the Panthers to a 21-11 record over three years in what was his first head coaching job.
His wikipedia page has already been updated to indicate that he is the FAMU coach.

Simmons, 37 years-old, is a Tallahassee native,who played quarterback at Clemson University, and has is most noted as an offensive guru. His teams at PVAMU scored on 33.4 points per game.

Simmons previously served as offensive coordinator/RB coach at Alcorn State University. He held the same position at Middle Tennessee State University.

Simmons was briefly a member of the FAMU football team back in 2003 after transferring from Clemson but was denied a waiver to play as FAMU was in the midst of an attempt to join the FCS.

On Saturday, Prairie View A&M released a statement saying that Simmons had left the program after three seasons. Simmons, himself, told a Houston sportscaster Mark Berman, that he resigned to "pursue other professional opportunities."

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Georgia Dome, former home of Atlanta Football Classic, demolished

The Georgia Dome – former home of the Atlanta Football Classic – was imploded at 7:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time yesterday. Between 1998 and 2012, the Atlanta Football Classic featured Florida A&M University. The Rattlers played Tennessee State University for the first 12 years and then Southern University and A&M College during their final two years of participation.

Taking a mere 12 seconds to flatten the building’s approximate 250,000 cubic yards of concrete, the implosion utilized more than 10,000 man-hours of preparation, 4,800 total pounds of strategically placed explosives, and approximately 6 miles of detonating cord and 1 mile of electrical wire connections.

The Dome’s calling card was its versatility. It was the only venue to ever host the Olympics, the Super Bowl, and the NCCA Men’s Final Four. The Georgia Dome hosted its final public event, Monster Jam, on March 5, 2017.

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Alex Wood Era comes to an end

Florida A&M University Head Football Coach Alex Wood has submitted his resignation effective today university officials have confirmed.

Wood's three year contract was set to expire at the end of next month. He won 8 games, losing 25 in his three years as head coach.

Offensive Line Coach Edwin Pata will serve as the interim coach.

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.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Holmes out as head coach, Fuller to take over

FAMU Athletic Director Kellen Winslow, this afternoon, confirmed that Rattler Head Football Coach Earl Holmes has been fired. Corey Fuller, cornerbacks coach, has been named interim head coach.

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.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Marching 100 travels to DC to support Rattlers

From Staff Reports and the Howard University Hilltop student newspaper:

The FAMU Marching 100 traveled to Howard University for the Rattler football team's game against Howard University.  The band's visit marks their first visit to Howard in 25 years.  The 100rd will be a crucial element of support for the Rattler football team who are 1-1 in the MEAC as they face another conference foe.  The band, along with an expected large contingent of FAMU alumni from all over the northeast, could be the edge Rattlers need to secure a win.

The Rattlers, coming off their first win of the season last week, will need a win today if they are to have any hope of winning the conference title this year.  FAMU will look to improve against a Howard Bison team that is 0-4 in the MEAC, and 1-6 overall.  Today's game will see the Rattlers play homecoming guest for the second time this season.
Howard Anticipates Band Battle
While the added excitement of a Howard Homecoming should be enough of an attraction, Howard fans  are looking forward to seeing the 100rd.  According to Howard band director John E. Newson, the H.U. "Showtime" band will be playing some new music for homecoming to add an element of surprise.

“Florida A&M is one of the top HBCU bands,” Newson said. “We battled them in ‘88 and in ‘89 and saw them in the Battle of the Bands, so the band might not be used to them, but I am, and I halfway know where they’re coming from.”

The fifth quarter will sound off following the official end of the football game, where Showtime will have a one-on-one battle with the Marching 100.

Read the full article here.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Rattlers come up short at SC State

Despite a valiant effort, the FAMU Rattlers came up short in their efforts to be back-to-back homecoming spoilers this afternoon at South Carolina State University. On the Rattlers final drive of the game, the SCSU defense forced a turnover preserve a 25-21 victor over the Rattlers.

With the loss, the Rattlers fell to 3-7 on the season (2-4 MEAC), while S.C. State improved to 7-3 on the season, 5-1 in the MEAC.

This was SC State's 10th win against the Rattlers in the last 11 meetings. 

SC State held the Rattlers to just 50 yards rushing and 107 yards passing and collected five sacks and two turnovers.

FAMU lost starting quarterback Damien Fleming in the first half with an ankle injury after he was 4-7 for 54 yards. He was replaced by Carson Royal, who finished 7-18 for 53 yards, but was sacked three times.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Rattlers looking for another Homecoming victory at SC State

Based In Part on information from the Orangeburg Times and Democrat:

The last time FAMU (3-6, 2-3) visited Oliver C. Dawson Stadium, in Orangeburg, SC, the Rattlers rallied from an 11-point fouther-quarter deficit to defeat the Bulldogs 27-24. Then-freshman quarterback Damien Fleming made his presence known that day by completing 34-40 passes for 297 yards and a touchdown. This afternoon, Coach Earl Holmes is looking for that same kind of effort from his Rattlers to spoil S.C. State's homecoming.

While first-year head coach and former Rattler and NFL linebacker Holmes had aspirations of contending for the conference title, he does see significant progress being made coming off a 16-6 road win at Norfolk State.

“It’s a learning process and we’re going through that and the younger guys are getting experience and the only way they’re going to gain experience is to continue to play each and every week and understand the game-like situations,” said Holmes. “Rome wasn’t built in a day and we understand that. At the same time, we still concentrate on what we’re looking for and we’re starting to get that.”

Holmes called his team’s win over the Spartans their first “60-minute game” of the season in which all three phases – offense, defense and special teams – played at a high level. A similar effort will be sought today at 1:30 p.m. if the Rattlers are to play homecoming spoiler for the second straight week.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Morgan State snaps 11 game losing streak with 34-21 victory over FAMU

The FAMU Rattlers (1-4 overall, 0-1 conference) dropped their Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) opener 34-21 to Morgan State University.  The Morgan Bears (1-5, 1-1) hadn't won a football game in nearly 12 months.

"It's been a long time," Bears Head Coach Donald Hill-Eley said about the win that ended an 11 game losing streak. "I just feel excited for these young men. They've been working hard and it's been a long time and we needed to have some success to continue to move forward."

With the loss, the Rattlers' hopes for post-season play were all but dashed.  If the Rattlers win the remainder of their games, the best they could finish is 8-4.

The Rattlers face tough road challenges against South Carolina State, Norfolk State and Bethune-Cookman. Unless something changes soon, all of the Rattlers' remaining games are challenges.

During yesterday's game, quarterback Damien Fleming had another frustrating day with three interceptions. He now leads the MEAC with interceptions. The FAMU offensive line allowed Fleming to be sacked twice.

The Rattler defense allowed the Morgan Bears 382 yards of total offense on the afternoon, 238 of which came from the ground in rushing yards.

Linebacker Akil Blount helped FAMU get on the board by blocking a field goal attempt that opened the way for Darren Parker to take the loose ball 89-yards down to the end zone. Running back Al-Terek McBurse contributed an 82- yard TD run.

Tight end Michael Ethridge caught a 17-yard pass from Damien Fleming to score the Rattlers' final TD of the game.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Samford holds off Rattlers 27-20

The Samford Bulldogs used a big first quarter to the beat the Florida A&M Rattlers 27-20, before an announced crowd of 10,034 in Bragg Stadium Saturday.

The loss drops the Rattlers to 1-2 on the season. Samford improved to 2-1.

The Ratters had 219 yards of total offense to Samford's 341.  FAMU QB Damien Fleming was picked off three times by the Samford defense, the third coming on a Rattler drive with just 2:48 remaining in the game.   Samford then held on to earn the victory.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Tigers run past Rattlers 27-7

The Big Blue Tigers of Tennessee State held the Rattlers to just 156 yards of total offense, forcing two turn overs -- with one being returned for a touchdown-- in route to a 27-7 victory at Bragg Stadium this afternoon.  To compound matters, the Rattlers were just 2 of 12 on third down conversions the afternoon.

TSU senior running back Tim Broughton ran 124 yard on 17 carries, compiling nearly as many yards as the Rattler offense. Sophomore Telvin Hooks, for the Tigers, was not far behind, gaining 77 yeards on the ground on 12 attempts.

The Rattlers, now 1-1 on the season, stay at home this week to take on the Samford University Bulldogs of the Southern Conference.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Joe Taylor to retire after Fl Classic

This morning, FAMU Head Football Coach Joe Taylor  announced his intention to step downafter five seasons. Taylor broke the news to his team this morning in Greensboro, N.C. just prior to the Rattlers' game against NC A&T.

Taylor's contract with FAMU is set to expire in December. And with the Rattlers' record at 3-5, many fans had been calling for his resignation. But Taylor said those complaints did not factor into his decision.

Going into today's game, Taylor's Rattlers have compiled a record of 35 wins against 18 losses.  Taylor is 233-95 overall.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Class of 2016 helps introduce 2012 Rattler football team

The FAMU freshman class helped into the 2012 Rattler football team to fans at the first home football game of the season.  FAMU beat Hampton University 44-20 to improve to 1-2 on the season.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Rattlers kick their way to victory over A&T

FAMU won in dramatic fashion on Saturday night as Linebacker John Williams intercepted a North Carolina A&T pass in the end zone on the final play of the game to seal the 26-20 victory for the Rattlers.  The victory improved the Rattlers to 6-3 on the season (4-2 MEAC).
The Aggies drove from their own 7 to the Florida A&M 39 before Aggie QB Lewis Kindle's pass was intercepted as time expired.
The Rattlers  came from 13 points behind thanks to the foot of placekicker Trevor Scott, who connected on four field goals, two in the second half.  Scott was good from 40 yards in the third quarter and from 33 yards with 4:41 remaining in the game. Rattler QB Damien Fleming passed for 254 yards and two touchdowns for Florida A&M, which has won three in a row and are now tied for second place in the MEAC with BCU.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Rattlers fight back to win against SC State 27-24

With 10 minutes remaining Saturday the FAMU Rattlers mounted an impressive comeback to beat the Bulldogs of SC State 27-24 before 17,153 fans.
In defeating S.C. State (4-4, 3-2) for the first time since 2001 and in Orangeburg for the first time since 1997, FAMU (5-3, 3-2) amassed 439 total yards of offense. Freshman quarterback Damien Fleming led the Rattlers with 297 yards on 34-40 passing and a touchdown.
S.C. State quarterback Richard Cue, who left the game briefly in the second quarter, managed only 121 passing yards, but rushed for 63 yards and a score.
Where FAMU dominated the action was in time of possession. By holding the football for 43 minutes and 43 seconds, the Rattlers limited the number of plays for the Bulldogs' offense and took advantage of a fatigued defense.
The Rattlers controlled the football for 11½ minutes in the first quarter, but only managed a 23-yard field goal by Trevor Scott.
At one point, the Bulldogs scored 14 unanswered points in the span of 71 seconds and it looked like the Rattlers would go down in yet another ugly defeat as had become all to familiar.  However, the Rattlers never gave up.
"It's 60 minutes in a ballgame," FAMU head coach Joe Taylor said. "We learned that two weeks ago when we came out 21-0 (against Howard in a 29-28 loss) and then we decided to turn our uniforms in. We learned from that you've got to play 60 minutes." 
"You can't say nothing but good things about (FAMU)," Buddy Pough said, SC State head coach. "They came here and outplayed us a bunch."


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Rattler Football Preview Magazine Out Soon

The first-ever preseason magazine dedicated to Florida A&M University Football is now available by mail order to Rattler football fans for $10 each.

The 100-page publication is loaded with information including features on the Rattler players and coaching staff, the world famous FAMU “Marching 100” Band, the Classic games, the MEAC and NCAA Division I

FCS, plus preseason rosters and depth charts.

The magazine can be had by sending a check or money order made payable to the Rattler Football Preview Magazine, to Post Office Box 6331, Tallahassee, Florida 32314.

Orders will begin shipping immediately on August 22.

Copies should also be available at select Tallahassee area retailers and through FAMU alumni chapters in late August.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

FAMU's 2010 football date with Miami could be in doubt

According to the Miami Herald, Miami may be closer to scheduling another BCS opponent in a Labor Day opener in 2010, forcing the Hurricanes' planned opener with Florida A&M on Sept. 4 to not occur or be rescheduled. Further complicating the matter is that date conflicts with a Florida Marlins home game, according to baseball schedules released Tuesday.

The Marlins have no home game on Labor Day, Sept. 6. That means the Hurricanes could play in prime time that night, possibly against Florida State or Virginia Tech.

Miami isn't expected to decide if it'll participate in another Labor Day matchup for several months.

Miami visited Florida State on Labor Day to open this season.

The Marlins will continue sharing Land Shark Stadium with the Miami Dolphins and the Hurricanes through 2011.