Saturday, December 20, 2014

Rattler basketball team drops home opener to UNF, 83-65

The Rattlers basketball team continues to look for its first win of the season after dropping their home opener Friday night to the U. of North Florida, 83-65 at the Al Lawson Center.

First year Head Coach Byron Samuels said that despite the loss, the support from hometown fans helped the team put up a strong effort.

“I thought it was an encouraging group of fans in the building tonight,” he said in a quote published by the Tallahassee Democrat. “I told the guys, ‘You just got to keep fighting. These people in these seats really want to support you. Just keep fighting so they’ll keep coming to see you play.’ I’m thankful for that.”

Friday, December 19, 2014

Rattler basketball team prepares for home opener tonight

The Rattler men’s basketball team will have its home opener of the 2014-2015 tonight hosting the University of North Florida Ospreys at the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center Teaching Gymnasium. Tipoff is 7:00 p.m.

First year Head Coach Byron Samuels and the Rattlers are looking to pick up their first win of the season. The Rattlers come into the game with an 0-9 overall record.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

FCS Senior Bowl appearance will cap strong senior year for Terry Johnson

FAMU senior cornerback Devonte “Terry” Johnson had a stellar career for the Rattlers, starting for four seasons on the field. Off the field, he was even more exceptional as he graduated on Friday, in just three-and-one-half years. The former Rickard High School Raider was a product of the Rudy Hubbard era as the Raiders’ head football coach.

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.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mangum in no rush to start search for permanent AD

FAMU President Elmira Mangum is not in a rush to start the search for a permanent athletic director. She wants her interim AD, Nelson Townsend, to restore stability to the program.

“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

Search shakeup! Scott heads to Norfolk State, Simmons takes job at Prairie View

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.

Fuller says he did not make finalist stage, Simmons might be on his way to Prairie View

Late last week, the advisory committee for FAMU’s head football coach search announced eight semi-finalist candidates for the job. One, Corey Fuller, now says he was not selected as a finalist. Another, Willie Simmons, might be on his way to a head coaching position at another university.

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

Winslow resigns, Townsend steps in as interim athletic director

At 6:12 a.m. today, Rattler Nation broke the news (via its Twitter feed) that FAMU Athletic Director Kellen Winslow, Sr. had tendered his resignation and that former AD Nelson E. Townsend was slated to step in as an interim replacement.  Townsend is 73 years-old.

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. 

21 FAMU student-athletes cross stage at fall commencement

FAMU President Elmira Mangum congratulates softball grad Christina Robbs
In front of a packed house of 9,000 at the Alfred Lawson Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium, FAMU welcomed just over 700 new members to its proud roster of more than 70,000 graduates since 1887. The new FAMU alumni included 21 student-athletes.

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.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dawn King named MEAC Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) named FAMU’s Dawn King its Rookie of the Week for women’s basketball.

King (Fr., 5-9, G, Waxahachie, Texas) shot 73-percent (11-of-15) from the floor, including 49-percent from behind the 3-point line (3-of-7), to finish with 26 points and three rebounds in a 55-50 win against South Carolina State.