Florida A&M welcomed into SWAC

From Florida A&M Sports Information: Florida A&M University (FAMU) was welcomed into the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) during football media day at the Birmingham-Sheraton Hotel this week.  The Rattlers, who will kick off SWAC play during Labor Day weekend at the Orange Blossom Classic against Jackson State, were picked to finish second in the preseason poll.  “It’s always mixed feelings when it comes to preseason rankings. Nobody’s played a game yet. This shows people have respect for what we’ve done in the past,” FAMU head football coach Willie Simmons said.  …

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FAMU’s Bragg Memorial Renovations ahead of schedule

From Florida A&M Sports Information: Florida A&M University (FAMU) football fans will not have to wait much longer to see the new renovations at Bragg Memorial Stadium.  Phase 1 of the renovations is ahead of schedule as the team will open fall camp on August 5.   Ram Construction and Development was awarded the contract after the University received $10 million from the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency board. Phase 1 began in February with the east side of the stadium being renovated. Phase 2, which is slated to begin in late November after…

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Famu officially joins SWAC

From Florida A&M Sports Information: FAMU Officially Becomes a Member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference  Florida A&M University (FAMU) athletics has officially entered a new era.  The University held a historic press conference on Thursday morning at the Al Lawson Multipurpose Center as FAMU President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Commissioner Charles McClelland, Ph.D., and Vice President/Director of Athletics Kortne Gosha gave remarks as Florida A&M left its membership with the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) after more than four decades.  “I want to acknowledge all those great institutions and friends…

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Sixteen former FAMU tennis players named to MEAC all-time teams

From Florida A&M Sports Information: Sixteen former Florida A&M University (FAMU) men’s and women’s tennis student-athletes were recently named to the all-time Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) 50th anniversary tennis teams.  Rochelle “Nikki” Houston, Rachel Harden, Donna Millington, Asia Muhammed and Rachel Pye were named to the women’s team.  Houston, who is the director of Tennis of the Rattler program, said it was truly special to be recognized as one of the best in conference history.  “I am truly honored to be on this list,” said Houston, who was a two-time…

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FAMU’s Terry Jefferson is Pioli Family Fund recipient

From Florida A&M Sports Information: Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumnus and standout football student-athlete Terry Jefferson was one of the first two recipients on Tuesday to receive the Pioli Family Fund for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Coaches and Scouts.  The fund was established last fall to help young football coaches and scouts pursue career advancement opportunities. Jefferson, recruiting coordinator at the University of Miami and James Bullock III, a scouting apprentice with the Los Angeles Rams, became the first two earn the honor.  “I am so thankful to…

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North Carolina A&T’s Cambrea Sturgis claims 100 and 200 at NCAA Championships

From the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference: Photo by Timothy Rice Watch the 100m (ESPNU)|Watch the 200m (ESPNU) Cambrea Sturgis added to North Carolina A&T State’s trophy haul on Saturday at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field, winning the NCAA title in both the women’s 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash. Sturgis ran a 10.74 in the 100, the fastest all-weather time in NCAA championship history. Running out of Lane 3, she bested USC’s Twanisha Terry by .05 seconds. She followed that with a 22.12 in the 200, the fourth-fastest time in collegiate…

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North Carolina A&T’s Randolph Ross wins 400 Meters at NCAA Championships

From the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference: Photo by Timothy Rice Watch the Race (ESPN2) North Carolina A&T State’s Randolph Ross claimed the men’s track & field program’s first-ever outdoor NCAA event title Friday evening, taking gold in the 400-meter dash at the NCAA Div. I Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field. Ross ran a 43.85 — the fastest time in the world this season and third-fastest collegiate time ever. Teammate Trevor Stewart finished fourth with a 44.96. Ross is the first MEAC men’s track &…

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North Carolina A&T wins 4×400 Men’s NCAA Title

From the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference: Photo by Timothy Rice Watch the Race (ESPN2) North Carolina A&T State is the undisputed king of the men’s 4×400-meter relay. The Aggies won the outdoor NCAA title in the event Friday evening at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field, adding to the indoor championship they won in the event back in March. NCAT won the race in 3:00.92, with Daniel Stokes, Randolph Ross, Akeem Sirleaf and Trevor Stewart running. NCAT was sixth after the first leg, but Ross — who earlier in the evening won the…

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FAMU graduate student Calvin Sykes selected as ESPN the Undefeated Rhoden Fellows Scholar Initiative

From Florida A&M Sports Information: Florida A&M University (FAMU) sports management graduate student Calvin Sykes has been selected as one of six recipients of the ESPN the Undefeated Rhoden Fellows Scholar Initiative.  The fifth class will feature five different Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  Sykes is the second FAMU student in two years to be selected for the program.   “This dream really started in high school when I began working as an intern for CBS when I did South Florida High School sports,” said Sykes. “This is about all the…

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MEAC Track&Field Recap

From the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference: Schedule of Events | Live Results Broadcast Schedule*Thursday, June 10: ESPN3, 12:30 p.m. ET; ESPN2, 6:30 p.m. ETFriday, June 11: ESPN3, 3 p.m. ET; ESPN2, 8 p.m. ETSaturday, June 12: ESPN3, 2 p.m.; ESPNU, 6 p.m. ET *NOTE:All field events will have a dedicated stream on ESPN3, as will decathlon and hepthalon events. Check event schedule for exact times. Aggies Strong on Opening Day of NCAAs EUGENE, Ore. — North Carolina A&T State made its presence felt Wednesday evening as the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships got underway at Hayward…

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