Florida A&M introduces Michael Johnson as Associate AD of Administration and Operations

From Florida A&M Sports Information: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | Florida A&M University’s Director of Athletics, Kortne Gosha, announced the appointment of McNeese State University’s Associate AD for Operations & Facilities, Michael Johnson, as the new Associate AD for Administration and Operations of FAMU Athletics. “We are excited to welcome Michael Johnson to our administrative staff,” Gosha said. “As we implement our strategic plan and vision for Athletics, it was imperative that we identified a high-energy creative thinker and dynamic professional with a lense of experience as a former student-athlete, student-leader, and athletic…

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MEAC’s Statement on Bethune Cookman’s departure

From meacsports.com : NORFOLK, Va., June 25, 2020—The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) acknowledges that Bethune-Cookman University has decided to leave the conference after June 30, 2021 but is also determined to continue its mission of being a viable NCAA Division I conference. With eight remaining full members, including six institutions that sponsor football championship subdivision (FCS)-level football, the MEAC will retain its NCAA automatic qualification (AQ) in nine sponsored sports. Bethune-Cookman will be leaving after 40 years in the MEAC; however, institutions make decisions based upon what they consider is in their best…

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Bethune-Cookman headed to the SWAC

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference is in serious trouble. The conference has lost lost Savannah State and Hampton in 2018; North Carolina A&T announced their exit to join the Big South Conference in 2021 and Florida A&M will be departing to join the SWAC beginning in the 2021-22 season. The latest school to put the MEAC in their rear view mirror is Bethune-Cookman University, who , after being in the conference for 40 years, will follow in-state rival Florida A&M to the Southwestern Athletic Conference ( SWAC). the below is from…

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2020 Souther Heritage Classic Canceled

Though sports are slowly beginning to resume, albeit with no fans in attendance, when college football reconvenes, the Southern Heritage Classic will not be amongst the games played. On Wednesday, the management of the game announced the cancellation of the annual event. The Southern Heritage Classic evolved out of alternating home-and-home matchups between Jackson State University and Tennessee State University. The first game was played in 1990 at the Liberty Town In Memphis, TN and it has resided there ever since. Tennessee State has a 17-12 record in the SHC,…

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FAMU legend and NFL great Ken Riley passes at 72

From Florida A&M Sports Information: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | The football world and the Florida A&M University family lost a legend. Ken Riley, former FAMU football standout, former head coach and athletics director, passed away early Sunday morning at the age of 72. “FAMU Athletics and the entire Rattler Nation is deeply saddened of the passing of former FAMU football player, Head Coach, Athletics Director and NFL great Ken Riley,” Vice President and Director of Athletics Kortne Gosha said. “We wish his family our deepest condolences.” “I woke up this morning with a heavy…

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Florida A&M heading to SWAC

This was initially reported by HBCUGameday but the MEAC will suffer another major loss. The conference is losing North Carolina A&T to the Big South and now FAMU is moving to the SWAC. From Florida A&M Sports Information: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Board of Trustees (BOT) has approved the University’s move to join the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), beginning with the 2021-22 academic year. The move was approved by SWAC member schools 10-0 Thursday afternoon.  “While we have had a long-standing relationship competing in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference,…

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Florida A&M to introduce Shalon Pillow as new Women’s Ball Coach

From Florida A&M Sports Information: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | The Florida A&M University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will hold a virtual press conference Tuesday afternoon to formally introduce Shalon Pillow as the new head women’s basketball coach. Pillow, who was named the program’s head coach on Thursday, will meet formally with the media via Zoom Tuesday afternoon beginning at 2 p.m. (EST). Fans and alumni will be able to watch the press conference live on Facebook. For media availability, interviews, or other questions, please contact the office of Athletic Communications at 850-599-3849 orbrian.howard2@famu.edu #Follow The Rattlers For…

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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Anthony Levine Keeping Tennessee State’s NFL Tradition Alive

From tsutigers : Playing in the National Football League is a dream for most collegiate players. Every year over 50,000 athletes suit up for their respective universities through all levels, hoping for a chance to play at the highest level – a feat only 26,000 former collegians have accomplished over the span of 54 years. Former Tennessee State players Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (DRC) and Anthony Levine Sr. have earned the right to play in the NFL. The former TSU teammates have also defied the average career expectancy of an NFL player.…

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Florida A&M Basketball signs Johnny Brown

From Florida A&M Sports Information: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | Florida A&M University head men’s basketball coach Robert McCullum announced the signing of Johnny Brown on Tuesday. Brown, who played one season at Florida State College in Jacksonville, Fla., graduated from Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Fla. He will enter FAMU as a sophomore and with three years of eligibility remaining. Last season at Florida State College, Brown averaged 12.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and made 54 3-pointers. He shot 47.4 percent from the floor, 43.5 percent from behind the three-point line and…

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Florida A&M announces search for new women’s basketball coach

From Florida A&M Sports Information: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | Florida A&M UniversityAthletics will begin a search for a new women’s basketball head coach, as Kevin Lynum will not return, as announced by FAMU Vice President & Director of Athletics, Kortne Gosha. “We thank Kevin and his staff for their hard work and wish them well in all of their future endeavors.” FAMU Athletics will begin a search immediately. #Follow The Rattlers For complete coverage of Florida A&M athletics, please follow the Rattlers on social media at @FAMUAthletics (Twitter), /FAMUAth (Facebook), @famuathletics (Instagram) or visit…

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