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FAMU OPENS UP MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAY

Jason Merry, Correspondent (@JasonMerryFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Rattlers’ new head coach Robert McCullum made his first appearance in Monday night’s home opener against the Johnson University Suns.

McCullum is a former University of Oregon men’s basketball assistant and a head coach at the University of South Florida and Western Michigan University.

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The Rattlers had yet to have a game until Monday night while the Suns came into the contest with a 0-2 record.  FAMU standout small forward Desmond Williams, a senior from Alpine, Ala., averaged 16.2 points per game while shooting 48% from the field during the 2016-17 season.

Williams continued his high scoring with 14 points in the first half alone but had four turnovers. Turnovers were the main story for the Rattlers during the first half, as they committed 13.

“We talked about it at halftime. Some of them were unforced on our part, but yet that pace lends itself to that. Quite frankly, we didn’t want to turn it over a single time in the second half, but it feels good knowing we only turned it over six times in the second half,” McCullum said.

At halftime, the Rattlers led the Suns 44-35, with Williams leading in scoring. Isaiah Martin led the team at the half with five rebounds. Marcus Barham also scored seven points and tallied five assists.

In the second half, the Rattlers began to pull away from the Suns. Williams continued his scoring outburst in the second half with 10 more points bringing his total to 24 for the game. He also led the team in rebounds with 10 as the FAMU defeated the Suns 107-71.

“I got to take it one game at a time. I scored a couple points tonight.  It felt good mentally to be in a groove, but now this game is behind me. Times, feelings and vibes change as the season goes so I just have to stay humble and approach it one game at a time and one possession at a time,” Williams said.

The win gives the Rattlers a 1-0 record as they head to Phoenix, Arizona to play the Grand Canyon Antelopes on Nov. 10.

 

 

Florida A&M’s struggles in the paint lead to sixth straight loss

Stanley Brooks, Correspondent (@StanleyBrooksFS)

In an exhibition game of teams from the Southwestern Athletic Conference vs. the Mid-Atlantic Conference, the Southern University Jaguars (3-3) defeated the Rattlers of Florida A&M University (2-7) 83-71.

 

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Rattlers crushed 48-14 in home opener

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By: Alec Chessari, Correspondent

The Florida A&M football team started their home schedule on Saturday night against South Carolina State University with a tough 48-14 loss. The stands were packed with 19,127 Rattler and Bulldog fans. The crowd was fired up for most of the game even through the Rattlers woes.

“Obviously we are not very good. That’s stating the obvious. If we were any good we wouldn’t be 0-4,” FAMU head coach Alex Wood said. Continue reading Rattlers crushed 48-14 in home opener

FAMU Football Update

After having productive spring and summer programs, the Florida A&M football training camp will be about working on how to compete in a complete manor, according to first-year head coach Alex Wood.


With about a month of practices between now and the season kickoff against the University of South Florida on Sept. 5, one of the main focuses will be making sure players know how to finish games, Wood said.

“We obviously want to play physical and play hard, but we also want to make sure we know how to play a complete contest from play one to play last,” Wood said. “That’s what we are really working on and also making sure we are fundamentally sound.”

The fall camp will also be the time when Wood and his staff will be able to implement their systems on offense, defense and special teams.

“It’s our ability to create a rarefied atmosphere that’s really about training, comparing and building chemistry up for the football season,” Wood said.

First day of full contact drills will be on Monday August 10, with two work sessions.

 

FAMU head baseball coach Jamey Shouppe talks NCAA tournament and recruiting

Florida A&M head baseball coach Jamey Shouppe believes experience will continue to be a valuable tool for getting his team back to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament for a second straight title, and hungry to play better in the NCAA Baseball Tournament.

Two seasons ago, Shouppe and his team played in their first MEAC tournament. They didn’t win it, but the experience the players gained was what sparked the Rattlers to coming back this season to win their first MEAC Conference title in 21 years.

“The experience we gained will make our guys not satisfied with just going there showing up,” Shouppe said. “We are going to be hunger this year, and coach to win. And play to win every game we play.”

The FAMU baseball team has won 49 games over the last two seasons, while tallying their most conference wins in a two-year stretch. The Rattlers will be returning over a dozen seniors, who will go into next year’s season ready to be more competitive.

“We have to continue doing what we have done,” Shouppe said. “We have to refine the process. As we continue to set our own bar higher. We have to continue working harder and smarter.”

Shouppe will enter his third season as the Rattlers’ head coach in the upcoming season. He is working on recruiting talent that will be better, and overall improving his baseball program. He will be looking for players that can do the job in the classroom, but also be competitive on the baseball field.

“Pitching. You always have to recruit for pitching,” Shouppe said. “You are not going to win if you do not have pitching. We saw that in the post season. We will continue to look to bring in better arms.”

“We just have to recruit well to continue to build,” he added.

Shoupe was also able to gain experience this past season, which will help moving into next season.

“Obviously, when you play good teams, you see good players,” Shoupe said. “We saw the type player it takes to make it, and win the regional tournament. And, to move on in the NCAA tournament. We saw our strengths, and the guys who get exposed.”

Rattlers Clawed BY TSU Tigers 27-7 In Home opener

Credit: Florida A&M Sports Information
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Sept. 7) – Tennessee State used special teams and defense to hand the Florida A&M Football team their first loss of the season, as the Tigers defeated the Rattlers, 27-7, here Saturday afternoon at Bragg Memorial Stadium.
This was 12th time in the series that FAMU has faced Tennessee State in Bragg Memorial Stadium with today’s win giving the Tigers their eighth win in Tallahassee.
 
The last time, FAMU faced TSU in Bragg Memorial Stadium was in 1997, with the Rattlers pulling out a 43-28 win over the BlueTigers from Nashville, Tenn.
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Kevin Elliott and Brian Tyms Sign Free Agent Offers

Reporter: FAMU Sports Information

FAMU head football coach Joe Taylor knew during Spring drills that he would have to replace key elements of his receiver corps, but he could not possibly have predicted that both of his graduating wide receivers would be offered free agent contracts by the NFL. Brian Tyms has been offered to play for the San Francisco 49ers and Kevin Elliott has been offered to play with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The offeres came after Elliott and Tyms wowed scouts at the annual FAMU pro timing day event. Elliot and Tyms stole the show at the on-campus combine, drawing all of the attention of the scouts by the end of the workout

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