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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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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 Down Delta Devils In MEAC-SWAC Challenge

Credit: Florida A&M Sports Information 

ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 1) – FAMU head coach Earl Holmes won his first contest as the permanent head coach of the Florida A&M Rattlers defeated the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils 27-10 in the 2013 MEAC-SWAC Challenge presented by Disney.  The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference extends their win streak to five with the victory, here Sunday afternoon at Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

In addition, FAMU has won their third straight contest against Southwestern Athletic Conference member MVSU. The Rattlers faced the Delta Devil, twice before as FAMU defeated MVSU, 10-0 in 1987 and 28-13 in 1990.

This was FAMU’s second appearance in the MEAC-SWAC Challenge, as the Rattlers dropped a 33-27 decision to Southern University in the third MEAC-SWAC Challenge in 2007 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala.

Holmes was happy with the effort he saw from his team, but feels they have to solidify the game plan and concentrate on working out the kinks.  “The most important thing is to make you biggest improvement between the first and second game.  It’s always easier to correct the guys with a win.  We did some things well, but there are certainly some things we need to work on.  We can now move forward after getting this first win under our belts,” Holmes said.

The Rattlers would be the first to light up the scoreboard as they capitalized on a MVSU punting error as the ball was snapped over the punter╒s head, resulting in a 30-yard loss, giving the FAMU offense the ball on the MVSU 12-yard line.

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College Track & Field: 2012 FAMU Relays-Rattler Recap

By Ariel Bedford


The FAMU Rattlers were courteous to their opponents in hosting the 2012 FAMU Relays, yet at the same time, rudely dominant in the majority of the events they participated in…

Franchise Sports’ Ariel Bedford has the full report on how the Rattler Track & Field team started off the Outdoor Season strong at home:


Game Preview: Florida A&M (13-2 MEAC, 22-4 Overall) vs. Morgan State (3-12 MEAC, 6-22 Overall)


Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference: Women’s Basketball

Tallahassee, Fla. (Feb. 29, 2012) The Lady Rattlers will be closing out their season tomorrow afternoon against the Morgan State Lady Bears, who beat the Rattlers last season, 63-54 in the regular season match up.

The Lady Rattlers are currently tied for second in the MEAC standings with Howard at 13-2. The Lady Bears on the other hand are second to last in the MEAC standings with a record of 3-12.

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FSU Scheduled to Play Savannah State on Sept. 8th


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State announced Wednesday that Savannah State will replace West Virginia on the 2012 football schedule.

Florida State will play SSU on September 8th in Doak Campbell Stadium. The Tigers will also be opening their 2012 football season with Oklahoma State on Sept. 1 in Stillwater.

The Seminoles were slated to play the Mountaineers on September 8th in Tallahassee, but West Virginia notified FSU on February 3rd that they would not honor the agreement.

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14 Game Winning Streak Ended by Howard, 68-61

Feb. 12, 2012 


The (17-6, 10-1) Florida A&M Lady Rattlers were again unable to beat the (18-7, 10-2) Howard University on the road. The loss snapped the teams 14 game winning streak. And, gave the Lady Bison their fourth straight win.

The Lady Rattlers were led by Antonia Bennett, who finished the game with 25 points and 11 rebounds. 

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College Basketball (M): NCCU 78-FAMU 61 (Blitz Analysis)

By Ariel Bedford



FAMU’s conditioning was definitely tested against the NCCU Eagles, as the Central pushed the tempo and forced FAMU to play faster than it seemed they wanted to. Early in the game the Rattlers responded well, with transition buckets by Junior Amin Stevens putting FAMU ahead 20-16 with just under 12 minutes into the game. But NCCU battled back, and courtesy of savvy time-outs and a strong game from Junior Ray Willis, a guard from Atlanta’s Westlake High, the Eagles led the Rattlers at halftime 40-33.

In the second half the Eagles trapped the Rattlers from full-court after every made basket, and it stymied FAMU’s offense from getting into a rhythm. NCCU’s D stood out in the half-court as well, with the former Orlando, FL standout Willis blocking Rickards High alum Avery Moore on a lay-up attempt from the right block with just over 13 minutes left in the game with the score 48-40. Dominique Sutton was a factor down low for the Eagles, completing an and-one play from the block that made the score 56-42 with 11 minutes and 7 seconds left in the game. Bad offensive execution, including lazy entry passes into the post and erratic ball movement/shot selection was the demise for the FAMU men’s team; many of their sloppy possessions on O led to fast-break points for the Eagles.

With the loss, the NCCU Eagles are now 5-4 in MEAC play with a .500 overall record of 11 wins and losses. The FAMU Rattlers fall to 6-17 overall with a 4-5 record in Al Lawson Gym.