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The Florida A&M Rattlers football team represents Florida A&M University in the sport of American football. The Rattlers compete in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the south division of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). They play their home games at Bragg Memorial Stadium in Tallahassee. The Rattlers have won twelve black college football national championship, twenty nine Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) titles, eight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) titles and one national title in the history of their football program. During the 2004 season, the Rattlers briefly attempted to move up to Division I-A (now known as the FBS) and become the only HBCU at college football's highest level, but the team was forced to abort its bid.[2]

Florida A&M Rattlers football
2018 Florida A&M Rattlers football team
Florida A&M Rattlers wordmark.svg
First season1907
Head coachWillie Simmons
1st season, 6–5 (.545)
StadiumBragg Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 25,500)
Field surfaceAstroTurf
LocationTallahassee, Florida
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferenceMEAC
All-time record567–274–23 (.670)
Bowl record28–21–2 (.569)
Claimed nat'l titles1978
RivalriesBethune-Cookman (rivalry)
ColorsGreen and Orange[1]
         
Marching bandMarching 100
WebsiteFAMUAthletics.com

Contents

HistoryEdit

ClassificationsEdit

  • 1952–1972: NCAA College Division
  • 1973–1977: NCAA Division II
  • 1978–2003: NCAA Division I–AA
  • 2004: NCAA Division I–A
  • 2005–present: NCAA Division I–AA/FCS

Conference membershipsEdit

  In 1978, FAMU was a member of SIAC, a Division II conference. FAMU had successfully petitioned the NCAA for Division I classification (Division I-AA in football), which took effect on September 1, 1978.[4]

Annual ClassicEdit

ChampionshipsEdit

National, Black CollegeEdit

  • 1938
  • 1942
  • 1950
  • 1952
  • 1954
  • 1957
  • 1959
  • 1961
  • 1977
  • 1978
  • 1998
  • 2010

National, Division I–AA/FCSEdit

Year Association Division Coach Selector Record Opponent Score
1978 NCAA Division I–AA Rudy Hubbard Playoffs 12–1 Massachusetts 35–28

Conference championshipsEdit

Florida A&M has won 37 conference championships, 30 outright and 7 shared.

Year Coach Conference Record
1937 William M. Bell Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 7–1–1
1938 William M. Bell Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 8–0
1942 William M. Bell Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 9–0
1943 Herman Neilson Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 7–3
1945 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 9–1
1946 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 6–4–1
1947 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 9–1
1948 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 8–2
1949 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 7–2
1950 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 8–1
1952 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 8–2
1953 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 10–1
1954 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 8–1
1955 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 7–1–1
1956 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 8–1
1957 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 9–0
1958 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 7–2
1959 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 10–0
1960 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 9–1
1961 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 10–0
1962 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 9–1
1963 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 8–2
1964 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 9–1
1965 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 7–3
1967 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 8–2
1968 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 8–2
1969 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 8–1
1977 Rudy Hubbard Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 11–0
1978 Rudy Hubbard Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 12–1
1988 Ken Riley Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 6–4–1
1990 Ken Riley Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 7–4
1995 Billy Joe Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 9–3
1996 Billy Joe Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 9–3
1998 Billy Joe Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 11–2
2000 Billy Joe Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 9–2
2001 Billy Joe Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 7–3
2010 Joe Taylor Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 8–3

† denotes co-champions

Division I-AA/FCS Playoffs resultsEdit

The Rattlers have appeared in the I-AA/FCS playoffs seven times with a record of 5–6. They were I-AA National Champions in 1978, the first year of Division I-AA.

Year Round Opponent Result
1978 Semifinals
National Championship Game
Jackson State
Massachusetts
W 15–10
W 35–28
1996 First Round Troy State L 25–29
1997 First Round Georgia Southern L 37–52
1998 First Round
Quarterfinals
Troy State
Western Illinois
W 27–17
L 21–24
1999 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Appalachian State
Troy State
Youngstown State
W 44–29
W 17–10
L 24–27
2000 First Round WKU L 0–27
2001 First Round Georgia Southern L 35–60

College Football Hall of Fame membersEdit

Alumni in the NFLEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ FAMUAthletics.com Style Guide (PDF). Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  2. ^ Powell, Robert Andrew (9 October 2004). "Florida A&M Tries to Recover From Failed Bid". New York Times. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  3. ^ Connelly, Bill (May 4, 2016). "That time FAMU nearly made it in college football's top level, but the timing was all wrong". SB Nation.
  4. ^ Cooper, Barry (August 31, 1978). "Florida A&M granted Divison 1 status". Tallahassee Democrat. Tallahassee, Florida. p. 1B. Retrieved May 13, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  5. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/colleges/floridaam/

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