Florida A&M Rattlers football

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Florida A&M Rattlers football
2016 Florida A&M Rattlers football team
FAMU Rattlers.png
First season 1907
Head coach Alex Wood
2nd year, 4–15 (.211)
Stadium Bragg Memorial Stadium
Seating capacity 25,500
Field surface Natural grass
Location Tallahassee, Florida
NCAA division Division I FCS
Conference MEAC
All-time record 567–274–23 (.670)
Bowl record 28–21–2 (.569)
Claimed nat'l titles 1978
Colors Green and Orange[1]
         
Marching band Marching 100
Rivalries Bethune-Cookman Wildcats
Website FAMUAthletics.com

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]

History[edit]

Classifications[edit]

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

Conference memberships[edit]

Annual Classic[edit]

Championships[edit]

National, Black College[edit]

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

National, Division I–AA/FCS[edit]

Year Association Division Coach Selector Record Opponent Score
1978 NCAA Division I–AA Rudy Hubbard Playoffs 12–1–0 Massachusetts 35–28

Conference[edit]

Year Coach Conference Record
1937 Bill Bell Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 7–1–1
1938 Bill Bell Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 8–0–0
1942 Bill Bel Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 9–0–0
1944 Herman Neilson Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 7–3–0
1945 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 9–1–0
1946 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 6–4–1
1947 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 9–1–0
1948 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 8–2–0
1949 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 7–2–0
1950 Co Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 8–1–0
1952 Co Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 8–2–0
1953 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 10–1–0
1954 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 8–1–0
1955 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 7–1–1
1956 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 8–1–0
1957 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 9–0–0
1958 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 7–2–0
1959 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 10–0–0
1960 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 9–1–0
1961 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 10–0–0
1962 Co Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 9–1–0
1963 Co Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 8–2–0
1964 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 9–1–0
1965 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 7–3–0
1967 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 8–2–0
1968 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 8–2–0
1969 Jake Gaither Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 8–1–0
1977 Rudy Hubbard Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 11–0–0
1978 Rudy Hubbard Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 12–1–0
1988 Co Ken Riley Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 6–4–1
1990 Ken Riley Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 7–4–0
1995 Billy Joe Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 9–3–0
1996 Billy Joe Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 9–3–0
1998 Co Billy Joe Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 11–2–0
2010 Co Joe Taylor Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 8–3
Total 35

Division I-AA/FCS Playoffs results[edit]

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 members[edit]

Alumni in the NFL[edit]

Over 60 Florida A&M alumni have played in the NFL,[3] including:

References[edit]

  1. ^ FAMUAthletics.com Style Guide (PDF). Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  2. ^ Powell, Robert Andrew (9 October 2004). "Florida A&M Tries to Recover From Failed Bid". New York Times. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  3. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/colleges/floridaam/

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