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After Homecoming Loss, FAMU Begins Search For New Football Coach

Florida A&M University

The search has started for a new football coach for Florida A&M University as the school looks to rebound from two years of losing seasons.

FAMU fired its head coach Earl Holmes last week and recently lost a tight homecoming game, falling to Norfolk State 12-10 in the last seconds of the matchup. The Rattler football team is currently 2 and 7 for the year with three games left in the season.

In a release, FAMU officials say they’ve appointed a nine-member panel to lead the search for a new coach. The group will be chaired by retired NFL player James Wooten, who heads an organization called the Fritz-Pollard Alliance. The Alliance is a non-profit group that promotes equal opportunity in hiring coaches, scouts and executives in the NFL.

FAMU expects to name a permanent head coach by January 2015, in time to start recruiting for the next football season. The football program at FAMU funds most of the school’s other sports and revenue has been down due to low attendance at games. For WFSU News, I’m Lynn Hatter.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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