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Florida A&M releases 2012 Football Schedule
Wed Feb 15, 2012 - 1:36pm    Print

TALLAHASSEE, FL  - The Florida A&M Department of Athletics announced its 2012 football schedule today which opens with five of the first six play dates on the road, featuring the Tennessee State Tigers in the "Big" John Merritt Classic on opening day, followed by a date out west against the fabled Oklahoma Sooners of the Big 12 Conference.

Head Coach Joe Taylor and the Rattlers aim to improve on their 7-4 record of a year ago and compete for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title, armed with a core of returnees and a host of promising newcomers.Florida A&M University

The Rattlers start off the season with a visit to Nashville, Tenn. on Sept. 1, to face the "Big Blue" Tigers of Tennessee State. The match-up will be the first for the Rattlers and Tigers since the 2010 Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic, and continues a long-standing rivalry dating back to 1944.

On Sept. 8, the Rattlers visit the perennial BCS national title contending Sooners of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., in the annual matchup against an NCAA FBS opponent.

FAMU took on USF in Tampa a year ago, and are scheduled to visit Columbus, Ohio in 2013 to face Urban Meyer’s Ohio State Buckeyes.
On Sept. 15, the Rattlers will open their 2012 home and MEAC schedules in the friendly confines of Bragg Memorial Stadium, against the Pirates of Hampton University, then conference play continues Sept. 22, with the Rattlers in Dover, Del., to face the Hornets of Delaware State University.

The Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic, will take place on Sept. 29 in the Georgia Dome, pitting the Rattlers against yet another long time non-conference foe in the Jaguars of Southern University.

MEAC play resumes for good on Oct. 6, as the Rattlers visit the nation's capital, Washington, D.C., for a matchup with the improved Howard Bison.

On Oct.13, the Rattlers will celebrate Homecoming against the Savannah State Tigers, then will welcome Buddy Pough and the Bulldogs of South Carolina State University on Oct. 20.

After an open date on Oct. 27, the Rattlers head to Greensboro, N.C., to take on the North Carolina A&T Aggies the kick off the final month of the season on Nov. 3, then they return to Tallahassee for the 2012 home finale, the Prince Hall Shriner's Diabetes Football Classic on Nov.10, against the Eagles of North Carolina Central University.

The regular season ends Nov. 17 as the Rattlers take on the Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Florida Classic in Orlando. Slated to be televised nationally by ESPN Classic.

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FAMU 2012 Football Schedule
Sept. 1st @ Tennessee State
Sept. 8th @ Oklahoma
Sept. 15th Hampton*
Sept. 22th @ Delaware State*
Sept. 29th Southern (Atlanta Football Classic)
Oct. 6th @ Howard*
Oct. 13th Savannah State*
Oct. 20th South Carolina State*
Oct. 27th BYE
Nov. 3rd @ North Carolina A&T*
Nov. 10th North Carolina Central* (Homecoming)
Nov. 17th Bethune-Cookman* (Florida Classic)
*Conference games

Update: April 16, 2012 - FAMU Sets New Date For Homecoming

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -Florida A&M University (FAMU) has pushed its Homecoming back to November 10, 2012, to ensure that alumni and other supporters will be able to secure hotel accommodations as the University celebrates its 125th Anniversary.

"With this being the historic 125th anniversary of Florida A&M University, we wanted to allow as many people the opportunity to enjoy the weekend of activities as possible," said Derek Horne, director of athletics at FAMU.

Due to the fact that there is another major event in Tallahassee on the original date set for Homecoming, access to accommodations and other resources were hampered on Oct. 13.

"We have been in discussion with alumni leadership on this matter and the University and the Department of Athletics have both agreed to this solution," said Horne. "FAMU is committed to serving the needs of the university, alumni and community, and this change helps to make this possible."

This year, FAMU will celebrate its 125th Anniversary during Homecoming 2012 and will honor 125 Outstanding Alumni during the President's Gala scheduled for Friday, November 9, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Lawson Center. In addition, the Homecoming Convocation is scheduled for Friday, November 9, 2012 at 10:10 a.m.

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