FAMU discussing possible game at Georgia

Florida A&M will play the University of Miami from the ACC this season, but will it venture into SEC country in 2010?

My AJC colleague Tim Tucker, who covers the University of Georgia, has reported that UGA has had discussions with FAMU officials about possibly playing next season. Georgia has an opening on its 2010 schedule and the game would be played in Athens.

What would Florida A&M gain from playing at Georgia, a program which has won at least 10 games six of the past seven years and would be a prohibitive favorite? Exposure in a state filled with top prospects is always a good thing, and it would give the program its second game in the state of Georgia in 2010 – following the annual match with Tennessee State at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

The bottom line, however, will be the HUGE paycheck FAMU would receive. I’m not privy to any financial negotiations, but Louisiana-Lafayette will get $875,000 to open next season in Athens and New Mexico State will get $925K for a game in Nov. 2011.

The game would likely fall in the middle of the season, which could also fall in the middle of a run toward a MEAC title. But the Rattlers didn’t let anything like that stand in the way of scheduling this season, with their match at Miami one week before playing at preseason MEAC favorite South Carolina State.

So, if this actually comes to pass, would it be a good or bad thing for FAMU?

27 comments Add your comment

Stacy Heard

August 27th, 2009
2:30 pm

Great exposure for the Rattlera, Im from Athens but graduated from FAMU, I would love to see the matchup…Go Dawgs!!!

Al Beeski

August 27th, 2009
2:47 pm

C’mon Leo, give us something better to blog about than this, we all know what kind of financial mess FAMU is in, and this is strictly about dollar$ & $ense. Of course, anytime a HBCU can be a sacrificial lamb for a I-A program, get more exposure, & a fat check it’s a no-brainer. Give your loyal readers a better topic next time, especially considering we have an almost full slate of HBCU games this weekend

Marcus

August 27th, 2009
3:37 pm

2 things:
1. For whatever reason, FAMU (my alma mater) and ATL (my hometown) work well together via the ATL Classic to get a lot of non-athlete ATL (and state of GA) students down there, but the same success for the ATL-area athletes (esp. football) hasn’t been realized in the 15-20 years of the Classic. Saying that to say, this game in Athens (if it comes to pass) may not be a boon to FAMU football recruiting inthe sate of GA, as we seemingly haven’t produced a veritable pipeline of football players after nearly 20 decades of ballin’ in the 100BM/ATL Classic.

2. the original Miami/FAMU game was Labor Day weekend, until ESPN came calling with $$$ to switch Miami and FSUs game (normally 2nd Sat in Oct.) to Labor Day nite … then FSU had to buy out its original game for Labor Day weekend (Univ. of Maine) and the Miami/FAMU game date was swapped to the 2nd Sat. in Oct.

Good for FAMU … yeah, but as good as any other FBS (1-AA)/FCS (1-A) matchup. If anyting, I would like for us to talk-shop with the UGA AD and staff to see what successful things they do that we could adopt and implement (on a relative scale).

djack0062

August 27th, 2009
6:00 pm

I’m sure the young men at FAMU would welcome the opportunity to play UGA…..its about them…right.

djack0062

August 27th, 2009
7:44 pm

Back in the day Grambling would always take on one of the “big boys”. FAMU I believe a few years back was thinking about going up to FBS..so somebody felt they could compete..anyway what is the issue…Georgia (and some other FBS teams) beat the hell out of quite a few FBS/non-FBS schools (Hawaii Sugar Bowl) and maybe some Pro teams….If you eliminate the money element these “kids” just want to show they can compete with the “big boys”….Howard-Rutgers, Grambling-Oklahoma State (this fall), Georgia Tech-South Carolina St (2010),…..just a few.

Mr. Riley

August 27th, 2009
8:27 pm

Yeah this is strictly a paycheck pickup…FAM needs the cheese and UGA is willing to whip that but. As for recruiting, I really don’t see this helping FAM by any means since all of the SEC east teams get the cream of the crop out the state first, then you still have the D-1AA schools here in the state with the SWAC and SIAC getting the remaining players..

CB

August 27th, 2009
10:01 pm

What’s new here. Both South Carolina State and Jackson State play SEC teams this year. So what if it’s for the money? Jacksonville State plays Georgia Tech this year. Do they really think they have a chance to beat Georgia Tech. No. They’re doing it for the money.

ManOfAction

August 28th, 2009
12:17 am

It doesn’t do anything for FAMU other than generate a nearly million dollar paycheck. That is the only reason FAMU is discussing this game, cause they’ll lose by 50. If they want to do their program a real favor, offer Rodney Garner the head coach position.

AtlantaFan

August 28th, 2009
12:58 am

Good for FAMU. I will be there!

bmoney

August 28th, 2009
5:28 am

Does FAMU even have to recruit outside of the state of FL? There are enough prospects there to not have to worry about exposure in GA.

Big Chief

August 28th, 2009
7:10 am

My favorite University period vs. my favorite HBCU….. It just might work. UGA will get a second bye week and FAMU will get a big check…. A win-win situation. PLUS the folks in Athens will have the opportunity to enjoy The Marching 100. Plus coach Richt is a nice guy, so it might not be a total slaughter.

SarccastikFrank

August 28th, 2009
8:04 am

Hell yeah!!! good for HBCU…i’m a SWAC Graduate (Alabama State) I think our conference needs to slowly add the top programs for the financial benefits and exposure.

RattlerBob

August 28th, 2009
10:54 am

Folks wake up. After this season when we win the 1-AA National Championship the Rattlers will get even more top players and if Georgia plays us next year they better be ready. FAMU doesn’t fear anyone and therefore Mark Richt remembers what happen to his Miami Team in 1979 when we beat 16-13 at Doak Campbell Stadium on Florida State campus. So I just want you readers to remember one thing:

“When the dark clouds gather over the horizon, and thunder and lightning pierce the sky, and faith is but a glint in the eye of a fallen rattler, and hope a long lost friend. When the sinews of the chest grow weary from those hard-charging linebackers and the legs grow tired from those hard-charging running backs may their right hand forget its cunning, their tongues cling to roofs of their mouths, as we always remember that the Rattlers will Strike, Strike, and Strike again!

So Georgia bring it and while most of you think we want a pay day we don’t want your money we are coming to get that _ ZZ!!!!

Jennifer B.

August 28th, 2009
11:30 am

What is the point! FAMU is way, way out of its league. It just doesn’t make sense, even for the dollars. It is like Tiny Tim vs Mike Tyson. I’m a graduate of an Atlanta HBCU. My mom and other family and friends are FAMU alumna. I live literally a skip, a hop, and a jump from FAM on this side of the FL/GA line. I take my children to FAM’s homecoming yearly and enjoy the tailgating, food, sights, networking and my sorors. Why would any fan want to see FAM get what we know is coming if they suit up against the Bulldogs. Damn the money, where’s the dignity. Now, individually, many of the rattler players, if given the opportunity, could and would stand toe-to-toe any bulldog player, one-on-one. Many possess like are similar athletic ability. Major difference one at DI and the other at DII, DIII, some were able to clear the elgibility center, others didn’t stand a chance.

AQueFromA&T

August 28th, 2009
12:14 pm

Exposure? Please. Thats what the band is for. Take away the money and FAMU and any other HBCU won’t even put gas in the bus to cross stte lines. Its a win-win for UGA. An easy win thats in the plus column when its time to go for the multi ( like Foghorn Leghorn would say it) I say multi million dollar BCS bowl payout. I bet FAMU tries to charge extra to bring the band. UGA might draw the line on that. Halftime performances don’t count toward BCS bowl berths. Bands only matter to HBCU’s. Not playoffs. Ask the SWAC.

BILLY

August 29th, 2009
12:34 pm

SAY WHAT?? CAN I REMIND YOU IN 1979 FAMU WENT TO MIAMI AND UPSET THE CAINES………COACH RUDIE HUBBARD HAD JUST COME OFF A 1978 D-2 NAT’L CHAMPS.VINCE COLEMAN KICKED THE WINNING FG TO BEAT THEM 17-14….THEN THOSE GOLDEN TIGERS FROM TUSKEGEE ROLLED INTO DOAK CAMPBELL STADIUM,AND BEAT THEM ON THEIR HOMECOMING 16-14,BUT BEFORE THAT WE WENT TO DAYTONA,SPANKED BCC ON THEIR HOMECOMING 18-16. I remember asking students at FAMU who did they have for their Homecoming concert……Guess Who,- the same group BETHUNE had for theirs…..”THE JIMMY CASTOR BUNCH”………I TOLD MY TEAM MATES “WE GONNA WIN THIS GAME”!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE DID……..” WE’RE KNOWN BEFORE WE WENT TO PLAY TEAMS IN FLORIDA AS “THE FLORIDA SPOILERS”,THATS RIGHT “THE FLORIDA HOMECOMING SPOILERS of 1979…..WE EVEN HAD T-SHIRTS MADE!!!

Barry

August 31st, 2009
1:07 pm

LIke all MEAC schoo “WE BACK DOWN FROM NO ONE!!” To take that into account, DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY will be playing MICHIGAN this year. I am confident one of the teams in the MEAC is going to do an Appalachian State beat down like they did Michgan the year before last. Never underestimate a good I-AA school, especially those from the MEAC.

Decatur 4 Life

September 1st, 2009
9:33 am

To Billy and Barry, sounds good but it won’t happen. Miami is going to win big and Delaware St. will get there clocks cleaned just like you imagined. You can’t even compare Appalachian St. with any of the those schools, they have had a lot of sucess in the playoffs the past few years. They are good teams no doubt, but to say that they will win or give them a good game is dillusional. The bigger division 1 school will underestimate them and it won’t make a diference, TRUST ME

Decatur 4 Life

September 1st, 2009
9:41 am

AQueFromA&T – Ask the SWAC what? Yeah we prefer the classics over the playoffs, so what? “The band only matters at HBCU’s”, yeah you right about that too. But we at Southern don’t care nothing about the playoffs, the classic is too much of a payout. Besides who cares if your last a week longer than ours if that. Most schools that go are back home in no time anyway. So you tell me what difference does it make

FAMU1972

September 2nd, 2009
8:25 am

Offer Rodney Garner their head coach job? FAMU’s head coach: Joe Taylor has fielded teams that not only placed guys in the NFL, but also legitimately graduated (i.e. not have tutors do their work). Rodney Garner is part of the in crowd in SEC football, 90% jock, 10% scholar.

FAMU1972

September 2nd, 2009
8:29 am

Does anyone here realize that before the major universities started paying players, the HBCU’s would have kicked their you know whats? Do your research and I guarantee you that the majority of guys in the HALL of FAME played at an HBCU. Notable names: Jerry Rice, Bob Hayes, Walter Payton, Mel Blount. You also had guys like Doug Williams and Steve McNair. Jake Gaither (Former FAMU coach) had a better winning percentage than Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden.

Scott

September 2nd, 2009
8:28 pm

I love the ideal, but i just wanna see the 100 in Athens.

Lawal

September 13th, 2009
11:47 pm

I am ‘91 wildcat grad, and would love for BCU to have that opportunity. Yes the chances for any HBCU to beat a major DI is slim, but the financial award for the institution is awesome. Any player worth a grain of salt would accept the challenge without a second thought.

Sporty

September 22nd, 2009
7:26 am

Folks don’t be so critical of the fact that they are scheduling the game. Those that have issue and are an alumni of the school should be ashamed to have adverse comments. Let me put it this way, have you as an alumni put any finances back into the school. Wheather we like it or not, it takes money to run any thing in the world we live in. Big schools like that have alumni as well as loyalty to put back into their school. When we as a Black culture decise to do that, then we won’t see our schools venturing out to help themselves in this manner. Although it may be a beatiing, go for it!!!!

Tony Williams

September 22nd, 2009
6:41 pm

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I would love this matchup. The Rattlers could certainly use the money and the exposure. TheRattlerswillStrike!

FAMUAKA

September 23rd, 2009
10:38 am

Have any of you watched the movie,”Any Given Sunday”? I ran track @ FAMU and I will never forget when we(FAMU Women 4×100)won the FSU Relays beating LSU’s team. LSU Women was acting just like some of you all, they were like we let this little black school beat us. The sad part was they had an all black relay team and they were acting if attending a SEC school made them better. Any team can be beaten on any given day. Just like I use to joke w/ Warrick Dunn(during his FSU days), if you take every black guy off of the ACC and SEC teams and let them meet up against a HBCU team, who do you think will win? Of course, the HBCU team. Although I was born in the 70’s, I do know HBCU was the only opportunity for black football players back in the day. And I will always remember Coach Bobby Lang giving us the speech before each FAMU RELAYS, IT TAKES A MIGHTY POOR DOG, TO BE BEATEN IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD. SO UGA BE READY BECAUSE THE FAMU RATTLERS WILL BE READY 2 STRIKE.

Jerry Moore, Jr.

September 27th, 2009
9:08 pm

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It’s interesting to read people’s comments who criticize HBCU’s like FAMU playing division 1-A schools. Historically alumni from HBCU’s are not in position to give back thousands and thousands of dollars when we are just trying to make ends meet. If NC Central needs to play Duke let them, if FAMU wants to play Miami then let them, what’s the problem? You put on your uniform, play the game bring your bad ass band, and then get the hell up out of there!

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