#information ‘Completely unacceptable’: FAMU football players tell president why they’re taking a knee #WorldNews
The Florida A&M football ineligible participant saga continues with disgruntled players penning a letter to school President Dr. Larry Robinson to specific their considerations over the newest rulings and present state of athletics.
Last Thursday night time, FAMU was informed by the NCAA it had 26 uncertified or ineligible players, ruling them out for the Week 0 season opening loss at North Carolina.
The Rattlers’ flight to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Friday was delayed for over six hours as FAMU and the NCAA tried to resolve the problems.
FAMU football players shared and expressed their frustrations Monday in a five-page letter that was signed by 89 players. Players stated they’ve been misadvised, underrepresented, and underappreciated.
Players of their letter additionally stated they plan to proceed to kneel post-game in protest in the course of the Marching 100’s enjoying of the Florida Song and FAMU alma mater till “significant changes that facilitate a positive student-athlete experience are made.”
The team knelt in protest following Saturday’s 56-24 defeat at UNC.
Players also said the narrative of ineligible players is wrong and implies “we are not performing in the classroom.” Players pointed to university procedural issues within the registrar’s office, compliance department and academic advisement.
“We have kept these issues within the university structure, but since they have not been adequately resolved, we will release this statement to the Board of Trustees and Board of Governors,” the letter stated.
Hours after the letter started circulating on social media, the college responded in an emailed assertion Monday night, saying “We are confident that our processes are effective and timely. We will continue to monitor our efforts in this regards and to pursue all avenues to provide an excellent student experience to every athlete.”
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Isaiah Land passes lessons, however cannot play
Players declare within the letter that 2021 Buck Buchanan Award winner and Division I sack leader Isaiah Land acquired incorrect recommendation for his summer time lessons.
Land registered for 3 two-hour credit score lessons to maneuver nearer to acquiring his bachelor’s diploma. He took and handed the lessons, however was deemed ineligible final week, citing that he wanted three extra hours to be categorized as passable in educational progress.
Land tweeted Sunday that “I can’t wait to suit up with my guys again, but only on God’s timing. To clarify, I am ineligible for a reason out of my control, but I CAN’T AND WON’T be denied.”
The letter acknowledged that FAMU solely has one compliance officer that does not have any information or help of athletic compliance. With over 300 student-athletes, players questioned how the one-person workers might precisely and swiftly do their process.
“It was very damaging to the morale of our football team to read on various media outlets, ’26 FAMU Football Players Ruled Ineligible,'” the letter stated. “At the root of this issue is the fact that our Academic Advisement and Compliance Officers are understaffed.
“The compliance workplace consists of 1 particular person, who has no experience in athletic compliance. How can this particular person be anticipated to certify over 300 athletes in a well timed method?”
FAMU responds to football player’s unease
On Monday night, FAMU released a statement in response to Rattler football’s letter to the president.
In its reply, the compliance team claimed to have properly made assessments to complete the NCAA certification process on Aug. 11 and submitting waivers on Aug. 13— nearly two weeks prior to the Aug. 25 ineligible rulings and first kickoff at North Carolina.
The university said said 13 of the Rattlers’ 14 sports programs met the Academic Progress Rate (APR) requirements per the NCAA’s November 2021 APR Report in “spite of rumors and misinformation on the contrary.”
The FAMU football team, according to NCAA data released in June, did not satisfy the 930 threshold requirement at 901 – the lowest mark in Division I.
While FAMU did not name the non-compliant program in its release, the university shared its compliance team “has been working diligently with Athletics since Fall 2021 to implement plans for the remaining non-compliant program to satisfy the required APR rating and be part of the others in order that one hundred pc compliance is obtain
“FAMU is committed to upholding high standards and rigorous adherence to NCAA guidelines,” the college stated in its launch.
Players really feel they do not have a voice
In their letter, players additionally introduced up the seek for a new Director of Athletics. FAMU continues to be conducting closing interviews for the place.
As the college closes in on a new rent, no student-athletes had been added to the 18-person search committee available. Players talked about the varsity’s have to have an open thoughts by not eliminating candidates that have not been beforehand affiliated with FAMU.
“Concerning the next athletic director, it is our belief that the individual selected should have extensive administrative experience from successful NCAA member institutions, an efficient organizational structure model to address current existing personnel deficits, and a proven track of successful fundraising,” the letter stated.
“The idea of placing a person in the position because of ties to FAMU is not appealing to us at all. We need fresh ideas and innovation to achieve the level of excellence that FAMU Athletics is capable of.”
Late monetary help and fewer tickets for household and pals
When players make the choice to commit and signal to FAMU, this contains some leaving house for a new location.
Players say the transition has been sophisticated by late-arriving monetary help. Players stated “We are reportedly told, ‘It’s a new system, and it’s taking longer to post than normal.’ “
Players described these responses of their letter as “completely unacceptable. This delay in funds has repeatedly left us unable to pay for our basic needs.”
“How can we realistically be expected to perform at a high level when we’re concerned with having adequate academic resources and whether or not we will have a roof over our heads and nourishing for our bodies,” the letter acknowledged.
Comp tickets have additionally turn out to be a difficulty for players. Previously, players had been credited 4 tickets for households and pals to attend.
Just a week in the past, players had been knowledgeable that the tickets might be decreased to 2 tickets per participant, which precipitated households who deliberate on attending to buy tickets to the North Carolina sport at quick discover.
“Our family and support systems should not be burdened in this manner,” the letter stated. “The vast majority of them incur hotel and travel expenses, and the facilitation of game tickets should require minimal effort from our athletic administration.”
In closing the letter, players voiced their FAMU expertise has not met expectations or guarantees.
“We came to FAMU to better our lives and we are expressing concerns about impediments to that goal. We are not interested in further empty dialogue with you or your staff,” they wrote. “We want to see changes made now! We have given our bodies and shed blood, sweat, and tears on behalf of this institution. It’s time for FAMU to reciprocate the love.”
In a assertion launched by the college Saturday morning, President Robinson promised adjustments after the UNC sport almost needed to be canceled.
“The issues raised by these young men will get our full time and attention and will be prioritized by our recently established Athletics Support Committee, which includes administrators and staff from throughout the University community, These matters will be a standing agenda item at my weekly Senior Leadership Team meetings. We will see progress.
Gerald Thomas III covers FAMU athletics for the Tallahassee Democrat. Contact him via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @3peatgee.
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