FAMU: Halftime Entertainment Might Be New

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - April 6, 2012 -

Florida A&M may have to use some sort of entertainment besides the famed Marching 100 Band at its football games. FAMU President James Ammons said Thursday he hasn't decided if the band will be reinstated before football season. He suspended in the wake of the death of a drum major, Robert Champion, which is being investigated as a hazing case. FAMU Director of Athletics Derek Horne said at a trustees meeting on Thursday that the school is waiting to see a report from a new anti-hazing committee to determine a response, and will look at other halftime entertainment possibilities. "Its new territory for us," Horne said. "But what we want to make sure that we can do is offer the best experience possible."


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - April 4, 2012 -

Florida A&M University is making plans in case the famed Marching 100 band is not available during the fall football season.

FAMU trustees heard a lengthy presentation on Wednesday about a more than $1 million deficit in the school's athletic program. It was during that discussion that FAMU officials acknowledged that they are looking at offering other entertainment in case the popular band remains on suspension.

FAMU President James Ammons suspended the band in the wake of the death of FAMU death major Robert Champion last November. He died following what police said was hazing while the band was in Orlando.

Trustees will consider Wednesday whether to adopt a new rule that requires all students and faculty to report allegations of hazing to police within 24 hours.

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  • by Seriously Location: Tallahassee on Apr 7, 2012 at 10:04 PM
    I don't understand why you would shut the band down. Yes, I understand that Robert died. But we cannot sit here and act like Robert didn't know what he was doing. They all did. In an interview, the other Drum major said that there were 15 or less people on the bus. Now, if you've seen FAMU's band, you would know that 15 people doesn't scratch the surface when it comes to membership. If you suspend the entire band for the actions of 15 people, you are hurting several students who had nothing to do with the incident. And you hurt the university and student morale. I say let the band play with some strict conditions. Don't get rid of the baby with the bath water. Keep a great program, get rid of the hazing.
  • by sandra Location: tally on Apr 6, 2012 at 09:14 PM
    I'm at tcc. And I know that I've also heard of the graduation rates at famu. I would not go there..It's always in the news for bad reasons not good..like why Caint they balance the books at that school ? For how many years has this been in a row with money missing and the atlectic dept is broke. And yet all you concerned with is the band playing .? Wow. That's kinda stupid
  • by james Location: tally on Apr 6, 2012 at 09:05 PM
    Are they that ignorant at that dime peice of a school that they Caint assemble a halftime show.. lol. And the greatest hbc. College. Yeap. That says it all with what's wrong with it. Go do your homework and you WILL see that famu has the lowest graduation rates in the state .no where near Miami uf usf. FSU. Usf. Sorry its never going to be. Get a clue.
  • by craig Location: tally on Apr 6, 2012 at 08:53 PM
    Lmao. Don't hate on FSU. Cause it OS Biger beter. And not a gheto school like scamu. FSU dosnt steal state money and they didn't lose 40 milion and don't hate on our stadium. . Oh wait if we had to play at brag .we would be mad to.
  • by uf gators Location: TALLAHASSEE on Apr 6, 2012 at 08:45 PM
    Lmao. Sorry had to reond .famu iy a joke. Do go look at test scores it is the worst in the state .it has the lowest graduation rates . I'm a uf grad. It's a school that Caint ever manage there money its a sad school .so stfu. The state should step in a control it .its obvious they Caint
  • by Nicole Location: Midway on Apr 6, 2012 at 06:25 PM
    I will support my school, regardless of the naysayers.
  • by paul Location: tally on Apr 6, 2012 at 04:26 PM
    This school is a big joke. I read there graduation rates. Wow. And there mote concerned with what to do at halftime at a football game.. your loosing millions a year in your athlectic. Dept and you kids there don't graduate l.the worst graduation rate in the whole state. No wonder with the mind set the leaders of this school
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      by Nicole on Apr 6, 2012 at 06:27 PM in reply to paul
      I graduated from FAMU and so did many others. Every program is great and the graduates are awesome. You are a stupid naysayer who probably has only seen a university from the streets. Why are you on here making subtle statments "the worst graduation rate." Do some real research and stop repeating what your dumb friends say or making up data as you go!
  • by Nunni Location: Sneads on Apr 6, 2012 at 02:56 PM
    I guess I need to sell my season tickets -if the band is not going to be reinstated.
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      by Nicole on Apr 6, 2012 at 06:28 PM in reply to Nunni
      Seriously?????????????? The game is not about the band!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Jess Location: Leon Co on Apr 6, 2012 at 12:39 PM
    Dr. Ammons, if you haven't decided yet, you lack a spine and the secrete thug societies within the band will know they are in charge of the University. You really have to suspend them minimum through Jan 3, 2013.
  • by I've got an idea on Apr 6, 2012 at 10:06 AM
    How about a mugging on the 50 yard line? Don't need no band for that.
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      by Nicole on Apr 6, 2012 at 06:28 PM in reply to I've got an idea
      You are stupid!
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