FAMU A.D. Derek Horne's Rattler Progress Report

By: Elton Gumbel; Alyssa Orange Email
By: Elton Gumbel; Alyssa Orange Email

Just a few years ago the FAMU Rattlers' athletic road seemed to be full of speed bumps and maybe even a few wrong turns. But now their Wahnish Way is brighter and brighter by the day. For the last 149 days (and counting), Quitman, Georgia native Derek Horne has been settling into his role as athletic director.

Having the Rattlers win a MEAC football title just 4 months into the job helps make the new gig easier... But now that FAMU has transitioned from football and started putting the focus on Winter and Spring sports, the new leader has had a little bit of time to sit back and evaluate the state of the program. Safe to say, he likes what he sees.

"We have a great opportunity to be successful... The basketball season is still early in the MEAC and there's still time to get that in order. I'm excited to see what Coach Veronica Wiggins and Coach Brett Richardson do with softball and baseball. Track team has done well... For the most part, we are at the beginning of this semester so everybody has opportunity to grow. The best way to be sucessful is to keep competing for MEAC championships and playing in the ncaa playoffs." said Horne.

The 6-foot-8 former basketball team captain at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) discussed a number of other FAMU sports topics in an exclusive interview with WCTV's Elton Gumbel.

Topics ranged from the change in the annual Atlanta Football Classic, his evaluation of the first 4 months on the job, his expectations of the spring sports, and his baptism into the Florida Classic football fever between FAMU and Bethune-Cookman.

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  • by robert.lucas Location: Alanta,GA on Jan 16, 2011 at 06:53 AM
    I am sure given the opportunity to put his imput in to action Derek wil bring FAMU Sports back to the position that we are use to. It still go back to having the finance that is needed to recruit and offer fair scholrship money to prospects. FAMU obviously have a great tradition in Athletics. But we are no longer the first sports team that come to mine. We must be able to get out early and beat the bushes for the top players for all teams. It can't be we just don't have the money. Look forward to our return to greatness. There must be a plan put in place by the coach and administration must have he resources to make it happen. It is not a over nite thing.People sayt it is not enough Blacks playing baeball, that is not true. It take money to bring them in. Look at the ratio of black players at many of the HBCU's.TSU, SU, PVSU, ASU, ABU. These schools have high percentages of black players. Recruiting good D-1 Players in the state of Florida is extremely hard Many wanted to ply at FAMU.
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