Tallahassee, Florida- August 31, 2012
The FAMU Rattlers are off to their first football game of the season. It's a season that will go in with the notable absence of the Marching 100 band.
The party started early this morning as dozens of fans came out to show their support for the football team and coaches as they head out of town to face off against Tennessee State... for their first game of the season.
But even as excited as everyone was for the return of football, there was definitely a notable absence in the room. Now for as long as fans can remember the Marching 100 has been a staple at FAMU football games. This year, however, they will not even be on the field.
The world-renowned band was suspended for the season following the tragic hazing death of Drum Major Robert Champion after the Florida Classic last year.
A few players on the team all share a similar mindset-- that while it is unfortunate, as a team they're staying focused and they're ready to do work on the football field this year.
The players and coaches will be flying out of Tallahassee within the next hour or so. They'll take on the Tennessee Tigers Saturday evening at 6 o'clock.