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.