WCTV Confirms Carter, Townsend Departure

Rumors have been circulating throughout campus that FAMU head football coach Rubin Carter’s fate was tied directly with last weekend’s Florida Classic against Bethune Cookman in Orlando, Florida. After a 34-7 loss, it appears that the rumors are true.

WANM-90.5 FM Radio had reported that both Rubin Carter and FAMU Athletic Director Nelson Townsend will not return to their respective roles within the FAMU program. WCTV has confirmed these reports with multiple sources connected to the FAMU football program and university.

Both Carter and Townsend had been hired by former interim FAMU President Castell Bryant. On Monday afternoon, WCTV learned that they each met with current FAMU President James Ammons. A decision to let go of each faculty member was then made.

The Rattlers are fresh off their worst season at 3-8, since 2004. Carter is in his third season, having enjoyed greater success in his first two seasons at 6-5, then 7-4 in 2006. The Rattlers season took a turn for the worst following a 1-point win over Tennessee State University in the Atlanta Classic. Citing injuries, senior quarterback Albert Chester Jr. quit the team. At that point, the team was 2-2, but the Rattlers would lose 6 of their final 7 games.

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