FAMU head football coach Alex Wood resigns

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Alex Crescenti | WCTV Eyewitness
November 20, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Many students at Florida A&M University say they want a winning football program. But they have mixed feelings on Coach Wood's resignation. Some say it's necessary, others, bittersweet.

"Hopefully it's good for them in the end, but it is kind of sad to see a coach leave," said freshman Jordan Ulee.

Just weeks ago, Athletic Director Milton Overton announced he was leaving the position. Now, Coach Wood has resigned as head football coach. Some say constant turnover is a problem and that the football program has lost some of its luster.

"I'd say FAMU is probably known more for their Marching 100, not so much the football team, but we still support them," said freshman Jordan Walker.

As the search for Wood's replacement begins, fans are weighing in on what they want from a new coach.

"Someone who can bring in athletes, good athletes. Someone who can, you know, be a role model to these athletes," said Avery Jacobs, a junior at FAMU.

"I hope he has a good winning plan and we can win a few more games...More than we did this year," said Ulee.

Students hoping the new hire helps reinvigorate Rattler nation.

"You know, I think once we have that, this crowd, this FAMU atmosphere, will just be so ecstatic like across campus," said Jacobs.

By: Aubrey Brown | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 20, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Alex Wood has resigned his position as Florida A&M University's head football coach and will step down Monday.

Athletics Director Milton Overton Jr. announced Wood's resignation Monday morning.

Overton said, "Wood has served FAMU Athletics with honor as he worked to help rebuild the Rattler football program during the past three seasons. We thank him for his dedication and service."

In 2014, Wood was named FAMU's 17th head football coach. His three-year contract was set to expire at the end of this year.

Wood was 8-25 in three seasons. The Rattlers went 3-8 this season and 2-6 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Offensive line coach Edwin Pata, a former Florida State University football player and FAMU alumnus, will serve as interim head football coach.

A national search for a new coach will be led by John Eason, who becomes interim athletic director on December 1. Overton is leaving to serve as athletic director at Kennesaw State University.

Possible replacements for the position include Godby head coach Corey Fuller, a former FAMU coach, and former UF receivers coach Joker Phillips, who was also a finalist for the FAMU coaching job back in 2014.

Lincoln High School head coach Quinn Gray, a former FAMU quarterback, said he would not apply for the position.

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