By: Kenny Morales | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
July 31, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- FAMU DRS has won just one game in the last two years and have turned their program into the hands of alum Cedric Jones to turn the team around.
Jones comes to his alma mater from John Paul II, where he took a down Panthers' program to an 11-8 record and back-to-back trips to the conference title game.
"The first thing you have to do is get everyone to buy in," Jones told the media last week, "Even if it's the same thing the previous coach had before. If you don’t have 100% buy in, you usually will have fallout. You have to build it from ground level.”
"With all our new coaches, we're going to be good this year," Michael Jones said.
"It's a new FAM. It's a new beginning," added Terrence Cambridge, who also said he and the Baby Rattlers are looking at this season as a "new future, leading up to a state championship."
Below, you can view the FAMU DRS transcript from WCTV's Media Day live blog. If you missed anything from Media Day, you can visit the live blog by clicking here.
FAMU DRS is represented by new head coach Cedrick Jones, as well as D'Andre Johnson, Terrence Cambridge and Michael Jones
Coach Jones in his opening statement
“I’m in the same position I was two years ago. I was taking over a program that had gone through it’s fair share of downturns. You name it, we had to go through it. I’m in the same place where I have to build another program. Hopefully I can do the same thing here that I did at John Paul."
Coach Jones on rebuilding a program
“First thing you have to do is get everyone to buy in - even if it’s the same thing the previous coach had before. If you don’t have 100% buy in, you usually will have fallout. You have to build it from ground level.”
Coach Jones on seeing where FAMU DRS was from the outside
“It was hard. A lot of coaches that are the staff now either played at FAMU DRS or played at FAMU. It’s hard to watch your program go down the tubes. We are finally back, and we’re hoping to put a new footprint on it.”
D'Andre Johnson on learning form Coach Jones
“He has built up my technique in places I was struggling.”
The players on wanting to be apart of a successful season to bring the program back up
Terrence Cambridge: “I see it as a new future, leading up to the state championship. That’s our goal. It’s a new FAM. It’s a new beginning.”
Michael Jones: "“With all of our new coaches, we’re gonna be good this year.”
Coach Jones on new playoff system
“It’s like everyone gets to play iron on iron. You either get in or you don’t. I figure it’s going to be really competitive. Especially with the 15 or 16 transfers we’ve got coming in.”