|After missing the entire 2012 football season, FAMU’s Marching 100 will return in 2013. (FAMU Photo)|
After more than a year and a half on the shelf, Florida A&M’s Marching 100 finally got the news it was waiting for. FAMU interiem president Larry Robinson announced on Thursday that the world famous marching band will return to the football field this fall. New band director Sylvester Young will decided the definitive date of the band’s return, according to the Tallahasee Democrat’s twitter account.
In other news, FAMU allegedly lifted the Marching 100’s suspension. Too bad they’re still not in the Atlanta Football Classic this year.
— Deej Bradley™ (@deejbradley) June 27, 2013
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsToday’s announcement concludes a 19 month suspension in the wake of the hazing death of former drum major Robert Champion.
FAMU opens its season on Sept. 1 against Mississippi Valley State in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge. The game will be televised on ESPN. It will face Tennessee State in its home opener the following week. The Rattlers are looking to rebound from a 4-7 season last year under the direction of Earl Holmes. Holmes took over the position on an interim basis after the abrupt retirement of Joe Taylor late last season. He was hired as head coach this winter.
While this isn’t a sports story in the traditional sense, anyone who knows anything about black college football knows that the bands are just as important to getting people into games as the teams themselves. And even though FAMU has one of the strongest traditions in HBCU football, its true there as well.
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsWhile nothing will ever be able to replace the life of Champion, it’s time for the Marching 100 to get back to business as usual.