By Steven J. Gaither
Less than two years after taking over the football program at his alma mater, former NFL linebacker Earl Holmes is out as FAMU head coach. Holmes firing comes days before FAMU’s homecoming game against Norfolk State. Assistant Corey Fuller will take over head coaching duties.
@JordanCulver reporting that Earl Holmes told #FAMU players he was fired at 1 p.m. today. @HBCUDigest @HBCU_Lifestyle @HBCUGameday
— doug blackburn (@dblackburn) October 28, 2014
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js FAMU dropped to 2-6 on Saturday after losing 40-21 to North Carolina A&T. Holmes record at FAMU stands at 6-16, with 2013 as his only full season as head coach. He originally took over on an interiem basis back in 2012 when legendary coach Joe Taylor suddenly retired in early November.
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js The FAMU were reportedly not happy about the firing. There had reportedly been some talk of a Grambling-style boycott, but despite a tense meeting with Winslow, that appears to have been avoided.
RT @JordanCulver: #FAMU football players, led by Damien Fleming, meeting with Winslow. Winslow asked, “Don’t y’all have a book to read?”
— HBCU Gameday (@HBCUGameday) October 28, 2014
#FAMU QB Fleming calls loss of coach “devastating” but says players WILL NOT boycott homecoming. @HBCUGameday
— Jordan Culver (@JordanCulver) October 28, 2014
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Earlier today, Holmes did not show up for a scheduled media event, while several of his players did.
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