We present them here for purely educational purposes. You don't really know where the peak was until you've begun to come down. [2] Florida A&M of 1978 remains the only team from an HBCU to play in the I-AA/FCS national championship game. Wood was the fourth head coach for some guys [including interims] in the last four or five years. [1] With the exception of seven teams from the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), Division I teams from the 1977 season played in Division I-A during the 1978 season. In June 2005, three seasons after his Rattlers led Georgia Southern in the first round of the playoffs and five years after leading Youngstown State, Joe was fired by an interim athletic director. He scrambled to play at The Citadel. Question, Comment, Feedback, or Correction? The 1978 Florida A&M Rattlers football team represented Florida A&M University in the 1978 NCAA Division I-AA football season. YSU's Jeff Ryan completed a 46-yard strike to Elliott Giles for a touchdown. "Alex Wood came in last year. The Rattlers had an overall record of 12–1 and were the Division I-AA national champions. Visit ESPN to view the Florida A&M Rattlers team roster for the current season. He spent two years as the Eagles' running backs coach under Dick Vermeil. For the first Division I-A (now FBS) season, see, 1978 NCAA Division I-AA football playoff participants, 1978 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game, 1978 Big Sky Conference football standings, 1978 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings, 1978 Ohio Valley Conference football standings, 1978 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings, 1978 Yankee Conference football standings, 1978 NCAA Division I-AA independents football standings, List of NCAA Division I-AA/FCS football seasons, Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, 1978 NCAA Division I-AA football rankings, "1978 NCAA Division I Football Championship", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=1978_NCAA_Division_I-AA_football_season&oldid=962632883, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant, This page was last edited on 15 June 2020, at 05:15. / Yankee Conference – UMass, The bracket consisted of three regional selections (West, East, and South) plus an at-large team. "He was an assistant for Vermeil for two years. The 3-8 record was kind; the Rattlers were easily the worst team in I-A. Media Requests In 1978, Florida A&M was a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), a Division II conference. Do you have a blog? The Florida A&M Rattlers won the first I-AA championship, defeating the UMass Minutemen in the Pioneer Bowl, 35–28. As a matter of policy, Sports Reference only reports the results of games as played on the field. A player does not have to sit out a year if he is transferring from a I-A/FBS institution to I-AA/FCS. The Division I-AA season began in August 1978 and concluded with the 1978 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game played on December 16 at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls, Texas. Big attendance and a run of success can make you dream big. Copyright © 2000-2020 Sports Reference LLC. Are you a Stathead, too? Wt. Reed had won one game in three years. In 1998 and 1999, the Rattlers ranked in Jeff Sagarin's top 100. Ohio Valley Conference – Western Kentucky By 2001, they had fallen to 182nd. Then again, we'd be recruiting against them, so they might not want to play. Some school's results have been altered by retroactive NCAA penalties. We had to upgrade and address every area. SOS: 12.30 (3rd of 138) . Lee Kunz (38) Linebacker. Odds almost always favor going for it in such situations, but the Rattler defense had been excellent. In 1979, Joe changed jobs but remained in Philadelphia. More Team Info With a paper-thin roster, the Rattlers traveled to Illinois, Tulane, Temple, Virginia Tech, and FIU, going 0-5 and losing by an average of 46-12. A couple left. Before 2004 was over, the university saw this had been a mistake. Billy Joe turned Florida A&M into an FCS powerhouse and had visions of something bigger. The university had successfully petitioned the NCAA for Division I classification (Division I-AA in football), which took effect on September 1, 1978. In that moment, the future was green and orange. Are you a Stathead, too? Copyright © 2000-2020 Sports Reference LLC. Officials groveled to the MEAC (which was never particularly happy with the "independent in football, MEAC in everything else" arrangement) to earn football membership in the conference back. Read more about our data coverage. Skip to navigation. "I don't know if the door to FBS can ever be completely closed," he says. Every Sports Reference Social Media Account, Site Last Updated: Monday, November 2, 9:42AM. Why not make the leap to the eventual FBS? 1978: FAMU wins the inaugural NCAA I-AA title in 1978, beating UMass in the finals, 35-28. "At Central State, he may have been using some of those NFL concepts there, but they scored 101 points on a school [poor Lane College in 1989], and the coach from the other team literally ran across the field waving a white towel.". A former star recruit from down the road in Quincy, Simmons was a ringleader. You are no longer allowed to jump to FBS without an invitation from an FBS conference. ", That time FAMU nearly made it in college football's top level, but the timing was all wrong. Powered by 247Sports Composite; Football Team Rankings | Basketball Team Rankings | Football Class Calculator | … FAMU went 8-3 in the 1999 regular season, starting 1-2 with losses to Miami and Tennessee State. And he had success in the past to back it up. Roster includes most starters and key reserves. [4] While the SIAC was a Division II conference, FAMU had successfully petitioned the NCAA for Division I classification (Division I-AA in football), which took effect on September 1, 1978. It was the offensive high point for him there. On June 9, 2003, FAMU submitted its application, seeking Division I-A status by 2004. Bill Walsh's West Coast offense was premised around spreading defenders from sideline to sideline with the goal of beating a stressed defense vertically. From the AFL, Denver picked him in the 11th. He remains optimistic. Or write about sports? They lost at home to FAU, 38-8. But a lot was tied in with administrative changes, budgets. Find out more. Watch our How-To Videos to Become a Stathead, Subscribe to Stathead and get access to more data than you can imagine. Mounts, Clemson receiver Ronnie Thomas, Bowling Green defensive lineman Dexter Wallace, Virginia Tech linebacker Chris Buie, Indiana defensive back Julius Ware -- as part of an immediate upgrade attempt. On July 21, the NCAA approved the application. As a matter of policy, Sports Reference only reports the results of games as played on the field. ACC Network FAQs All rights reserved Hollins was at FAMU when Joe got there and is still in the sports information department. [3] Florida A&M (FAMU) of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) was the at-large selection. Meanwhile, the NCAA was circling. "The offense was kind of a natural," says Hollins. The alma mater of Wimbledon champion Althea Gibson, baseball hall-of-famer Andre Dawson, and Olympic gold medalist Bob Hayes made baseball's NCAA tournament for the first time in 2015, has one of the top softball programs in the MEAC, and appears to be in the upper half of the MEAC in most sports. / The athletic director who conceived and fast-tracked the idea had resigned. Wilbert Montgomery rushed for 1,512 yards under his tutelage in 1979, and in 1980, the Eagles went to their first Super Bowl. "He addressed most of his needs and brought in about 10 JUCO kids so far. Central State scored and scored and scored: 508 points in 1983, 667 in 1989. They finished their regular season with a 9–1 record, including a win over Bethune–Cookman in the Florida Classic rivalry game. FAMU's output regressed to 23 points per game in 2003, and the Rattlers fell to 6-6, its worst record under Joe. Under Jake Gaither from the end of World War II until 1969, the Rattlers were one of the two anchors of Black college football alongside Eddie Robinson's Grambling. The university was suddenly a I-A program, but it no longer had a leg up on FCS opponents. FAMU committed two personal foul penalties, and after 11 plays and 72 yards, another touchdown pass gave YSU the lead. Imagine coming in on the tail end of all of this, though. This is finally the time for Wilson to get his due. Joe went to Denver, where he became the AFL's Rookie of the Year. We present them here for purely educational purposes. Ht. "Savannah State has gone through that same type of transition lately, but they have struggled for years. 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