Ex-Florida State player Harris takes over at Florida A&M

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Former Florida State player Eugene
Harris was hired as the men's basketball coach at Florida A&M on

University president James Ammons said Harris' contract would be
a four-year deal, though the details were still being finalized.

Harris succeeds Mike Gillespie, who is now serving a year's
probation after a no contest plea to stalking a former girlfriend.
Gillespie coached six seasons for the Rattlers and took the school
to the NCAA tournament on two occasions.

"My goal and my job is to take it to the next level," Harris
said. "To win games in the NCAA tournament and go on to the Sweet

Although he has spent most of his coaching career as an
assistant in collegiate circles, Harris also coached high school
basketball in Tallahassee and Alabama.

Harris played for coach Hugh Durham at Florida State and scored
956 career points. He was a three-year starter and co-captain of a
team that won the Metro Conference in 1978.

"Once a Seminole now a Rattler," athletic director Nelson
Townsend said as he introduced Harris. "These are no ordinary
times and we didn't go looking for any ordinary coach."