Rattlers seek return to Mid-Eastern conference

Updated: February 17, 2004, 12:12 PM ET
Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- Florida A&M is trying to rejoin the Division I-AA Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, a week after delaying its move to Division I-A.

Florida A&M sent a letter to the NCAA on Monday outlining its desire to return to Division I-AA status and the MEAC.

While the school awaits a response from the conference, MEAC officials are trying to work out a 2004 schedule that would have Florida A&M with a full slate of league games.

"Obviously that will be addressed in the very near future," MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas said. "By no means is anything finalized at this juncture."

Florida A&M aborted its effort to move up in football when the school's trustees voted 7-5 to support a recommendation by university President Fred Gainous to delay the move.

Gainous said the delay was necessary because the school's football stadium lacks Division I-A facilities and its field house compares poorly with high school facilities.

The school was without a complete football schedule for the upcoming season with contracts to play at Oklahoma, Illinois and Virginia Tech. Toledo was the team's only home game, but that game has been removed from the schedule, interim athletic director Joseph Ramsey II said.

The school had $450,000 guarantees for its game at Oklahoma and Illinois.


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