Florida A&M Submits Application to Move to Division I-A

By BASN News Services
Updated: October 13, 2007

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) —One of the most recognized black colleges in the country wants to move its football program to Division I-A.

Florida A&M, which has an enrollment of 12,463, submitted its application to the NCAA on Monday to formally move its football program from Division I-AA.

No other historically black college is in Division I-A.

The school said the application will be considered when the NCAA Classification Committee meets in July. Florida A&M – which hopes to move by the 2004 season – said it expects an answer by Aug. 1.

Florida A&M has been in Division I-AA since the classification was created in 1978, the year the Rattlers won that level’s first football national championship.

The school also notified its conference, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, of its intentions.

The application makes the Rattlers ineligible for the 2003 Division I-AA playoffs.

The MEAC will likely declare them ineligible for the 2003 conference football title.

The status of Florida A&M’s other sports will be decided by the MEAC Council of Presidents.