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