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FAMU tabs ex-NFL player Carter as coach
Published July 20, 2005
TALLAHASSEE - Former University of Miami and Denver Broncos defensive tackle Rubin Carter will be introduced today as the new coach at Florida A&M.
Carter, 52, who spent the past 16 months as defensive line coach at Temple, appeared in two Super Bowls with the Broncos' famed "Orange Crush" defense.
"A homegrown Floridian who has come through the high school ranks, playing his college ball at Miami, an All-American, in the NFL for more than a decade," Florida A&M athletic director Newton Jackson said Tuesday. "That's what all the kids aspire to."
Contract negotiations were to be finalized before today's news conference, Jackson said.
Carter has little time to prepare for the season. Players are due to report Aug. 7 and the opener is Sept. 3 against Delaware State. And he takes over a program in the midst of a schoolwide funding crisis and an NCAA investigation.
The Rattlers were stripped of MEAC championships from 2000 and '01 after an investigation showed 196 NCAA rules violations throughout its athletics program.
A native of Fort Lauderdale, Carter replaces Billy Joe, who was fired last month along with two assistants amid an ongoing cheating probe. Joe, who earned $135,000 annually, was 86-46 in 11 seasons at FAMU. Details of Carter's contract were not released.
"We said our goodbyes," Temple football administrative recruiting specialist Patrice Cohill said. "Our loss, your gain. We're going to miss him. He did a terrific job here."
Carter has not been a head coach and his selection continues a long-standing Florida A&M tradition of elevating assistants. They include the legendary Jake Gaither, Ken Riley, Big Bill Bell and Rudy Hubbard.
"I understand the players were saying he was their No. 1 choice," said state Sen. Al Lawson, a 1970 FAMU graduate. "Everyone that I've talked to gives him high praise."
Carter has coached 17 years at the pro and college levels.
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