Florida A&M college football expects to play season opener in North Carolina despite eligibility issues
Florida A&M’s football season opener in North Carolina on Saturday is set to be played despite 20 Rattlers players not being eligible or having completed their trade papers.
A FAMU spokesperson confirmed to ESPN on Friday that the team expects to play.
North Carolina coach Mack Brown and Tar Heels school officials also told ESPN they expect Saturday’s game to continue. The game is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET (ACC Network).
As of 2:15 p.m. ET, the FAMU team had not boarded a flight to Chapel Hill for the game.
Florida A&M coach Willie Simmons told ABC27 in Tallahassee that there were 20 players ineligible due to academics or post-transfer eligibility. A school spokesperson told ESPN the team will have eight eligible offensive linemen.
Florida A&M is set to receive a $450,000 guarantee to play the game, which is part of a celebration of historically black colleges and universities this week on the UNC campus.
“They have eligibility issues,” a UNC source told ESPN before the final decision was made. “You can’t get on a plane if you’re not certified. They’re meeting right now.
“I think they are still coming. We weren’t told they weren’t coming. The DA and the president told us they were still coming.”