Thursday, February 21, 2013

Florida A&M vs. Mississippi Vally State in 2013 MEAC/SWAC Challenge By Disney

Florida A&M Rattlers vs. Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils

ORLANDO, Florida  --  When Florida A&M faces Mississippi Valley State in ninth installment of the MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney Labor Day Weekend, both head coaches will be NFL alums. Earl Holmes, FAMU's newly appointed coach -- he replaced legendary mentor Joe Taylor who retired last season -- played 10 years in the NFL. An All-MEAC first team selection at Florida A&M, Holmes was a fourth-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also played for the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions. Karl Morgan is in his third season as the head coach at Mississippi Valley State, where he led the Delta Devils to an overall 5-6 record last season. Morgan played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Houston Oilers.

"When [players] hear that you've played in the NFL, it gives you some instant credibility," says Morgan, a former UCLA star who earned All-Pac-10 honors in 1982. "You still have to earn their respect, but that [NFL background] helps you out because everybody on the team thinks about going to the NFL regardless of how much talent they have."


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