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FAMU on the upswing as Florida Classic approaches

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On Saturday, Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman will meet on the football field as they do every year. They have played since 1925, but in 1978 the November contest earned its present moniker of the Florida Classic. While most eyes are on Florida’s major colleges each week, these two FCS/Division II schools seek to earn the title of Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. But the Florida Classic, played in Orlando one week before Rivalry Week among FBS/Division I schools, is arguably the most…

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Power struggle at FAMU after hazing death brings new crisis

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Trustees at Florida A&M University turned to an outsider — and the school’s first female president — to lead them out of the turmoil that followed the hazing death of a Marching 100 drum major. But 18 months later the historic school is facing a new crisis marked by allegations of harassment and insubordination — and complaints from politicians. FAMU President Elmira Mangum is locked in a power struggle with some of her trustees that could short-circuit her tenure at…

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