The Florida A&M Rattlers and North Carolina Tarheels will indeed play a football game on Saturday despite reports, according to ESPN’s Pete Thamel.
It was being widely reported that the Florida A&M was calling off its scheduled game against North Carolina on Saturday as Rattlers’ head coach Willie Simmons said that he had 20 ineligible players and only seven offensive linemen that could travel.
The original report came form Alison Posey of ABC27 in Tallahassee, who said that the ineligible players, coupled with only seven offensive linemen, wouldn’t be enough to play a football game.
Now, just about an hour after that report, it has been confirmed that FAMU will travel tomorrow to play UNC.
While FAMU will be short-handed against the Tarheels, it is important that they go and play the game. Not only is it precious experience for the players, but there is a massive payday for the athletics department involved as well, as FAMU is set to make $450,000 for playing the game.
It may not seem like a huge amount of money in college football terms, but for an FCS program like FAMU it is a fat check worth traveling for.