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FAMU coach Joe Taylor to retire

Florida A&M coach Joe Taylor told his team Saturday he would retire at the end of the season.

Taylor, 62, is in his fifth season with the Rattlers, who finish the season Nov. 17 in the Florida Classic against rival Bethune-Cookman.

"We didn't want to announce it too early because I don't want a whole lot of fanfare," Taylor told the Tallahassee Democrat after the team meeting in Greensboro, N.C., where FAMU plays North Carolina A&T. "There are three games remaining, and I just want them to enjoy the last three."

FAMU entered the day 3-5 on the season, giving Taylor a 35-18 record at the school. His career mark is 233-95 with his longest stint at Hampton University (1992-2007).

Athletic director Derek Horne told the Democrat he was surprised by the decision.

"I've learned a lot from him," Horne said. "He has made an impact on a number of lives. He's thought about his decision, and we're going to celebrate what he's done; he's done a great job for young men and college athletics."

FAMU coach Joe Taylor to retire 11/03/12 [Last modified: Saturday, November 3, 2012 2:54pm]
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