Florida A&M football team is down to eight ineligible players

Florida A&M’s football team has eight players ineligible for Sunday’s game against Jackson State, sources told ESPN’s Pete Thamel, up from 26 in last week’s loss to North Carolina.

Point pitcher and 2023 NFL prospect Isaiah Land will be eligible, along with starting right tackle Cam Colvin, all-conference defensive back BJ Bohler and reserve wide receiver Nick Dixon. Players are now eligible through appeals approved by the NCAA on Friday.

The news comes four days after nearly 90 FAMU players wrote a scathing letter to school president Larry Robinson that blamed ‘procedural issues within the registrar’s office, compliance department and academic councils’. for ineligibility.

The letter implored Robinson for “changes being made now” and said “we are not interested in empty dialogue with you or your staff”. The letter says the players knelt in protest during two school songs played after the game against UNC and will continue to do so “until meaningful changes facilitate a positive experience for students- athletes are brought”.

The university responded by saying it is committed to maintaining a culture of compliance and adhering to NCAA guidelines.

“We are confident that our processes are efficient and timely,” the school said Tuesday. “We will continue to monitor our efforts in this regard and pursue every avenue to provide an excellent student experience for every athlete. FAMU is committed to maintaining high standards and strictly adhering to NCAA guidelines.”

FAMU will take on Jackson State in the Orange Blossom Classic in Miami on Sunday, a nationally televised game on ESPN2.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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