Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) - Legendary black college football coach Joe
Taylor has announced his retirement from Florida A&M at the end of the season.
He made the announcement to his team Saturday morning at its pre-game
breakfast before playing North Carolina State.
Taylor has been a coach for 40 years, amassing a 233-95-4 record as a head
coach prior to Saturday's game, including 35-18 at Florida A&M. He is tied for
third all-time among black college coaches.
"You know when you know," Taylor said. "From 1972 to now is 40 years. It's
been a blessed career. We've touched a lot of lives. I'm officially announcing
today that this is the year I retire, humbly. Full of gratitude."
Taylor has been a head coach at Howard (1983), Virginia Union (1984-91),
Hampton (1992-2007) and Florida A&M (2008-present), leading 11 squads to NCAA
playoff or bowl appearances.
His greatest success was at Hampton, where he compiled a 136-49-1 record
(.734) and won four black college football national championships (1995, 2004,
2005 and 2006) and eight conference titles.
Florida A&M has two remaining, games Nov. 10 against North Carolina Central on
Homecoming in Tallahassee and Nov. 17 against Bethune-Cookman in Orlando.
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