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FAMU Athletic Director announces retirement, replacement to be announced Saturday

Posted at 2:31 PM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 21:36:36-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida A&M says Athletic Director Dr. John Eason has announced his retirement, effective December 2.

The school says the new AD will be formally announced Saturday morning.

Eason has been athletic director at the school since Dec. 1, 2017.

He played football for FAMU from 1964-1967, under Hall of Fame coaching legend A.S. “Jake” Gaither. Eason blossomed into an All American tight end and punter and was inducted into the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.

His voice was also familiar to fans as he was the play-by-play announcer and executive producer of the Rattler Sports Radio Network for more than 30 years.

In a statement, Dr. Eason stated:

“It has been my esteemed honor to be able to serve my alma mater at a pivotal time in the history of the University. In each of my professional endeavors, it has been my intent to make things better and to make a difference. In my brief tenure, I believe that my team and I have made a difference in the lives of the young student-athletes and the athletics department. The new field turf, the refurbished academic center and improved APRs for some sports remind me that this has been time well spent. There is still much to do, and I wish the next Athletics Director the very best as he assumes this role.”