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Florida A&M coach Taylor to retire after season

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 the Rattlers lost to North Carolina A&T, 16-3.

Taylor has been a coach for 41 seasons, amassing a 233-96-4 record as a head coach, including 35-19 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 (3-6) has two remaining, games Nov. 10 against North Carolina Central on Homecoming in Tallahassee and Nov. 17 against Bethune-Cookman in Orlando.