Florida Atlantic Owls football


Florida Atlantic Owls football

NCAAFootballSchool
TeamName = Florida Atlantic Owls football


ImageSize = 145px
HeadCoachDisplay = Howard Schnellenberger
HeadCoachLink = Howard Schnellenberger
HeadCoachYear = 7th
HCWins = 42
HCLosses = 47
HCTies = 0
Stadium = Lockhart Stadium
StadCapacity = 20,000
StadSurface = Grass
Location = Ft. Lauderdale (stadium)
Boca Raton (campus)
ConferenceDisplay= Sun Belt
ConferenceLink = Sun Belt Conference
ConfDivision =
FirstYear = 2001
AthlDirectorDisp = Craig Angelos
AthlDirectorLink = Craig Angelos
WebsiteName = FAUSports.com
WebsiteURL = http://www.fausports.com
ATWins = 42
ATLosses = 47
ATTies = 0
ATPercentage = .488
BowlWins = 1
BowlLosses = 0
BowlTies = 0
NatlTitles =
ConfTitles = 1
Heismans =
AllAmericans =
Color1 = Blue
Color1Hex = 003366
Color2 = Red
Color2Hex = FF0000
FightSong = Florida Atlantic Fight Song
MascotDisplay = Owsley the Owl
MascotLink = Owsley the Owl
MarchingBand = Florida Atlantic Marching Owls
PagFreeLabel = Outfitter
PagFreeValue = Nike
PagFreeLabel = Rivals
PagFreeValue = FIU Golden Panthers
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The Florida Atlantic Owls football team represents Florida Atlantic University, a mid-major NCAA Division I-A college football team.

Overview and history

Florida Atlantic University football began play in 2001 and has had only one head coach, Howard Schnellenberger. After competing their first four years as an NCAA Division I-AA independent, the Owls moved to Division I-A and the Sun Belt Conference.

The Schnellenberger Era: The Beginning (1998 - present)

In 1998, Florida Atlantic University announced it was pursuing the creation of an NCAA football program and that Howard Schnellenberger was going to lead the charge, as director of football operations and head coach. After his success in rebuilding programs at the University of Miami and the University of Louisville, Coach Schnellenberger now undertook the role of building a program from scratch. Much like his time at Miami and Louisville, Coach Schnellenberger did not shy from placing lofty expectations and high goals on his newly-created program. Even before FAU would play an intercollegiate game, Coach Schnellenberger explained the goal of FAU football would be to play the best teams it can schedule, in order for the program to aim for a National Championship in Division I-A football. These extreme goals were not unusual from a man like Coach Schnellenberger. At Lousiville, facing threats from the administration that the football team would be terminated, Schnellenberger made the bold (and now famous) prediction, " [We are] on a collision course with the national championship. The only variable is time.” [http://www.msnsportsnet.com/page.cfm?section=6488]

On August 29, 2000, the first practice was held at the Boca Raton campus of FAU, and 164 students showed up to try out for the team. Florida Atlantic joined the NCAA Division I-AA as an Independent team for the 2001 season. Its first-ever intercollegiate competition was against Slippery Rock University, which the Owls lost 40-7 in front of 25,632 fans at Pro Player Stadium. [http://fausports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/090201aaa.html]

The team finished its inaugural season at 4-6 and followed the next season at 2-9. Major accomplishments in its first two seasons include the program's first win, which came in its second game, against Bethune Cookman, 31-28, and won in the first meeting with newly-created South Florida rival, Florida International University, 31-21.

On September 15th, 2007 FAU defeated its first Big Ten opponent with a 42-39 victory over the University of Minnesota. [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/ncaa/scoreboards/2007/09/15/35933_viewcast_recap.html] Furthermore FAU beat Troy University in the final game of the 2007 season to become Sun Belt Conference champions and received an invitation to the 2007 New Orleans Bowl, its first ever bowl bid. As a result, in just the seventh year of the football program's history, and the third year playing in Division I, Florida Atlantic set an NCAA record by becoming the youngest program ever to receive an invitation to a bowl game.

Records

Past seasons

Conference affiliations:
*2001-2004: I-AA Independent
*2005-pres: Sun Belt Conference

Against the Sun Belt Conference

Individual awards and honors

Conference honors

*Player of the Year
**Rusty Smith (2007, QB, So.)
*Coach of the Year
**Howard Schnellenberger (2007)

Post-season bowl honors

*Hula Bowl Invitations
**Jared Allen (2004)
**Chris Laskowski (2004)
**Cergile Sincere (2007)
*Most Valuable Player Award, Bowl game
**Rusty Smith (2007, New Orleans Bowl)

Push for a new stadium

Since football's inception at FAU in 1998, Coach Schnellenberger has publicly led a campaign to build a football stadium on FAU's main campus in Boca Raton. In seven seasons of competition, the FAU Owls have called two stadiums "home" (Dolphin Stadium located in Miami Gardens and currently Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, neither of which are in the same county as Boca Raton). Coach Schnellenberger argued that an on-campus stadium increases popularity of the program and attracts high-caliber recruits.

In 2006, the Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees (FAU BoT) approved the idea of moving forward with plans to build a football stadium on Boca's campus. HKS/Schenkel Shultz are currently designing an open-air, 30,000-seat football stadium (that can eventually be expanded to 100,000 seats) and are due to report back to the FAU BoT on Sept.17th, 2007 [http://fausports.cstv.com/ot/ask-ad-responses.html] to report projected costs and a timetable to break ground on the project.

The stadium is just a part of the university's broader concept of an "Innovation Village", covering the north end of Boca's campus. The Village will include the football stadium, a multi-use Convocation Center for volleyball, basketball and recreation, two parking garages, student housing complexes, an Alumni Center, a wellness and fitness center and strip shopping centers. The Innovation Village will be funded and constructed in stages, with the football stadium being the main concern of the first phase. All relative information on the Innovation Village can be found at FAU's Campus Master Plan (2006-2013).cite web | url = http://wise.fau.edu/facilities/uavp/masterplans-folder/bocaraton-mp-folder/boca-mp-home.php | title = "FAU Master Plan 2006-2013" | publisher = Florida Atlantic University | accessdate = 2006-10-10]

Current coaching staff

Owls in the NFL

Alumni of Florida Atlantic to have signed contracts in the NFL.

Uniforms

Florida Atlantic wears two sets of uniforms (one for home games and one for road games). Produced and endorsed by Nike, the uniforms are traditional in style and simple in color-schemes. The home jersey is the color of "FAU Blue" with white letters and numbers - which are outlined in "FAU Red." The chest plate sports the FAU winged logo. On the shoulder area of the jersey, the traditional, varsity three-stripes highlight the break from the shoulders to the arms. The pattern of the stripes are FAU Red- White - FAU Blue - White - FAU Red. Lastly, the arms of the jersey contain the players' numbers in white, outlined in FAU Red (not shown in picture). The road jerseys are identical in pattern of the home jerseys, simply swapping the blue body for white, and the letters and numbers combination is in FAU Blue.

The home and road pants are same in style. A white body is highlighted with a belt the color of FAU Blue. On the left side directly under the belt, "OWLS" in spelled in FAU Blue outlined in FAU Red in a traditional, varsity typeface font. The three-striped pattern which is on the jersey's shoulder section is found on the pants, as well - in the same color pattern.

Lastly, the helmet is white with the FAU winged logo on both sides. Again, the three-stripe pattern is down the middle of the helmet, in the same color pattern as the jersey and pant.

To date, the Owls have worn the home uniforms at every home game and the road uniforms at every road game - there is no switching roles of the uniforms. Additionally, there is no alternate uniform for the Owls and there have not been plans for any. The uniform set is believed to be traditional and simple due to the old-fashioned, throwback style and attitude of Coach Schnellenberger.

External links

* [http://www.fausports.com FAU Sports] Official athletics website.
* [http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/clubhouse?teamId=2226 ESPN.com: Florida Atlantic Owls Football Clubhouse] ESPN coverage of Florida Atlantic Owls football.
*ESPN College Football Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Game (ISBN 1-4013-3703-1)

References


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