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Has anyone read the article in the Boca News entitled:



Division I-A FAU football is spitting image of I-AA team

FAU - THE REAL SLEEPING GIANT
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There is a thread kicking around about that and the one about the dome being silly. My mild response is the world is full of idiots Boca has there fair share writing for newspapers.
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Here is the article:



Division I-A FAU football is spitting image of I-AA team
In My Opinion

Published Sunday, May 1, 2005
by Cory Jennerjohn


Trying to tell the difference between a Division I-A school and its younger sibling ? I-AA ? is about as difficult as telling the difference between Pepsi and Coke.

The Florida Atlantic University football team used to be a Division I-AA team when it began play in 2001.

After earning great wins for the program, they have been able to erase that less-respected second ?A? as they plow forward into major college football.

The NCAA has a rule that every team must draw an average home attendance of 15,000 or face the shameful reality of becoming I-AA.

Last season, in five home games, the Owls drew an average of 10,784 fans. And that is generous considering the ?Shula Bowl? ? the season finale between FAU and FIU ? is played at Dolphins Stadium.

Noticing a need for an injection of fan energy, the FAU athletic department quickly worked to set up a 2005 schedule that would not only garner fan interest but also help them in their inaugural Sun Belt season.

The Owls will have a much tougher slate this season with nonconference road games at Kansas, Minnesota and Louisville.

They will also host Oklahoma State from Dolphins Stadium in a game telecast on ESPN2 Thursday, Sept. 8.

The deal was back-and-forth between Texas and Florida as the Cowboys were looking to get the game played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Not willing to part with a treasured home game ? against a Big 12 opponent no less ? the Owls were able to secure Dolphins Stadium.

The Owls may have a shiny schedule that they can show off to new recruits as their eyes get wide-eyed with the prospect of playing before millions on TV, but that doesn?t mean FAU can?t struggle.

In spring practice that ended last week, the consistent theme has been a lack of leadership as numerous mistakes plagued the field with no player willing to take responsibility and demand better play out of his mates.

The offensive line looked erratic, the wide outs dropped balls and fumbles stalled drives that were beginning to resemble something positive.

Quarterback Danny Embick will have his hands full after filling the shoes of Jared Allen who took the Owls under his wing from its inception and led them to the heights to where they are now.

Now that FAU is in Division I-A they must act like they have 85 scholarship-athletes on their roster, instead of the 63 they were playing with in I-AA. This year will be the litmus test as they shed their I-A provisional status from 2004 to being a full-fledged member of the I-A fraternity.

Just this past Thursday, the NCAA passed a resolution to allow a 12 game regular season schedule beginning in 2006.

This will not only help out university coffers, but will also act as insurance to shield FAU from dipping below the 15,000 fan minimum.

However, according to a April 27 New York Times article, ?In the future, any of the 117 Division I-A teams with an attendance problem may simply be allowed to buy enough tickets to its own games ? at a substantial discount ? to reach the 15,000 seat minimum.?<br>
So it won?t matter how many people stroll through the Lockhart Stadium turnstiles, the FAU brass will be able to gobble up unpurchased seats. That way, no matter how many fans there are, in the books it will always resemble an 18,500-seat sellout.

The line between I-A and I-AA is blurred and muddied with controversy thanks to an enormous amount of money that is there for the taking in major college football.

The Owls may be a I-A team, but still resemble the look of its disliked I-AA sibling.

To contact Cory Jennerjohn call 561-893-6629, or e-mail him at [email protected]
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I have been rather tight lipped as of late, but must put my two cents in on this one.


Noticing a need for an injection of fan energy, the FAU athletic department quickly worked to set up a 2005 schedule that would not only garner fan interest but also help them in their inaugural Sun Belt season.


The scheduling has followed the same formatt every year, schedule the toughest opponents we can get, period - from the very inception of this team the goal was to get to 1-A so why are people so surpprissed now that the Owls are making it happen and schedule 1-A opponents. Yes, one of the by-pruduct of success is that you can attract better opponents which in turn generate more fan interest, it has nothing to do with luck, but everything about setting a goal, a plan and hard work and not letting all this naysayers effect your resolve.




So it won?t matter how many people stroll through the Lockhart Stadium turnstiles, the FAU brass will be able to gobble up unpurchased seats. That way, no matter how many fans there are, in the books it will always resemble an 18,500-seat sellout.

Proffessional teams do this all the time to gaurantee a sell-out in order to have TV rights for a home game, what is the difference. Attendance should have nothing to do with whether the team is 1-A or 1-AA.

And what does this writer expect from this team, if they had any scrupples they would know that we lost 26 starters and the teams was young, so early struggle in springs could and should have been expected - even an FSU struggled through their spring, imagine that.




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I am going to post a story about Coach Schnel later, that was in a commemrative SI mag covering the history of Miami. Like I've said before they don't collect facts juist spew crap and are sorry examples of sports writers. The amazing thing is that when you open the cover guess who is on the inside page talking to his guys… The Pipe,a to think with all the history since 1926 and post Schnell he is the foundation of the magazine.

That is why I suggested to Illinoisowl to ignore the ignorant and the Twits. This instituion is and will continue to grow to become one of the best in the country. Brogan is a winner and knows how to surround himself with winners.
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It's just a case of "ignorant" writers choosing to ignore the "BIG" schools and their shortcomings due to the fact that they have championships and have been on the scene longer. They are probably ancestors to writers that may have criticized UM back in the 70's when they were close to folding as a program. I'm pretty sure that if we all dig deep enough into the past, UM was probably scrutinized just in a similar manner. We (FIU & FAU) are probably under a more magnified lens since there is much more money involved. When we both survive and become successful in lifting up the Sun Belt conference (like UM did for the Big East), I'm pretty sure all of these skeptical writers will be changing their stories. Just make a note of who says what and examine that list in 5-10 years (when we have 30,000-seat stadiums, tougher schedules, and bigger fan bases). Mark my words! ;)
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Not to worry. They guy works in Boca Raton, and his newspaper is in Boca Raton. It is reasonable that he writes about the university in Boca Raton, as opposed to others based elsewhere. As it says at the top of his column, it's his opinion. Even if he didn't support it very well (and he didn't), he's entitled to it, just as we are to ours. Previous posters are correct. To grossly twist a metaphor: Time will wound the heels.

Bye and bye, the columns and stories about FAU will change in nature. We should just be happy that these columns and stories are all that can be found. Pity the poor University of Colorado and the mess it's in. I'll take 100 of the FAU stories any day.
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The only entity that I know that subscribes to the Boca Raton News is the community hospital (all pts get a paper daily), so its no big deal and no big paper.
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Its ashame because the boca news is the paper that does the big 12 page inserts every week we have a game...
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