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don't know if I've ever posted this is from NY reporter.... from dec 07'


December 25, 2007 – BASED on the number of friends, family and co-workers I have spoken to who say they're heading to Florida this time of year, I'm guesstimating that 5-10 percent of all New Yorkers travel to the Sunshine State.
Snowbirds now have the option of remaining in the land of palm trees year 'round if they miss their college football. Florida Atlantic University athletic director Craig Angelo, whose Owls defeated Memphis, 44-27, in the New Orleans Bowl on Friday, says that if FAU continues to make progress at the same rate it has, the Owls will be competitive with any team in the nation in 10 years.
Don't laugh, because that's exactly the response Greg Schiano got when he arrived at Rutgers and said the Scarlet Knights would compete at the highest level. It's also the same reception Jim Leavitt received at South Florida, which rose to No. 2 in the nation this season.
Angelo spent seven years at Miami, which emerged as one of the nation's top programs in the early 1980's under coach Howard Schnellenberger, who now just happens to coach FAU.
The Owls took two huge strides this weekend toward the goal of becoming relevant on the national stage. The first was beating Memphis. By winning the New Orleans Bowl, FAU got a huge boost in its efforts to fund and build a $65 million stadium on its campus in Boca Raton, Fla.
Mayor Steve Abrams, who initially was cool to the idea of a stadium, accompanied the Owls on their trip to New Orleans and returned a supporter of the program. He has pledged a parade after the New Year to honor the Owls.
Most of the money for the stadium will be raised in the form of bonds. But FAU must raise $8 million in private funds. The university had just under $2 million before the bowl game. That's before a parade and before Boca residents realize they can have their very own luxury box in a stadium that also is looking to sell its naming rights.
With an on-campus facility and the wealth of talent in South Florida, it's not crazy to think that a decade from now FAU might be a player in college football.
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December 25, 2007 – BASED on the number of friends, family and co-workers I have spoken to who say they're heading to Florida this time of year, I'm guesstimating that 5-10 percent of all New Yorkers travel to the Sunshine State.
Snowbirds now have the option of remaining in the land of palm trees year 'round if they miss their college football. Florida Atlantic University athletic director Craig Angelo, whose Owls defeated Memphis, 44-27, in the New Orleans Bowl on Friday, says that if FAU continues to make progress at the same rate it has, the Owls will be competitive with any team in the nation in 10 years.
Don't laugh, because that's exactly the response Greg Schiano got when he arrived at Rutgers and said the Scarlet Knights would compete at the highest level. It's also the same reception Jim Leavitt received at South Florida, which rose to No. 2 in the nation this season.
Angelo spent seven years at Miami, which emerged as one of the nation's top programs in the early 1980's under coach Howard Schnellenberger, who now just happens to coach FAU.
The Owls took two huge strides this weekend toward the goal of becoming relevant on the national stage. The first was beating Memphis. By winning the New Orleans Bowl, FAU got a huge boost in its efforts to fund and build a $65 million stadium on its campus in Boca Raton, Fla.
Mayor Steve Abrams, who initially was cool to the idea of a stadium, accompanied the Owls on their trip to New Orleans and returned a supporter of the program. He has pledged a parade after the New Year to honor the Owls.
Most of the money for the stadium will be raised in the form of bonds. But FAU must raise $8 million in private funds. The university had just under $2 million before the bowl game. That's before a parade and before Boca residents realize they can have their very own luxury box in a stadium that also is looking to sell its naming rights.
With an on-campus facility and the wealth of talent in South Florida, it's not crazy to think that a decade from now FAU might be a player in college football.

This was posted just after we won. I don't think it's from NY I think it's an AP story but it appeared in Newsday

My two favorite teams are FAU, and who ever is beating FIU!
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