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I've lived this life before. 2 times....

Just looking and reading about the aggravation and suggestions about FAU's struggles. I agree with almost all of the views by the board. I have come to deal with it a little more long term manner. It still hurt to lose and for the team to not play that well but I revert to my partial sanity in these trying situation.

I lived it with Rutgers in the 70's when they wanted to play with the big boys. Slight problem: All the good athletes from Jersey went to Penn St, Pitt, ND or Syracuse. RU had the biggest linemen but no speed. They are still battling for athletes in the area but now their Coach is coming to Florida for speed so they will continue to get better. They still have up and down years but the fans still fill up the stadium even when they are/were losing.

Then the USF fresh start in the 90's in Tampa. Same thing. Athletes went to UF,FSU and UM. They struggled for awhile and then they went to play with the big boys. Now they have turned the corner and seem to be headed in the right direction in getting top flight athletes.

That's the key in winning and staying on top. Both schools I've mentioned had the same problems as FAU have right now. D1-AA athletes have to cycle through the system. This is not a knock on the guys who are playing their hearts out every game and practices. But the truth is that from top to bottom we are not that strong beyond the 3rd set of players. Statistically we can match up well into the top 25 players of Mid Major teams. Once the subbing starts then the problems starts. Traditionally when you see the top teams like USC,Texas,OSU,ND etc..make substitutions you always hear about"no drop off in talent".
Our cycle will take some time because of where we're located in Florida. I don't want to get into the stadium issue (for the 100dth thread) but winning will also make the upper tier players want to come to FAU. We had some very good players who didn't pan out academically so that hurt us this year too.

So this will take some time but the payoff is worth it. This is my Ground Hog Day. Again…. 8-)
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Speaking of USF. Three starters were suspended from the team for 6 games including the FIU game this past Saturday. A WR, DE, and RB for rules infraction. Appeals were denied for a shorter penalty on Tuesday. Word is that two of the player's friend from a Miami area HS is not to happy and one may consider FAU instead.

Stay tuned…
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I think we should start a count-down to our homeopener or first conference game. Something positive to look forward to for those who are going crazy!!
(P.S. only a few more months before I can actually prescribe something for you :) )
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mh2os said

I think we should start a count-down to our homeopener or first conference game. Something positive to look forward to for those who are going crazy!!
(P.S. only a few more months before I can actually prescribe something for you :) )

Congrats DOC!! Can you make mine Pepto Bismol and Coke on the rocks?

The SB Conf is right around the corner. Frustration comes with the losses. It would be nice to score a TD this week to see how they celebrate on the sidelines. Even a penalty flag would be understood after the TD.. :)
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Hell, I would take a penalty flag for celebrating ;D, O.G. Your opening post is an excellent slant on this program. We no matter what have got to continue to support this team and the other athletic venue's at FAU. Especially Alums, Fans, Parents and students.

This is you program and when compared to the schools they have and will continue to play are baby's. Most programs are at least 40 plus year old. It will get better, just as Miami did in the eighties. Miami started in 1926 and they were o.k. but nothing earth shattering. Look at there record and it was similar. But for the most part they sucked until the 80's.

Kind of like what O.G. said as the depth chart gets stronger so will the program.
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BTW..I also camped out in the snow for Giants tickets in the 70's. They sucked so bad that they were light years before the (S)aints with the paper bags over their heads. 8-)
Then I moved to Tampa in the mid 80's with the Orange Pants wearing Buccaneer Bruce. I won't even get into that long losing situation.. ;D

But it all paid off. Three times. Giants: 1987 vs Denver and then they came down to Tampa in 1991 vs Buffalo!! Finally the Bucs vs Raiders in '03.


We all want a winner on the field but sometimes I wonder if the early success of the team got us on a fast track thinking to the championship game. What we accomplished in D1-AA was remarkable! We integrated some good athletes over the next couple of years into the system. Unfortunately we lost some key players in the process. But just look at the progress of the O-Line this year alone? Last year we talked about the young O-Line not being a cohesive unit. Then we go out and hold the Clemson's All World D-Lineman in check!!! I agree with you Talon. The history of the other programs can also recruit itself with quality athletes to fill the depth chart. We are in this for the long haul.

Winning will come soon enough. Hopefully sooner rather than later. After all, We Are In Florida.

Maybe It's the hurry up and wait syndrome that we're feeling edgy about.


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You guys are correct. Patience. Support. Patience. Support. This still only is Year Six.
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