Marcus Nelson, Editor
Nelson began covering Florida Atlantic for The Boca Raton News in 1998 when the football program was run out of Howard Schnellenberger’s tiny office by the FAU swimming pool and the football staff consisted of Schnellenberger and his administrative assistant.
A lot has changed since then as FAU’s athletic department has quickly moved to establishing itself on the national scene – and Nelson has been there to chronicle it.
Nelson moved to The Palm Beach Post in 2000 and became the first FAU beat writer for the paper in time for the Owls’ inaugural football game in September 2001.
Since then Nelson covered many FAU “firsts” including a trip to the NCAA basketball tournament in 2002 and the school’s move to Division I-A as well as the Owls’ first bowl victory in 2007. Nelson has dutifully traveled from Hawaii to chronicle FAU’s victory over the Warriors to Storrs, Conn. to write the game story in a press box with no heat as the Owls lost to UConn in 2002.
In late 2008 Nelson left The Post to start FAUOwlAccess.com, the first web site to cover FAU athletics on a full-time basis.
A native of Birmingham, Ala. Nelson graduated from UAB and covered the Blazers’ rise to Division I-A as Editor and Sports Editor of the school newspaper.