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One of FAU's biggest supporters calls it a career

Some already know this news, but Florida Atlantic is saying good-bye to one of its hardest and most dedicated workers.

No, we aren't talking about President Frank Brogan's apparent interest in another job.

Nina Taylor, the effervescent and enthusiastic office manager for the FAU football program is officially retiring on Tuesday after more than 35 years of working at the university.

Taylor started working at FAU in 1974 and spent most of her years working for FAU's Information Resource Management department. Since 2006 Taylor has been the air traffic controller at the Oxley Center for the football coaches and staff.

"It's been a lot of fun," Taylor said on her last day as an official university employee. "There are some amazing people here."

I knew if I ever needed to get in touch with Howard Schnellenberger, I could count on Taylor to work a little magic to get me in, no matter how late in the day it was.

Taylor truly cares about FAU and spent plenty of hours on campus after her workday was done at many athletic events with "Crash," her husband (and FAU bonfire guru).

Taylor officially begins her retirement on July 1, but she said she will still be around helping out the athletic programs when she can.

"I'm volunteering with the Owl Club and going on two football trips," Taylor said. "It's in my blood."

FAUOwlAccess.com wishes Taylor good luck in her retirement.
Lindy's shows FAU some love

You know it's getting close to football season when the football pre-season magazines start showing up on the shelves.

Many of the magazines don't devote much space (or effort into research) on teams in the Sun Belt.

The reason, of course, is simple economics. Most of the magazines (and this is often the same for recruiting services) are geared to the big schools because they have the biggest fan bases.

The most notable exception is Phil Steele's excellent preview. Of course Steele doesn't follow the same business model as most of the other magazines. He provides gambling information and it isn't swayed by the size of a team's fan base.

That said, I was pleasantly surprised by the space in this year's Lindy's Southeastern preview, written by Monte Hale, who does an excellent job covering the Sun Belt for the Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Daily News Journal



Here are some of the highlights:
  • FAU is picked third in the the SBC behind Troy and Arkansas State
  • WR Cortez Gent, TE Jason Harmon, OL David Matlock are on the pre-season All-Sun Belt team
  • Rusty Smith is honored as "Strongest arm" and "Coolest in the clutch"
  • Harmon has "Best Hands"
  • Gent is "Most Dangerous Deep Threat"
  • Matlock is "Best Pass Blocker"

    All in all, it's a pretty solid preview and paints a pretty rosy picture of the 2009 season for the Owls. It's well worth the $6.99 cover price so pick it up at Publix. It's the one with Tim Tebow on the cover - isn't it great when a player at a schoool who doesn't get much media attention is finally recognized?
  • The life of Pali, and getting a little funkabilly
    The Matt Pali story, which appears atop our main site, offers some interesting insight into baseball in Germany. Pali certainly seems to be enjoying his summer in Europe.

    Pali has experienced his share of surprises, mostly of the off-the-field kind. He said the strangest thing that's happened to him so far was that he didn't allow for the change in the way electricity is delivered in Europe.

    "I remember I asked a family I was staying with if they had any "normal" outlets...they laughed," Pali said in an email. "The problem was solved when a player loaned me a converter a week later."

    The German baseball schedule seems to be built so that players can hold outside jobs. But Pali is unable to get a job because, he says, people basically have to be German citizens to be employed.

    In his free time Pali has taken a trip to Holland, tried to see as much of Europe as possible, and watched some TV.

    "I usually go to the gym every morning and hang out with the other American or a former Alligators player that speaks German and English," Pali said. "We watch a lot of ESPN America (a premium channel here) at his (apartment)."

    He's also become a bit of a celebrity in the town Solingen. Being an American it is apparently pretty easy to pick Pali out in a crowd. And after his big weekend on the diamond, which included a three-home run game, the media is taking interest, too.

    "I did an interview today for a German newspaper," Pali said. "It was kinda cool to express my ideas to him in English and see how he translated them."

    Thos interested in learning more about the German baseball league can check out baseballgermany.com.

    Get the funk out: It's Saturday, and those looking for something interesting to do tonight should head over to Boston's in Delray. The Funkabilly Playboys (that's their pseudo-billboard at the top of the page) take the stage around 9 p.m. For those who have never experienced a Funkabilly's show, its a treat. They are one of those bands where every show offers different surprises.

    Case in point: A few months ago toward the end of the show they asked the audience whether it would mind if they brought the guy who had been running their audio board up to the stage to play a little. Well the guy who happened to be running the board that night was Jeff Watkins, who spent more than a decade touring as the saxophonest for James Brown.

    They played a couple of "traditional" sax songs, which were fantastic, then ended with Black Sabbath's "War Pigs." Think about that. Unbelievable.

    Can't promise this type of thing will happen tonight, but do you want to risk missing it?

    chuck
    FAU recruiters continue to gain respect
    When recruiting players, coaches often have to do more than simply win over the kid. There are several other gatekeepers, including parents and high school coaches.

    That's why this statement from Tampa-Plant coach Eric Weiner should please FAU football fans.

    "Kirk Hoza is our recruiting guy, the guy who recruits our area," Weiner said. "He's a great coach. We love Kirk because one thing about Kirk, he's going to tell us straight up whether our kid is good enough to play at that level or not.

    "Kirk is always kind of my barometer to say, OK this kid can go here or not, and stuff like that because Kirk is going to tell it like it is."

    Weiner made those statements on Saturday following the Heath Evans 7-on-7 tournament at King's Academy. What bodes even better for the Owls is that those statements were unsolicited. We were talking about how many Plant players may sign to play college ball in 2010, and Weiner brought up Hoza (photo, left).

    Plant, the reigning Class 4A state champ, is a perennial high school power. The current FAU roster doesn't boast any Plant players but that may change in the spring. FAU is looking at several Plant players and they seem to be returning the interest.

    Tony Dungy's son, Eric, is one such player, though he's already tiring of the recruiting process.

    "I don't really like the recruiting process because you are always on the phone and all that stuff," Dungy said. "I like just like playing."

    Looks like Dungy is going to be out of luck this fall. Expectations seem to be high for the cornerback/wide receiver, so that phone will likely keep ringing.

    For all the latest news on FAU recruiting, make sure to check FAUOwlAccess.com

    chuck
    Former FAU pitcher Salberg working on his control at Frederick
    The success being experienced by Robbie Widlansky, who was highlighted in our most recent Future Owl Friday segment, overshadowed the play of teammate Chris Salberg.

    Control issues have kept the former Florida Atlantic lefthander from getting off to the start he'd hoped for this season, but Salberg (photo) said he's feeling better on the mound now than he has at any point this season.

    "I struggled a little bit so far this year, but I'm starting to throw the ball good," said Salberg, who's spent the entire season with Baltimore's Frederick affiliate of the high-Class A Carolina League. "My numbers haven't shown it yet, but I'm starting to. I feel good. I'm excited about the rest of the year."

    Salberg's control was major issue early in the season - he's walking a batter for every two innings he pitches. Those free passes have contributed greatly to Salberg's 6.80 ERA.

    In his past few outings Salberg has changed his approach, shunning the strikeout in favor of allowing batters to put the ball in play and get themselves out.

    "I was just trying to be too fine," Salberg said. "I was just missing with pitches, not too wild."

    Salberg also said he's trying to develop a cutter to go with his high 80's fastball, curveball and change up.

    He's been working mostly out of the bullpen in long relief, but Salberg has made five spot starts this season.

    "I don't mind being where I am right now, but I'd definitely like to be starting," Salberg said.

    Teaming up again: Salberg and Widlansky aren't the only former Owls teaming up again in the professional ranks. Earlier this week Mike Obradovich joined Tony Bradley on the pitching staff of the Southern Illinois Miners of the independent Frontier League. Could be the makings of a future story on FAUOwlAccess.com.
    Stunning catch by Wrentz gives Booker T. the Heath Evans title
    Did a lot of running around today, but my last stop was the most fun. Pulled into King's Academy in West Palm Beach just in time to see the final match-up in the Heath Evans 7-on-7 tournament.

    This is one of the most watched tournaments of its kind in the country, featuring numerous soon-to-be high school seniors - the kind that make college coaches drool so badly that they need bibs.

    While the talent was there - teams from all over the state entered the tournament - the college coaches were not. Those NCAA recruiting rules can be so pesky.

    The championship game featured a couple of perennial powerhouses: Fort Lauderdale-Boyd Anderson vs. Miami-Booker T. Washington. The game lived up to its billing.

    Boyd Anderson seemed to have the title all wrapped up until Jayvon Wrentz went high into the air to snatch a Hail Mary pass (photo) for the victory.

    Wrentz has received intertest from the likes of Tennessee and Georgia, and has an offer from Florida International. He said FAU has not talked to him yet, but if they do he's willing to listen.

    "Any school that will get me into the college level," said Wrentz, still clutching the trophy.

    Booker T. coach Earl Tillman Jr. said FAU hasn't offered any of his players yet, but the Owls have established a recruiting presence on his campus. Tillman added that he'd like to see a couple of his players head to Boca Raton.

    "We've got some kids that can play at the Division I level, they just have to give the kids an opportunity," Tillman said.

    More will be coming from this event on FAUOwlAccess.com in the coming days. For now, though, it's time to locate a Father's Day present and a beverage. Who knows, they might end up being one in the same.

    chuck
    Pepe signs with Toronto, will stay in the sunshine
    Had the opportunity to talk with Alex Pepe (right, with his parents and FAU coach John McCormack on senior day) earlier this week. He signed with Toronto on Sunday and is in camp up in Dunedin.

    The Blue Jays gave him a $1,000 signing bonus, which they didn't have to do. When baseball players receive those large bonuses, it's usually to help persuade a college junior to leave school and become a pro, or to get a high school senior to skip college altogether.

    Pepe was a senior, so if he wanted to play affiliated baseball, he had no choice but to sign. All things considered, he was pretty pleased with the bonus.

    "I thought it was going to be 500 bucks - no lie," he said.

    Prior to reporting to camp, Pepe hadn't thrown in about a week so he's using his first couple of bullpen sessions to work of the rust.

    Pepe said he's slated to start the season in Dunedin playing in the Gulf Coast League, which is one of the toughest leagues in all of baseball. That's not because of the talent level as much as it is the playing conditions.

    GCL teams generally play on the back fields of spring training facilities. And they play during the day. In Florida. In the summer.

    The Florida State League is a high-Class A league that's been around much longer than the GCL and the teams in the FSL generally use the stadium fields at the spring training sites. When major league teams first proposed the developmental GCL, it was decided the games had to be played during the day so that they wouldn't steal fans from the already attendance-challenged FSL. Now, players commonly refer to the league as the Gulf Roast League.

    Pepe was already feeling the heat, so to speak, after his first bullpen session.

    "Oh my gosh, I'm dying right now," Pepe said. "It's brutal out there."

    He will catch a bit of a break, though. This year GCL teams will be allowed to play one night game per week. Gotta love the glamour of pro baseball.

    Ozga update: Travis Ozga was scheduled to report to the Mets camp in Port St. Lucie today, with workouts beginning on Friday. The Mets apparently haven't decided where to put Ozga. It looks like he will avoid the GCL, which means he'll likely be at rookie level Kingsport (Tenn.) of short season Class A Brooklyn.

    FAUOwlAccess.com will keep you posted on their progress during the summer.

    chuck
    FAU baseball players nab awards; Flutie loses a stick
    Florida Atlantic's baseball season has been over for a while, but a couple of Owls - one current and one soon-to-be - earned awards in the past couple days.

    Several media outlets are reporting that catcher Mike Albaladejo garnered Sun Belt Conference All-Freshman honors. After a slow start to the season, Albaladejo ended the year hitting .373. Perhaps more importantly, the Owls posted a 13-7 record in games he started behind the plate. Here is the story we wrote about him prior to the start of the Sun Belt tournament.

    Incoming signee Andy Mee earned National Junior College Atheletic Association second team All American honors. As an outfielder Mee hit .425 for Sante Fe and broke the school record for hits with 96. Mee also pitched, recording nine saves and stricking out 53 batters in 36 1/3 innings. FAU is expected to use him in both positions next season.

    FAUOwlAccess.com offers our congratulations to Albaladejo and Mee.

    The Flutie file: OK, so this doesn't have much to do with FAU, but thought some might enjoy it. As mentioned in yesterday's blog, Doug Flutie's band band played at Boston's last night. I took the top photo using Winker's camera. Winker took the bottom four photos, which I think are pretty funny.



    photos by Winker

    Flutie was going for a big drum crash but he lifted his hands too high and got his stick stuck in the Boston's sign. The series of photos starts with him lifting his hands and conclude with him figuring out where the drum stick went.

    We talked with the guys after the show and they loved the pics. The guitarist said he was waiting for Flutie's drum crash to lead into his next chord, but wondered why it never came. Flutie requested copies of the photos to post on his band's Web site.

    Nice going Winker. Thanks to you and all the Marks at Boston's for a fun night. The band said they would be coming back to Boston's soon. It's worth going to see.

    chuck
    FAU team football camp draws good crowd

    Had a little extra time on Sunday so I decided to head over to FAU to take a look at the high school camp the Owls hosted this weekend.

    The Owls had a pretty good turnout. Nine teams from as far north as St. Lucie County and as far west as Fort Myers made their way to Boca Raton. King's Academy (former home of FAU Class of 09 linebacker Toney Moore), Olympic Heights, and Seminole Ridge represented Palm Beach County.

    The top photo shows Howard Schnellenberger addressing the high school players at the end of the camp. The bottom photo is from the same speech, it's just a little wider to give an idea of how many players were present. And not all the players fit in the shot.

    The final portion of the camp was a tournament style competition where teams were given eight plays to score as many times as they could from the 20. The team that started on offense then sent its defense onto the field and the opposing team received eight shots. The team with the most points advanced.

    Seminole Ridge won the tournament in dramatic fashion when wide receiver Woodley Cadet snared a pass in the back of the end zone on the final play. Cadet has already commited to Central Florida, but that doesn't mean the Owls aren't still interested. I talked with Cadet and some other players of interest. We'll post that story on the main FAUOwlAccess.com site on Monday.

    Right now, I've got to run. Doug Flutie's band is playing at Boston's in Delray this evening. Not sure whether the band is any good, but if Flutie is going to be nice enough to come to my backyard, I may as well give a listen.

    chuck
    FAU's Ozga refused to believe he'd been drafted
    The MLB draft is always full of fun and interesting stories, like this one about the Angels drafting Muhammad Ali's son in the 40th round. It better be, anyway. If nothing fun comes out of a 50-round, three-day affair, you're probably at a non-alcoholic beer distributor's convention.

    Florida Atlantic offered its own piece of fun on Thursday. Tired of sitting by the computer waiting for his name to be announced, Travis Ozga (photo, batting) decided to head over to campus for a diversion.

    By the time he walked into coach John McCormack's office the draft was close to winding down. McCormack was listening to the draft and told Ozga that it had passed the 40th round. Ozga, already fearing that he might not get drafted, was starting to believe the worst.

    Then McCormack looked up and told Ozga his name had just been called by the Mets in the 41st round. Ozga's reaction?

    "I thought he was joking with me at first and I about slapped him," Ozga said. "He was like, no serious come look."

    Ozga was so staunch in his disbelief that McCormack finally started to call the new Met's dad to tell him the good news.

    "It took like five picks for him to come around my side of the desk and believe me," McCormack said.

    Shortly thereafter Ozga received the phone call from a New York scout welcoming hm to the organization.

    "It was exciting stuff," Ozga said. "It was just out of nowhere."

    Ozga and Alex Pepe, who was drafted in the 36th round by Toronto, will likely sign their contracts in the coming days and find out when they will report to camp. Make sure to check FAUOwlAccess.com for updates.
    Draft results actually a positive for FAU baseball
    It's tempting to look at yesterday's draft results and proclaim that Wednesday was another bad day for FAU baseball. It would also be a mistake.

    Sure, it's disappointing the name of at least one Florida Atlantic player hasn't been called yet. For the program, however, it's more important that the Owls didn't lose any incoming players.

    Baseball recruiting is different from other sports in that college coaches - especially at schools which aren't considered premier destinations - can't really go after the best talent. They have to recruit good players who are just a notch below exceptional.

    It doesn't really do FAU baseball coach John McCormack (photo) much good to sign a bunch of top level players in November only to watch them become early round MLB draft choices and never step foot on campus.

    That's why the signing of West Palm Beach-Cardinal Newman pitcher R. J. Alvarez was important, but being able to keep him despite major interest from at least three Major League clubs was crucial. Alvarez told me he turned down an offer of $150,000 to be the fifth round draft choice of at least one club. That dollar figure was only about half of what it would have taken to get him to jump to the pros. That's how much he values the college experience.

    FAU appears to have kept yet-to-be announced signee Eddie Cassidy of Gulf Coast Commnity College, St. Petersburg Community College's John Rigg, Sante Fe Community College standout Andy Mee and Palm Beach Community College first baseman Dan Scheffler from leaving for the pros. Those players could still be selected in today's final 20 rounds, but it unlikely they will be offered enough incentive to make the jump.

    And some team could still select Alvarez in the late rounds, taking the chance that they might be able to free up the money needed to sway him away from Boca Raton. Alvarez, though, seemed pretty pleased to be an Owl.

    Hopefully Travis Ozga, William Block, Nick Criaris, Alex Pepe, Chris Schmitt and David Wilson hear their names called today. When they do, we'll have the full story on FAUOwlAccess.com.

    It says a lot about McCormack that he was more interested in talking about the disappoint he felt for his seniors than about the relief and excitement he felt for not losing his incoming guys.
    But make no mistake, yesterday was a big day for FAU baseball.

    chuck
    Admit it, you thought of this
    Chris Schmitt may have the opportunity to pull off a stunt many of us dreamed of when we were kids.

    The Florida Atlantic righthander is finishing his Criminal Justice degree this summer by taking Spanish I and Spanish II. This week he's also monitoring the MLB draft. Schmitt (photo, second from right) could hear his named called today or Thursday, but the three-day event makes it nearly impossible to plan a draft party.

    Most FAU players are simply going about their normal routine, trying not to think too much about the draft (good luck!). For Schmitt, that means attending classes. So what if he gets the call from a major league team in the middle of conjugating a spanish verb?

    "I might just leave," Schmitt said.

    How cool would that be? Sorry professor, I'd love to continue to habla enchiliada, but I'm going to get paid to play baseball.

    Don't worry, Schmitt doesn't intend to throw away his education. He plans to find away to finish the classes, even if it means re-enrolling in the fall. He needs the degree to fulfill his desire to enter federal law enforcement, possibly as a homeland security agent. Still, how many times when you were growing up did you sit in school and think, forget this, I want to go play baseball. Or basketball. Or football. It's a universal boyhood dream.

    The waiting game: The Owls available for the draft have spent the days since the end of the season keeping their baseball skills fresh and wondering when or if their names will be called.

    "I practice a little bit in the moring, but beside that I'm bored," said Alex Pepe, who was selected by Texas in the 44th round of last year's draft but chose to return to FAU for his senior season. "I'm just sitting in my house with nothing to do."

    The baseball draft contains 50 rounds, plus compensatory picks. It started last night and won't end until tomorrow night. The shear amount of rounds suggests everyone who wants to get drafted might get a call, but that isn't the case. Several Owls will have to hope to sign a free agent contract or catch on with an independent league team.

    "I'm not necessarlity expecting to be drafted," said outfielder Chris Schmit, who chose to attend the St. Louis vs. Florida game last night instead of watching the first rounds of the draft. "If that happens it will be a dream come true. If it doesn't I'll be looking to sign a free agent deal and be that one guy who signs a free agent deal and makes the most of it."

    I case you missed it yesterday, here is our draft preview from the main site. Be sure to Check FAUOwlAccess.com tonight and tomorrow for our recap of the day's draft events.

    Now for something completely different: A marketing guy who knows very little about FAU posted his views of Owls football. Gotta love that Bleacher Report. Anyone who has a computer and an internet connection is an expert.

    Also, the folks in Nebraska are thinking about the Owls. This post doesn't say anything we don't already know, but it's still nice to know they care...

    chuck
    Trustees to tackle FAU athletic issues

    A few items concerning the athletic department are on the agenda for Wednesday's meeting of the FAU Board of Trustees Audit and Finance Committee, but it's not the thing Owl football fans want the trustees to address the most.

    The trustees aren't expected to discuss the Innovation Village project this time around, but there is a good reason. This meeting is to review FAU's budget for 2009-10. I can't believe I am going to say this, but with FAU under such a financial crunch, the budget issue is bigger than the stadium right now. It would be poor form to be discussing how the university will pay for a stadium while approving a budget that cuts jobs and programs - and possibly submarines.

    The athletic department will ask for an increase in the athletic fee from $13.75 per credit hour to $14.30 per credit hour. This is a modest increase and I'm sure not everyone will be happy with the prospect of supporting athletics if they aren't a follower of sports. However, this is the price for developing a growing athletic department and FAU's fees will still be below what FIU charges (currently $14.51 per hour plus a $10 flat fee).

    The other item of interest is found in FAU's 2009-10 budget. The athletic department's budget is slightly less than last year's, but not by much. FAU's budget of 12,698,375 is 2.4 percent less than the 2008-09 budget of 13,015,661. Again, for comparison, FIU had to cut more than $1 million from its athletic budget - of course that's from a whopping $22 million budget. It looks like FAU didn't have to cut as much because they already run a pretty lean operation - and should be commended for that.
    The almost Top 10
    We've spent the past week at FAUOwlAccess.com posting our list of the Top 10 FAU stories over the previous year. Newsrooms love producing these kinds of stories because they inspire the kind of barroom arguments that make it fun to be a sports fan.

    We've received plenty of positive feedback over our selections - and, of course, some negative comments, too. Several also wondered what other stories were considered.

    Below is the list the candidates that failed to make our Top 10, but still helped make the 2008-09 sports seasons at FAU worth following.

    Barely missed the Top 10:
    Frantz Joseph gets draft hype, but not drafted
    Football staff changes (Gary Nord leaves/Darryl Jackson promoted/Jeff Brohm hired)
    Women’s basketball hosts UNO in SBC Tournament
    Pre-season ALL SBC candidate Carlos Monroe misses most of the basketball season
    Overall budget issues

    Other stories considered (in no particular order):

    FOOTBALL
    Howard Schnellenberger (photo) signs contract extension
    TE Jason Harmon misses season
    Rusty Smith's injured arm
    RB Jeff Blanchard injured, Alfred Morris wins job
    Troy implies Owls intentionally injured their quarterback
    Prized recruit Toney Moore signs with FAU
    Jervonte Jackson signs with Philadelphia, Charles Pierre heads to the CFL
    Largest attendance at spring game

    BASKETBALL
    Paul Graham breaks single-season scoring record
    Hoops goes winless on the road
    Basketball keeps it close vs. Kentucky
    Mike Jarvis signs first touted recruiting class

    BASEBALL
    Owls beat Florida
    FAU beats FIU in thriller, qualifies for Sun Belt tourney
    Senior leader William Block academically ineligible for SBC tournament
    Block becomes Owls' career RBI leader

    OTHER SPORTS:
    Golfer Kelly McHugh becomes first FAU golfer to qualify for NCAA Div I tournament
    Men's tennis reaches Sun Belt Tournament finals
    Lauren Harvath wins 3 meter SBC diving title

    NOTE: Feil's performance at the NCAA Regional occurred after we started are list. She will be considered for next year.

    chuck
    Howard hardly on the hot seat

    The frequency of slanted, biased and/or uneducated articles written about FAU has been increasing as of late.

    Most of the time I just shake my head and move on, but every now and then I read something that I just can't let go.

    I almost spit out my corn flakes this morning when out of the blue comes the latest one, courtesy of the BleacherReport.com - Hot Seat: That other old coach. If you've seen it already, you know what I am talking about. If you haven't you may want to sit down before reading.

    The writer, Sean Martin, doesn't think Howard will be back coaching FAU after this season.

    What makes steam come out of my ears is not that he says Howard will hang it up. But it would maybe behoove the writer to do just a bit more research than dialing up Schnellenberger's bio on Wikipedia.

    A tad bit of reporting would reveal that Howard signed a contract extension last year to coach through at least the 2010 season which is extended to 2011 season if the stadium opens then. Also the day the deal was announced Schnellenberger told me this probably isn't the last extension he will sign. So much for Howard stepping down anytime soon.

    However, this shows the danger of the Internet - anyone with a laptop may consider themselves a "reporter" these days. I hope Owl fans will be able to discern the difference between a professional reporter who has been covering FAU for years and someone whose only qualifications to fire off analysis and opinion is they have the technical ability to do so.

    While I find such drivel annoying, occasionally what is written can be harmful or hurtful to a program. To write that a coach is on the "hot seat" without any basis in fact - and this isn't the first time a FAU coach's future has erroneously been called into question - can kill a coach on the recruiting trail. Don't think for a moment if a potential recruit is deciding between FAU and another school, that other school won't produce this column as "proof" Schnellenberger is on the way out.

    Anyone has the right to their opinion, but if you are going to speculate on a coach's future, you better be able to back it up.
    Owls-Mean Green slated for TV
    A few weeks ago I reported that at least three FAU football road games will be televised this season.

    Two of the games were for certain - at Troy and at FIU. The third game was thought to possibly be at Louisiana-Lafayette. However, it now appears the third game will be FAU's game at North Texas on Oct. 17 instead. The game is set to kickoff at 7 p.m.

    FAU officials continue to work to have other road games - including games at Nebraska and South Carolina - shown as well.

    Feil may advance: Friederike Feil finished in sixth place with a time of 10:25.06 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA East Regional meet on Saturday. While the top five at each regional qualified for the NCAA meet, Feil must receive one of six at-large berths for the meet.

    One thing that Feil may have in her favor is that her time was the third-fastest non-qualifying run in the finals of a regional meet this weekend. However, the at-large bids are given on a the runner's entire season. The official selections for the NCAA meet, held at Fayetteville, Ark. on June 10-13, will be made at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

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