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German cleared to practice, others not so lucky

Quarterback Melvin German has been cleared to practice and will be participating when the FAU takes the field for its first practice on Wednesday.

One of the most highly acclaimed members of FAU's 2012 recruiting class, German has completed his junior college coursework and is already in Boca Raton.

The likelihood that German would be able to join the Owls when they start fall camp has been a popular discussion among FAU fans this summer. FAU coaches have said all along that they were not concerned about German's ability to make it to FAU. It appears they were correct.

German, who finished first or second in passing yards at the junior college level during his two seasons at Pearl River Community College, should immediately become a factor in the race to become the Owls' opening game quarterback. He'll be battling senior incumbent Graham Wilbert and redshirt sophomore Stephen Curtis.

While German will be attending the first practice, some other members of the Owls' 2012 still have some question marks.

Coaches believe Eastern Arizona Linebacker Adarius Glanton is close to being cleared to practice, but there is still some paperwork that needs to be approved. Once in camp, Glanton will be in the battle to start at linebacker.

Pompano-Ely wide receiver Adrian Burton is also waiting to be cleared. FAU coaches hope to have a clearer understanding as to when Burton can report by Friday. The Owls are hoping Burton can compete for playing time at slot receiver as a true freshman.

Miami-Braddock running back Jarvon Anderson also will not be at camp on Wednesday. It's likely Anderson will miss the entire pre-season camp but could report at the start of the fall semester.

Of the players FAU signed for 2012, only cornerback Tony Grimes and defensive end James Mathis have officially been released from their NLI. FAU backed away from Grimes after a reported brush with the law. He is expected to attend Hawaii. Mathis is expected to enroll in junior college.

FAU hits the practice field at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Practices are closed to the media and the public.

Countdown to kickoff: 31 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31


FAU’s current No. 31: DE Cory Henry

Has moved back to defensive end, where he played as a freshman, after one year at outside linebacker. Had 5 sacks the last time he was used as an end. Was nursing a hamstring injury in spring.

FAU players who have worn No. 31

Alfred Morris (2007-08)
Tyrie Allen (2009)

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FAU Football: Our previews continue with a look at the tight ends

FAU Football: Solomon attends FAU camp after committing to Owls

Other sources...

Football coach Joey Jones says South Alabama Jaguars eager to get started (Mobile Press-Register)

Trojans open camp without receiver Johnson (Dothan Eagle)



Solomon attends FAU camp after committing to Owls

Returning to FAU for the first time since committing to the Owls' 2013 recruiting class, Kamrin Solomon said he simply feels comfortable in Boca Raton.

Solomon attended a one-day skills camp hosted by FAU coaches on Saturday. He made the trip from Jacksonville with his parents. It was the first time Solomon's father had seen the campus, and both parents approved of the decision to commit.

“They were happy for me,” said Solomon, the first player to commit to the Owls this season.

Both Solomon and his father spent part of camp talking with FAU coach Carl Pelini.

His parents weren't the only ones who were pleased.

“My team is really appreciative and supportive of it,” Solomon said.

Along with FAU Solomon is being recruited by Clemson, but the Tigers have not offered a scholarship. Solomon attended a camp at Clemson this summer.

Despite the interest from the Tigers, Solomon says his commitment to FAU is strong and he can't wait for his senior season.

“I'm still going to put in work,” Solomon said. “I'm still going to grind. I'm going to keep going hard every day.”

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Countdown to kickoff: 32 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31


FAU’s current No. 32: DB Shaheem Sutherland

Sutherland, a 5-10, 185-pound redshirt sophomore has worked out with the team the past two seasons, but has yet to play in a game.

FAU players who have worn No. 32

Sharard Mizell (2002)
Dominic Walker (2003-04)
DiIvory Edgecomb (2005-08)
Alfred Morris (Pictured, 2009-11)


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FAU Football: Our unit-by-unit previews carry on with the WRs
FAU Football: WR DeAndre Richardson out for opener

Links from other sources

Arkansas State RB Dyer dismissed from Red Wolves (
South Alabama football team can take a big step forward this season (Mobile Press-Register)



WR Richardson to miss opener

Florida Atlantic is going to start the season without its leading receiver from 2011, DeAndre Richardson, and there is concern that Richardson may not be able to play at all this season.

Richardson is still recovering from ankle surgery that followed an injury suffered during spring practice.

FAU coaches aren't exactly sure when Richardson will be able to take the field.

Richardson, who will be a redshirt junior, led the Owls with 32 catches last season, and his 269 yards trailed only Darian Williams' 291.

Receiver is a position of need for the Owls, who are switching to a spread offense in 2012 that will utilize more wide receivers in their base set.

Richardson looked to be poised for a big 2012.

“Losing DeAndre Richardson is huge because I really think he is coming along,” wide receivers coach Jeff Sims said shortly after the conclusion of spring drills.

In his career at FAU Richardson has caught 44 passes for 383 yards, but has yet to find the end zone.

For a full preview of the wide receiver corps heading into fall camp, check out this story.

Countdown to kickoff: 33 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31


FAU’s current No. 33: There is no player wearing No. 33 on the most recent roster.


FAU players who have worn No. 33

Dustin Konkal (2001)
Tom Carluccio (2002)
Daniel Kennard (2005)
Kyle Watkins (2006-08)
Brandon Zeeb (2008)
David Terrell (2009-10)
Jabyes Cross (Pictured, 2010)

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FAU Football: We continue our position-by-position previews with a look at the Owls' offensive line

FAU Cross Country: Former Owl Manny Huerta to compete in Olympic triathlon

...Winning helps in Sun Belt (Monroe News-Star)

...King latest to give verbal commitment to South Alabama (Mobile Press Register)

..UNT gets another look at players (Denton Record Chronicle)


Former Owl Manny Huerta to compete in Olympic triathlon

While watching the Olympics, don’t forget that there will be a former Owl competing in the London Games this year.

Former FAU cross-country runner Manny Huerta will be competing for the U.S. in the triathlon team.

The triathlon will be run on Aug. 7 and will be televised at 6:30 a.m. (EDT) on the NBC Sports Network, so set your DVRs.

You can keep track of Huerta on Twitter @trimanny or his blog. For more information on Huerta, check out this recent story from


Countdown to kickoff: 34 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 34: RB Javaris Giles


While still officially listed on the roster as a running back, Giles spent most of spring drills trying his hand at linebacker. He may have more of a future on defense, with a glut of running backs while his size and speed could make him a fierce tackler.


FAU players who have worn No. 34

Robert Matheny (2002)
Christian Amaya (2003-04)
Warley Leroy (2005-08)
Keith Reaser (2009-10)
Alain Beauzil (2009)

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FAU Football: Our position-by-position preview looks at the defensive line

FAU Football:
Practices moved to mornings


Other links

...FAU mascot Owlsley wins 'superior' distinction in cheerleading camp (Sun-Sentinel)

...UNT to host women’s football clinic today (Denton Record-Chronicle)

...WKU football to host Kickoff Luncheon
(Bowling Green Daily News)



FAU practices moved to mornings

Since practices are closed to the public this won’t have much of an impact for fans, but FAU football is moving its practices to the morning.

According to the e-mail I just got, the Owls will take to the practice field most days at 6:30 a.m. In the past FAU used to practice in the afternoons, regularly taking the field around 3:30 p.m.

There are advantages to practicing in the morning, with one of the biggest ones being avoiding South Florida’s late afternoon thunderstorms.

I’m guessing that moving to the mornings will take some getting used to for some players (and some media members)

A complete practice schedule will be coming soon, but for now the Owls are planning to hold their first workout on Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. and a two-a-day practice scheduled for Aug. 8.

Countdown to kickoff: 35 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 35: PK Vinny Zaccario and RB Julius Cartwright

Zaccario (pictured) was 7-of-11 on field goal attempts last season, with a long of 43 yards vs. Auburn. Could also handle kickoffs this season after Marcelo Bonani transferred to Missouri State.

Cartwright is a walk-on from South Euclid, Ohio.

FAU players who have worn No. 35

Aaron Sanchez (2002-06)
Curtis Cross (2007-08)
Damian Fortner (2009)
Josh McDougal (2010)

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FAU Football: Our 2012 Linebackers Preview

FAU Hoops: Owls to play in Maui Invitational


Other links...

...Georgia State individual sports will be in Sun Belt this fall (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

...MTSU hoops gets high-flying guard (Murfeesboro Daily News Journal)

...UNT gets ready for big recruiting event (Denton Record Chronicle)

...Owls to play in Maui Invitational (University Press)



FAU to play in Maui Invitational but not going to Hawaii

Florida Atlantic will be playing in this year's Maui Invitational, but don't book that plane trip to Hawaii just yet.

One must check the fine print of the schedule, which was released earlier Thursday.

FAU is playing in the “mainland” portion of the tournament. That means instead of game in Maui, the Owls will be playing in exotic locations such as Starkville, Miss. And Elon, N.C.

All kidding aside, the Owls will be making a return trip to Chapel Hill, N.C. To face North Carolina on Nov. 11, so this is a very good tournament field.

Speaking of scheduling, a possible game against Duke this season is off, but could be back on by next season. Instead FAU will face Indiana.

Countdown to kickoff: 36 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 36: There is no player wearing 36 on FAU’s most recent roster.

FAU players who have worn No. 36

Dominic Fair (2002)
David McDowell (2004-05)
Cedric White (2006)
David Muniz (Pictured, 2007-10)
Diondre Lewis (2011)

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FAU Football: We start our unit-by-unit previews with an in-depth look at the Owls' defensive backs

FAU Football:
Take a behind the scenes look at Sun Belt Media Day

Other links

...C-USA convinced UNT will be a good fit in 2013 (Denton Record-Chronicle)



Take a behind the scenes look at Sun Belt Media Day

The Sun Belt Conference’s Meia Day was last week, but the conference just put out a pretty cool video recapping the event that FAU fans will want to check out.

There are a few sound bites from Owls coach Carl Pelini and linebacker David Hinds in the short video. By the way, Hinds shows he is media savvy by saying “I love the Sun Belt” to the camera crew therefore making sure he would be in the video.

I didn’t make it to New Orleans this year, but have covered this event every year since FAU joined the Sun Belt and thought Owl Nation would be interested in this behind-the-scenes look at the event and how professional media members interact with the coaches and players. As you can see, it's not all partying on Bourbon Street for the media (but I always seem to make sure there is a little time to contribute to the local economy.)

Countdown to kickoff: 37 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

 FAU’s current No. 37: S David Lozandier


The 6-foot, 210-pound Lozandier played in 10 games last season as a true freshman. Lozandier signed with FAU in 2010, but didn’t enroll until the next year, giving him an extra year to mature.


FAU players who have worn No. 37

Gerrius Brantley (2002)
Derek Zak (2004)
Austin Jensen (2007-10)
Andrew Haynes (2010)

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FAU Football: Van Valkenburgh accepts Forest Hill High School AD job

FAU Football: FAU season tickets, other packages now on sale

Other links

...Plenty must change for return to bowl (Murfreesboro Daily News Journal)

...Troy athletics director stepping down (Dothan Eagle)

...Troy's Alan Jones won't return for senior season (Dothan Eagle)


Van Valkenburgh accepts Forest Hill High School AD job

Former FAU associate head coach and defensive coordinator Kurt Van Valkenburgh isn't leaving South Florida any time soon.

Howard Schnellenberger's former right hand man has agreed to become the athletics director at Forest Hill High School in West Palm Beach.

One of the oldest high schools in Palm Beach County, Forest Hill's athletics department has failed to live up to its rich tradition in recent decades. Van Valkenburgh says the Falcons' administration is dedicated to restoring Forest Hill to athletic prominence.

"It's good situation going back to help improve a program and bringing the school back to some of the heights they've had before," Van Valkenburgh said. "(Building a program) is something the administration wants to do and something I've done before."

Van Valkenburgh won't be joining the Falcons' football coaching staff but said he will offer his help in an advisory role. He also won't be bringing any former FAU coaches to Forest Hill - at least not yet. With about a month remaining before the start of the high school football season, the Forest Hill coaching staff positions are already full.

Coach Van said he also expects to teach some physical education classes this year, though that has yet to be officially determined.

It's a positive for FAU fans that Coach Van is sticking around. Having been with FAU's football program since its inception, Van possesses a wealth of knowledge about the rise of FAU football. He also has some great stories - if you can pry them out of him.

I look forward to seeing a couple Forest Hill games this season.

FAU season tickets, other packages now on sale

FAU has announced that season ticket and other packages are now on sale and can be purchased by clicking here or calling 1-866-FAU-Owls.

Here is a press release just sent out that describes some of the packages that fans who aren’t ready to make the commitment to season tickets may be interested in.

FAU Football Ticket Packages Now On Sale

Three Game Mini-Owl Plan, Family Fun Pack, Group Tickets and Owl Business Merchant Deals Now Available


BOCA RATON, FL (July 24, 2012) – The Florida Atlantic University football team is celebrating its second season in the on-campus football stadium by offering fans a variety of ticket packages for families, local businesses and adjusted season ticket holders. 

“We are very excited to offer many different options for our fans to come out and enjoy FAU football,” said Brian Treiser, Manager of FAU’s Fan Relationship Management Center. “Our goal was to make it affordable for the entire community to take part in our new era of football and the pricing reflects that.”

            All ticket packages are on sale now and include the following:  

o   The Family Pack provides four tickets for all five home games including the season

opener against Wagner University on August 31. Seats are in section 216, 217 or 218 and are $199 for the season or $48 for an individual game.

o   The Mini-Owl Plan is a package that allows fans to purchase tickets to any three home

games of their choice. Prices range from $66 ($22 per game) in the Lower Owlzone section to $786 ($262 per game) in the Delray Acura Club seats.

o   The Owl Business Merchants Program allows local businesses to support FAU and be

recognized on the FAU Athletics website (, football and basketball game day programs and public address announcements at all athletic sporting events. Packages range from $1,000 (business will receive two football season tickets, two basketball season tickets and two all-sport passes) all the way up to $2,500 (business will receive four Delray Hyundai Deck seats, four reserved basketball season tickets and two all-sport passes).  

            These packages are in addition to the group ticket options for groups of 15 or more people. Group tickets are a great way to experience an FAU football game with family, friends and co-workers, with pricing as low as $5 per seat. Those purchasing group tickets are also eligible for pregame spotlight recognition, taking part in fan tunnels as well as halftime performances. Seating is made available throughout the stadium to all groups. Season tickets are also available and start at $55 per seat for the entire season.  

            Following the home opener against Wagner, the home schedule includes games against the University of North Texas on September 29; Troy University, on October 27, FIU, on November 16 and regular-season finale against the University of Louisiana-Lafayette on December 1.

            Ticket packages for all home games are on sale now. To purchase one of these great ticket packages, call 1-866-FAU-Owls or visiting the link below.



Countdown to kickoff: 38 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

 FAU’s current No. 38: DB Cary White

Once thought to be one of the Owls’ promising prospects at running back, Cary White moved to defensive back during spring practice where it was hoped he could provide some depth at safety. Although his still officially listed as a defensive back, a move back to running back is not out of the question this fall.

FAU players who have worn No. 38

Mark Myers (2001-04)
Mike O’Neill (2006)
Ed Alexander (Pictured, 2007-10)

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FAU Football: Schnellenberger still a hit with high school coaches

FAU Football: Meet DB coach Ross Watson

Links from other sources

...Arkansas State lands transfer from Northwesterm ( - $)

...Former Bama coaches Curry, Franchione look forward to Sun Belt (Dothan Eagle)

...South Alabama's Augustine Rubit used camp to work on game (Mobile Press-Register)

...Penn State sanctions worse than death penalty (Yahoo! Sports)

Schnellenberger still a hit with high school coaches

Howard Schnellenberger is no longer Florida Atlantic's head football coach, but that isn't going to stop him from talking with high school football coaches.

This weekend he and former FAU associate head coach Kurt Van Valkenburgh made the four hour trip across the state to attend the Florida Athletic Coaches Association clinic and convention in Clearwater.

Schnellenberger spent most of Friday afternoon walking through the exhibit hall and talking with coaches, signing autographs and posing for pictures.

“I wanted to thank the coaches for all the help they gave us building Miami and, later, FAU,” Schnellenberger said.

Schnellenbeger was perhaps the biggest draw at the hour-long reception that closed Friday's agenda. He ended up staying more than an hour after the event concluded to talk with coaches and exhibitors.

He even posed for a couple pictures with University of Miami offensive line coach Art Kehoe, who was recruited to The U by Schnellenberger. After bringing their hands together to make the “U” symbol, Schnellenberger managed to get Kehoe to make an attempt at "Saluting the Hoot."

Schnellenberger even planned to introduce new FAU coach Carl Pelini to the coaches in attendance, but Pelini, who was scheduled to talk to the high school coaches about defense, canceled on Thursday. An FACA official said Pelini cited a family issue as his reason for not attending.

In his place Pelini sent assistant coach Brett Diersen, who disappointed many attendees by giving a presentation that focused solely on special teams.

You have to hand it to Schnellenberger. No one would have thought twice had the retired coach not attended the clinic, but he went out of his way to spend a day keeping up relations with current high school football coaches. They certainly seemed to enjoy seeing him again.

Countdown to kickoff: 39 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 39: WR Brendan Myers and DB Christian Milstead

Here’s a statisticians nightmare as both Myers and Milstead could see action this season.

Myers is a walk-on from Park Vista and made an impression on he coaching staff as the “slot” receiver, receiving plenty of time with the starting unit.

Milstead (pictured) spent some time with the starting unit as one of the cornerbacks. Milstead, who originally signed with Navy out of Camden (Ga.) County High School, played in 11 games and had 10 tackles.

FAU players who have worn No. 39

Josh Blaylock (2001)
Ertwyn Henry (2003)
Malik Eugene (2006-09)

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FAU Baseball: Former FAU P Jeff Beliveau makes major league debut

Links from other sources

...Former Owls guard Dennis Mavin transferring to FIU (University Press)

...Left-hander Beliveau makes big league debut (

...Major League stars Juan Pierre, P.J. Walters highlight South Alabama Hall of Fame class (Mobile Press-Register)

...Macon, Ga., wideout commits to Troy (Dothan Eagle)

...Hammer comes down on Penn State (




Former FAU P Jeff Beliveau makes major league debut

Former FAU pitcher Jeff Beliveau was called up to the Chicago Cubs on Sunday and made his major league debut the same day.

Beliveau, who was drafted out of FAU in 2008, came into the game in the seventh inning of the Cubs’ game vs. the Cardinals.

Beliveau came into the game with the Cubs trailing 7-0 and allowed three hits while striking out one and walking one in 1 2/3 scoreless innings of work. The Cubs lost the game 7-0.

Before being called up, Beliveau was 4-5 with a 4.05 ERA at Class AAA Iowa.

Beliveau is the sixth player who finished his college career at FAU to play Major League Baseball joining the following players:

  • P Tim Harikkala: Mariners (1995-96), Red Sox (1999), Rockies (2004, 2007) A's (2005)
  • P Carmen Cali: Cardinals (2004-05), Twins (2007)
  • P Tommy Murphy: Angels (2006-07)
  • OF Jeff Fiorentio: Orioles (2005-06, 2009), A's (2008)
  • P Mike Crotta: Pirates (2011)
Countdown to kickoff: 40 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 40: The one-time fullback was taking reps in the spring at tight end and may have found a home there. Look for Jackson, who has shown some athletic ability in the past, to provide some depth there.

FAU players who have worn No. 40

Taurian Osborne (2001)
Troy Pindell (2002-06)
Mickey Groody (2007-08)

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FAU Football:  LaVicka to represent FAU at upcoming football roast

Links from other sources
...A look at key ULL position battles (Lafayette Daily Advertiser)
...NCAA to hit Penn State hard (



LaVicka feeling better, will represent FAU at roast

A few weeks ago FAU play-by-play announcer Ken LaVicka was in a hospital bed getting prepared for an emergency appendectomy.

This Friday, LaVicka will take the stage representing FAU in the Kiwanis Club of Stuart’s 6th Annual College Football Preview. The event will feature a representative FAU, Florida, Florida State, Miami, South Florida and Central Florida in a “roast: format to talk about the upcoming season.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at The Lyric Theather in Stuart.

LaVicka said he is up to the challenge and feeling better since his surgery.

“I’m feeling fine,” LaVicka said. “Just sore and I’m not able to workout yet.”

With visions of Willis Reed and Kirk Gibson running through my head I asked LaVicka how he was feeling and how he felt against matching wits with the other guests.

“I’ve never done a roast before, but I’m excited about it,” LaVicka said.

I've got a gut feeling LaVicka will do just fine. Too soon? C'mon it's a roast!

Countdown to kickoff: 41 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 41: FAU doesn’t have a player wearing No. 41 on its most recent roster.

FAU players who have worn No. 41

Jonathan Hayes (2001)
Wes Connelly (2002)
Glynn Bostic (2006)
Jhermel Knight (2007)
Tony Walding (Pictured, 2009-10)

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FAU Football: Dyer's staying, will Carter if his appeal is denied?
FAU Football: Meet LB coach Jovan Dewitt

Links from other sources

...NCAA rules expert: it's hardship or bust for Carter's 2012 playing chances (Sun-Sentinel)

...Quarterback Melvin German III to join FAU football team soon (Sun-Sentinel)

...Dyer to remain at Arkansas State (

...FIU rewards coach Mario Cristobal with longer deal (Miami Herald)

...South Alabama AD named to baseball selection committee (Mobile Press-Register)


NCAA waiver denied, Dyer to stay at Arkansas St.

A high-profile athlete transferring to a Sun Belt School from the SEC had his appeal to play this season denied by the NCAA, but has decided against transferring again to play right away.

Unfortunately for FAU fans, that is the story today of Arkansas State running back Michael Dyer, not wide receiver Duron Carter, who has applied to FAU and is hoping to play for the Owls this season.

Dyer’s status was the subject of internet rumors in the last few days, but Dyer and Arkansas State coach Gus Malzhan addressed the situation on Friday. Both emphatically said Dyer will sit out the 2012 season at Arkansas State and play in 2013. Sites reported in the last few days that Dyer was headed to Division II Pittsburg State, where he could suit up for the 2012 season.

It’s hard not to draw comparisons between the two situations – and I’m sure many will point to Dyer staying as a sign that it’s possible that Carter may choose to stay at FAU this season and take the field in 2013.

However, the situations aren’t exactly the same as Dyer has not taken a redshirt season (Carter has) and will have two years of eligibility remaining if his waiver is denied (Carter just one).

It’s OK for Owl fans to look at Dyer staying as a sign that Carter could do the same, but let’s just say every case is different – and that especially holds true when looking at the situations of Dyer and Carter.

Countdown to kickoff: 42 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 42s: DB Damian Parms and TE Ben Hall

As a true freshman last season, Parms (photo by OwlPix) saw action in seven games and is expected to be battling for a starting safety position in the fall.

Hall, a walk-on, played behind FSU's Nick O'Leary at Dwyer High School. He played last season for Wisconsin-Stout.

FAU players who have worn No. 42

Kinyumba Mutakabbirr (2001-05)
C.J. Lee (2006)
Darian Williams (2007)
Alex Patee (2008-10)

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FAU Football: If Carter doesn’t get waiver, will he wave bye-bye to FAU?

Other links
...Arkansas State RB Michael Dyer the subject of transfer rumors (NBC Sports/College Football Talk)
...FIU's Cristobal earns contract extension (Miami Herald)
...Troy A.D. Steve Dennis gives update on projects (Dothan Eagle)
...MTSU turns attention to RB Cunningham (Murfreesboro Daily News Journal)
...Navy trims contract with South Alabama to two games (Mobile Press-Register)
...Lawrence County OL Noah Armstrong commits to South Alabama (Mobile Press-Register)
...Q-and-A with former FAU pitcher Andy Mee, now with the Windy City ThunderBolts (Southtown Star)





If Carter doesn’t get waiver, will he wave bye-bye to FAU?

As first reported by’s Chuck King on Thursday night, former Alabama receiver Duron Carter has applied to FAU in hopes of playing for the Owls.

Carter is also believed to be pursuing a NCAA waiver so he can suit up this season for FAU instead of having to sit out a season as NCAA transfer rules require.

I’m afraid the second part of that story is just as important as the first. Getting that waiver may be the key to having Carter play for the Owls – ever.

As big as a longshot it is to have a former Ohio State and Alabama receiver who was once one of the top recruits in the nation coming to FAU, it is even less likely that Carter will want to sit out another year if that's what it takes to play for FAU in 2013.

I’m hearing that Carter was also considering transferring to Bethune-Cookman, where he would be eligible to play right away. Don’t think he won’t consider going there should this waiver be denied.

One could make the case that Carter could benefit from sitting out this season and playing for the Owls in 2013 would beat playing immediately for Bethune-Cookman, but sitting out for a season is never easy for a player, and Carter did that last season for Alabama.

I don’t want to speculate on the chances of Carter receiving a “hardship” waiver because there could be extenuating services we don’t know about.

However, if this waiver is denied I think the chances Carter ever plays for the Owls drops precipitously.

Countdown to kickoff: 43 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 43: FAU has no player listed as No. 43 on its most recent roster

FAU players who have worn No. 43

Ryan Forkey (2002)
Julian Myers (2004-08)
Travis Jones (2009)
Tony Moore (Pictured, 2010)

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FAU Football: Former Bama, Ohio State WR Duron Carter may transfer to FAU

Links Sources Citing's report
...Alabama wide receiver Duron Carter hoping to transfer to FAU (Sun-Sentinel)
...Report: Tide receiver applies to attend Florida Atlantic  (Decatur Daily)
...Ex-Ohio State, Bama WR Duron Carter looking at FAU? (NBC Sports/College Football Talk)
...Duron Carter Reportedly Applies to Florida Atlantic For 2012 Season (SBNation)


Former Bama, OSU WR Duron Carter may transfer to FAU

Wide receiver Duron Carter, son of former NFL wide receiver Cris Carter, could be transferring to FAU with hopes of playing for the Owls in the 2012 season, a source has told

According to the source, Carter recently applied for admission to FAU, but has yet to be accepted. He is also in the process of petitioning the NCAA for a transfer waiver, which would keep him from having to sit out a year before playing.

Carter is hoping to receive the exemption because he would be transferring to be close to his family. Cris Carter has been a South Florida resident for nearly two decades.

A product of Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas, Carter began his college career at Ohio State before transferring to Alabama, with a stop in between at Coffeyeville (Kansas) Community College. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound wide out caught 13 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown in 2009, his lone year as a Buckeye. In his lone season at Coffeyeville, Carter caught 44 passes for 690 yards and 10 touchdowns. Academic and transcript problems kept Carter from ever taking the field for the Crimson Tide.

Should Carter be granted the transfer would have two years of eligibility remaining. If he is accepted to FAU but the NCAA doesn't grant the waiver he would have to sit out a year and the 2013 season would be his only year of eligibility.

Carter’s status at Alabama has been the subject of widespread speculation in the last few months and Carter was not on a roster released by Alabama in the last few days.

Countdown to kickoff: 44 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31


FAU’s current No. 44: LB Toney Moore

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Moore stared last season at Florida, his first college game, and recorded an interception vs. the Gators. However, an injury in that game kept him off the field for the next three games. Moore played in a backup role the rest of the season and could be in the mix again this season for a starting spot. 

FAU players who have worn No. 44

Todd Poitier (2001-02)
Ted Czepiga (2004-08)

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FAU Football: Big high school games may overshadow FAU-Wagner

Other links

...Southern Cal DB transfers to Troy (Dothan Eagle)
...Pelini, other Sun Belt coaches adjust to new gigs (Monroe News-Star)
...Virginia transfer QB Metheny arrives at South Alabama (Mobile Press-Register)
...Key to title is FIU's defense (Miami Herald)
...Cajuns focused on winning SBC title (Lafayette Daily Advertiser)
...MTSU fans hope poll is wrong (Murfreesboro Daily News Journal)
...WKU will keep running the ball (Bowling Green Daily News)




Big high school games may overshadow FAU-Wagner

One of the most dedicated readers of Owl Access, Canadian Owl, brought this to my attention and I thought it might be worth a mention on a slow news day after a busy Sun Belt Conference Media Day.

Some of the local high school football schedules are being released and wouldn’t you know it, there will be some stiff competition for fans on Aug. 31, the night of FAU’s opener vs. Wagner.

Apparently that won’t be the only football game in Boca Raton that night – or the only one on Glades Road, for that matter.

Boca Raton is playing host to rival West Boca Raton that very same night.

And that’s not all. Just a few exits away, American Heritage will play host to Atlantic, in another bitter rivalry game. Another game a little further away, Glades Central at Dwyer, will also draw interest from local fans and the local media.

I’m not going to say that any of these games will outdraw the Owls’ first game under Carl Pelini. But if that were to happen, FAU will have no one to blame but itself for scheduling a game on the opening night of high school football vs. a team like Wagner in the first place.


Countdown to kickoff: 45 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31


FAU’s current No. 45: LB Andrae Kirk

Last season the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Kirk cracked the starting lineup as a true freshman and was the Owls’ third-leading tackler with 87 stops. Kirk will almost certainly be in the mix for a starting position again when fall camp opens.


FAU players who have worn No. 45

Garrett Schubert (2001)

Cergile Sincere (2003-07)

Michael Lockley (2008-10)

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FAU Football: Owls picked to finish next-to-last in Sun Belt

 More coverage from Sun Belt Media Day

 Miami Herald / Lafayette Daily Advertiser / Monroe News-Star / Murfreesboro Daily News Journal / Denton Record-Chronicle /  Mobile Press-Register / Dothan Eagle / WKU Herald



FAU’s game at Georgia on Sept. 15 to be televised on CSS

I had a feeling there would be some news today, but this came out of Birmingham, not out of New Orleans, where the Sun Belt is holding its Media Days.

The SEC announced the early part of its TV schedule, which includes FAU’s game at Georgia on Sept. 15.

The game will be televised on CSS at 7:30 p.m. which is great news for the Owl fans who can’t make it to Athens, Ga. for the game.

The SEC did not release the time for FAU’s game at Alabama the following week, but it will be televised in some fashion. The worst case scenario is pay-per-View.

FAU's game at Navy on Nov. 3 will be televised on CBS College Sports and FAU's game vs. FIU on Nov. 16 will be televised on ESPNU.

Countdown to kickoff: 46 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31


FAU’s current No. 46: LB Blake Nehls

The 6-foo-2, 215-pound Nehls is a walk-on who worked his way up to see action last season. Nehls played in six games and is best remembered for forcing a fumble in FAU’s game at Troy last season.


FAU players who have worn No. 46

Chris Laskowski (2001-04)

William Rose (Pictured, 2005-09)

Blake Bierman (2010)

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FAU Football: Sun Belt Media Day is Monday

Other links

Sun Belt media day begins Monday in New Orleans: Monroe News Star / Murfeesboro Daily News Journal / Dothan Eagle

Sun Belt Conference Media Day set for Monday

In what is the unofficial start to the college football season, the Sun Belt Conference will hold its Media Day on Monday.

In a switch from the last few years, the event will be held in New Orleans with all the coaches and a player from each school in attendance. The last few years have been video teleconferences, which may have been able to reach more people, but were impersonal and encouraged “coach-speak” and clichés and also were plagued with technical issues.

It’s a positive step for the Sun Belt to return to its traditional format. For those who want to follow what’s going on, the event will be covered by starting at 3 p.m. or follow along on’s Media Day Central.

Countdown to kickoff: 47 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 47: LB Mason Hamilton

The 6-foot, 200-pound junior was a receiver last season, but moved to linebacker during spring drills.

FAU players who have worn No. 47

Edward Bradwell (2006-09)

Derek King (2010)

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FAU Football: Bowl schedule finalized

Other links

ULL expands donor parking for 2012 football season (Lafayette Daily Advertiser)

ULM alum Ben Sheets to make 1st start in 2 years for Braves (Monroe News Star)

Longtime assistant McGuire should lead MTSU baseball (Murfreesboro Daily News Journal)

Sun Belt holds Media Day on Monday (Bowling Green Daily News)




FAU fans need to keep Dec. 22 and Jan. 6 free

The complete bowl schedule was released earlier this week and with just two bowl tie-ins for the Sun Belt Conference, it’s always easy to find the significant days for FAU fans.

This year those dates would be Dec. 22 (the date of the New Orleans Bowl) and Jan. 6 (the date of the Bowl).

If you read the pre-season predictions, Owl fans probably won’t have to worry about making travel plans for New Orleans or Mobile, Ala. This year. However, crazier things have happened, so until FAU loses its seventh game, there is nothing wrong with talking about bowl games.

The New Orleans Bowl will take place a little later in the bow season than usual, but earlier in the day on Dec. 22, a Saturday. Often held on the first day of bowl games, the New Orleans Bowl is actually a week into the bowl season and will kickoff at Noon, which is an ungodly 11 a.m. in The Big Easy.

The Bowl, will be held the day before the BCS Championship game at the home stadium of South Alabama.

Secondary bowl agreements , if any, could be announced at Monday’s Sun Belt Conference Media Day,which will be broadcast on

Countdown to kickoff: 48 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 48: No player on FAU's most recent roster wears No. 48


FAU players who have worn No. 48

Erik Benson (2003-05)

Dustin Forston (2006)

Chris Exposito (2007

Yourhighness Morgan (Pictured, 2008-10)

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FAU Football: QB David Kooi, K Marcelo Bonani among several not expected on fall roster

FAU Baseball: FAU assistant baseball coach Sanderson headed to ECU

Other links
...Playboy's Miss July is FAU student from Jupiter (Palm Beach Post)
...South Alabama's first three kickoff times announced (Mobile Press Register)

FAU assistant baseball coach Sanderson headed to ECU

What promises to be a very interesting summer is underway at the FAU baseball offices with the news that assistant Ben Sanderson has left to take a job as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at East Carolina.

The move appears to have caught some at FAU by surprise when it was officially announced by East Carolina on Friday.

However, the move makes sense.

Sanderson is a former ECU player who was a volunteer assistant for the Pirates for two seasons before coming to FAU in 2009. the first season for FAU coach John McCormack. Sanderson will be ECU's hitting and outfield coach.

Also joining McCormack’s staff that season were coach Brad Frick and pitching coach Jason Jackson, who were still with the staff through this season.

Although Sanderson’s departure is the first change for the Owls baseball staff which has been together for four seasons, it may not be the last. As they say around FAU, "Stay Tuned."

Countdown to kickoff: 49 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 49: DB Andrew Bolognese

Bolognese, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound junior, transferred from Murray State and was a  quarterback last season. In the spring Bolognese moved to safety.

FAU players who have worn No. 49

Jason Carpenter (2001)

Jason Vera (2003)

Andre Clark (2004-08)

Brian Sirmans (Pictured, 2009-10)

Matthew McLaughlin (2009)

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FAU Hoops: Another Spanish player may be heading to FAU

Other links
...FIU in danger of not having games on radio this season (Miami Herald)
...ULL basketball dealing with loss of several players (Lafayette Daily Advertiser)
...South Alabama basketball team to play in Canada in August (Mobile Press-Register)
...Troy LB Kannorris Davis prepared for big senior season (Dothan Eagle)

Another Spanish basketball player may be heading to FAU

The addition of Jorge Sanz as FAU’s director of basketball operations in 2010 may have opened up a pipeline to Spain, his native country, for the Owls.

20-year-old point guard Carles Marzo, will be leaving his current team in Barcelona to play at FAU, according to several reports from Spanish basketball web sites (you would be shocked how much time the Owl Access staff puts in monitoring basketball web sites from Spain)

It is believed the 6-foot-3 Marzo may have to go to junior college for a year before playing for FAU. The soonest Marzo could be playing in an Owls uniform in the 2013-14 season if he indeed has to go to a junior college.

Marzo averaged 5.5 points per game and 2.1 assists per game for Barca Regal II last season.

Spanish forward Javier LaCunza signed with the Owls in the most recent signing period and will take the court for FAU next season. It was interesting to note that in the release officially announcing the signing of LaCunza, Owls coach Mike Jarvis pointed out the role Sanz had in landing LaCunza. I would not be surprised if we’ll see more comments praising Sanz in the future as the Owls build a Spanish pipeline.

Countdown to kickoff: 50 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 50: OL Jimmie Colley

The starting center for nine games last season until injuries slowed him down. Colley was also very limited during spring drills, but could be in the mix with Jordan Sessa and Mustafa Johnson at center in pre-season training camp.

FAU players who have worn No. 50

Tyrone Higgins (2001-04)

George Allen (2005-08)

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FAU Basketball: Five new Owls officially announced

Other links

...Former FAU signeee Grimes headed to Hawaii (Honolulu Star Advertiser)
...East Bay's Jasmine Queen signs with FAU women's basketball (Tampa Bay Times)
...ULL  hoops loses Coleby (Lafayette Daily Advertiser)
...Baer selected for Lou Groza Award watch list (Lafayette Daily Advertiser)
...UNT gets commitment from 6-10 Brazilian center (Denton Record Chronicle)
...Tight end committs to Troy (Dothan Eagle)
...WKU hoops coach Ray Harper says schedule options limited (Bowling Green Daily News)


Countdown to kickoff: 51 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 51: OL Erik Hansen

Hansen, a redshirt senior listed at 6-foot5, 290-pounds, played in 10 games last season and started the spring at right guard. Could be battling Andy Czuprynski at that spot when fall camp opens.

FAU players who have worn No. 51

Nick Seta (2001)

Quentin Swain (2002-03)

Brad Gagne (2004-05)

Paul Muse (2007)

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FAU Football: Kamrin Solomon, a wide receiver from Jacksonville-Mandarin, is first to commit to FAU

FAU Football: 
JUCO transfer cornerback CB signee Grimes will not attend FAU

Other links:

...New FAU athletic director had chance to grow during crisis at Ohio State (Palm Beach Post)
...New ULL women;s hoops coach doesn't like Sun Belt schedule (Lafayette Daily Advertiser)
...MTSU picked where it should (Murfreesboro Daily News Journal)
...UNT's Tony Mitchell receives praise at LeBron’s camp  (Denton Record-Chronicle)
...Daleville S Roman Buchanan verbally commits to South Alabama (Mobile Press-Register)
...WKU releases hoops schedule (Bowling Green Daily News)


CB signee Grimes will not attend FAU

File this one under the category of "be glad it happened when it did."

JUCO cornerback Tony Grimes, who signed with FAU out of Arizona Western in February, will not be enrolling at FAU in part because of an incident which happened in May that led to his arrest, a source has told

The Yuma Sun reported Grimes was allegedly part of a quartet of football Arizona Western players who took part in an armed robbery in Arizona. Here is the story from earlier this year.

While it's easy to be upset with Grimes for getting arrested, FAU fans should actually be thankful it happened before he came to Boca Raton. The incident allowed FAU coaches to review Grimes' character. They made the right decision by choosing to keep Grimes away from the Owls. There's no question Grimes has talent - he started for Ole Miss as a true freshman - but FAU coaches should be applauded in this instance for putting character above athletic ability. It's a decision that will likely pay off in the long run.

Grimes won't be the only signee who doesn't report.

Defensive end James Mathis out of Lowndes (Georgia) will be attending junior college instead of Florida Atlantic. There doesn't appear to be anything sinister here. Mathis will play football in junior college while attempting to boost his academics. Perhaps one day Mathis will be able to join FAU.

Countdown to kickoff: 52 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 52: LB Jonathan Alvarez

Alvarez, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound used last season as his redshirt season as a freshman.

FAU players who have worn No. 52

Joe Walker (2001-04)

Nello Faulk (2005-06)

Chris Newbold (Pictured, 2007-10)

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Sun Belt Conference: Sun Belt proposed 33-team conference

FAU Football:
Meet FAU defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis

Other links:
...Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson tried to make the Sun Belt a player in expansion (Yahoo! Sports)
...E-mails show Sun Belt had grander vision in realignment (Sun-Sentinel)
...Four Cajuns named to pre-season watch lists (Lafayette Daily Advertiser)
...Spain Park DL Chaffin commits to South Alabama (Mobile Press-Register)



Sun Belt proposed 33-team conference

On Sunday morning, this article caught my attention and I linked to it on our "Countdown to Kickoff” blog but I haven’t seen it discussed very much here so I thought maybe it would be worth another mention.

Adam Sparks of the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal reported the Sun Belt Conference proposed a merger between the Sun Belt, Conference USA, the WAC and Mountain West that would create a 33-member “superconference.”

Most everyone agrees that idea wouldn’t come to fruition, but Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson had other plans for the Sun Belt including a possible “raid” on Conference USA by approaching UAB, Southern Miss, East Carolina and Marshall.

The Sun Belt also said it would consider schools such as Idaho, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Texas State, Utah State, UT-San Antonio, Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Jacksonville State, James Madison, Liberty, Charlotte, Old Dominion, Belmont, College of Charleston, Florida Gulf Coast, North Florida, St. Louis and Texas-Arlington.


Of course we all know what happened. The Sun Belt added Georgia State, Texas State and Texas-Arlington (which doesn’t have football) which seems tame in comparison.

There are some interesting concepts considered, so if you are interested at all in conference expansion, it’s worth taking a look at this well-reported story.

Countdown to kickoff: 53 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 53: On the most recent FAU roster there is no player wearing No. 53

FAU players who have worn No. 53

  • Chris Salivar (2001-03)
  • Derek Skop (2007)
  • Sam McRoy (Pictured, 2007-10)

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FAU Football:  QB Melvin German on track to be at FAU for fall camp

Other links

...UNT lands another hoops prospect (Denton Record-Chornicle)


QB German on track to be at FAU for fall camp

Melvin German may not be at FAU yet, but from what I'm hearing the Owls coaching staff isn't too worried.

A source with knowledge of the process "guaranteed"  German will be in Boca Raton for this upcoming season.

German is finishing the final three credits he needs to enroll at FAU via an online course. Even though Pearl River Community College doesn't offer the class he needed during the summer, German chose to stay at that school in order to work out with his soon-to-be former teammates.

He is expected to be in Boca Raton by the end of July and will take part in a three-way starting quarterback battle that will also feature incumbent Graham Wilbert and redshirt sophomore Stephen Curtis. German threw for nearly 350 yards per game as a sophomore at Pear River - second best among junior college QBs. His experience operating the spread offense has many considering him to be the front runner to become the opening game starter.

Incidentally, linebacker Adarius Glanton from Eastern Arizona finds himself in a similar position as German. Like German, Glanton, too, is expected to be in time for the start of FAU's pre-season.

Countdown to kickoff: 54 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 54: LS Tim Raber

Raber, a redshirt senior, has been the Owls’ long snapper for the pats two seasons. In addition to snapping the ball, Raber made his mark by recording seven tackles last season.

FAU players who have worn No. 54

Chris McKinley (2001-04)

Michael Hancock (2005-08)

David Maclin (2007)

Jared Pizzuti (2009)


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Countdown to kickoff: 55 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 55: OL Joe Bailey

A 6-foot-5, 290-pound redshirt senior, Bailey started 10 games last season and practiced with the starting unit at right tackle in the spring.

FAU players who have worn No. 55

Dimitri Jacques (2001-04)

Preston Kendrick (2005-06)

Ryan Sollazzo (2007-08)

Chad Hill (2010)

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FAU Hoops: Former Owls played for AAU program in trouble

Other links

...FAU remains only Sun Belt team without 2013 football commit (Sun-Sentinel)
...WKU football gets fifth commitment (Bowling Green Daily News)



Former Owls played for AAU program in trouble

The Florida Rams, a team loaded with talented college prospects which competes in  AAU tournaments, is in hot water with the NCAA for involvement with an agent.

Among the penalties for that team, and a few others, is not participating in NCAA-sanctioned tournaments this month, a key month for the evaluation of college prospects.

It’s not clear what effect – if any – the Rams' ban will have on FAU’s evaluation plans for this summer. However, it would not be a shock if FAU had planned to look at a player or two from the Rams, which usually has some of the best prospects in the state. In the past, that program has provided the Owls with players such as Kore White and Darren Stewart, who both transferred from FAU.

On Friday, the Orlando Sentinel reported several of the Rams will play for other teams in upcoming tournaments. so it's possible FAU will still be able to evaluate some recruits who played for the Rams.

Countdown to kickoff: 56 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 56: OL Andy Czuprynski

The 6-foot-5, 270-pound redshirt senior began his career playing on the defensive line before switching to offensive line before the 2010 season. Has started 24 consecutive games at left guard and was named to Phil Steele’s All-Sun Belt Conference third team in the pre-season.

FAU players who have worn No. 56

Dewain Akereblom (2002)

Bob Edwards (2003-04)

Frantz Joseph (2006-08)

Toney Moore (2009)

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Pat Chun got favorable review on FAU from Urban Meyer

Other links:

...MTSU baseball coach Steve Peterson retires after 25 years (Murfreesboro Daily News Journal)
...Troy replacing artificial turf on football field (Dothan Eagle)




Pat Chun got favorable review on FAU from Urban Meyer

When Ohio State AD Pat Chun was trying to get a gauge on FAU, he heard some good things from an unlikely source.

Buckeyes football coach Urban Meyer isn’t exactly an expert on the Owls, but he does know new FAU volleyball coach Fernanda Nelson extremely well.

Meyer’s daughter, Gigi, was recruited by Nelson out of Gainesville-Buchholz High School and played last season for Nelson at FGCU, where Nelson was an assistant coach before taking over FAU’s program this summer.

“He was effusive about the way she handled his daughter,” Chun said. “It reaffirms that this place attracts good people.”

The way I see it, Nelson (pictured) picks up an early assist way before volleyball season starts.

Countdown to kickoff: 57 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 57: LB Michael Copeland

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound redshirt sophomore from Valdosta (Ga.)-Lowndes County, one of the top high school programs in the nation, played in seven games last season.

FAU players who have worn No. 57

Sylvester Brinkley (2001)

Jason Pugh (2002-04)

Craig Jenkins (2006)

Vinnie Henderson (2007-08)

David Hinds (2009)

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 Happy Fourth of July from Owl Access

Other links...

Sun Belt tells Georgia Southern it isn't expanding right now (Savannah Morning News)
Magazines picking FAU to finish 9th in Sun Belt (Murfreesboro Daily News-Journal)
WKU pickus up commitment from Port St. Lucie offensive lineman (Bowling Green Daily News)



Happy Fourth of July from Owl Access

We here at Owl Access would like to wish you a happy Fourth of July and be safe no matter where you are celebrating.

Of course, many of you may be heading to the Fourth of July fireworks at FAU.

Here are the details, and be on the lookout for new AD Pat Chun, who Tweeted earlier today that he would be on campus taking in the fireworks. Ne sure to give him a follow @pat_chun.

City of Boca Raton's Fabulous July 4th Celebration. Located on FAU grounds.

  • Event times 6:30pm - 9:30pm.

  • Family activities: Face painters, jugglers, bounce houses, and more.

  • Boogie Brothers Concert at 7:30pm

  • Fireworks Show by Zambelli at 9:00pm

Countdown to kickoff: 58 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 58: LB Conard Johnson

The 6-foot, 225 pound Johnson redshirted last season as a freshman..

FAU players who have worn No. 58

Mike Leshe (2001-03)

Raul Valero (2006)

Dino Cox (2007-10)

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Chun cites Owl Access story during ESPN760 interview

Other links...

MTSU names new softball coach (Murfreesboro Daily News Journal)

UNT's Tony Mitchell headed to LeBron James Skills Academy (Denton Record-Chronicle)


Chun catching up on FAU by visiting Owl Access?

New FAU Athletics Director Pat Chun said Monday he did extensive internet research on FAU during the interview process.

It looks like he did some of that research on as he referenced our ranking of the top 100 players in FAU history we compiled for the program’s 100th game in 2009 during an interview on ESPN760 on Monday.

Chun must have been taking notes because he even knew some of the players that barely made the list, namely ESPN760 host and WPTV Ch. 5 sports anchor Jason Pugh, a former FAU player who came in solidly at No. 98 on our list.

You should really listen to the clip, but here is the on-air exchange between Chun and ESPN760’s Jeremy Marks-Peltz and Pugh on Monday afternoon.

Chun: …The good administrators are the ones that can be creative, reach out to people and really pound the pavement and lean on great alums like Jason. I just read he is the 98th best player in school history, I believe?

Pugh: (laughing) 98th. That is correct.

Marks-Peltz: Pat, I was going to ask you how much preparation in order for getting this job did you have to know about Jason Pugh ?

Marks-Peltz: You know what? I come from a place where a lot of your alums end up on TV and do stuff in the media. You always have to remember how great their career was and know that it just gets better and better every year they are gone. I assume Jason’s the same way. If he’s the 98th now, that ranking just keeps getting better and better as we get more players to go through the program.

Pugh: I have known Pat for about three and a half hours and I already love him. It’s amazing. It really is.

We agree with Jason on this one and appreciate Chun’s apparent excellent taste in FAU web sites.

Countdown to kickoff: 59 days until FAU's season-opener


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FAU’s current No. 59: DE Robinson Eugene

The 6-foot-5, 233-pound defensive end from North Miami, the same high school as linebacker Randell Johnson and tight end Nexon Dorvilus, redshirted last season. Had a solid spring where he was used mainly on the second-team.

FAU players who have worn No. 59

Tony Padilla (2001)

Shormari Earls (2002-05)

Ed Wertepny (2008-10)

Brandon Hando (2010)

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Pat Chun introduced as FAU’s new athletics director

More coverage: Palm Beach Post / Sun-Sentinel / University Press


Chun impressive at introductory press conference

Pat Chun's resume was good enough.

He was just as good in person.

Chun, a senior associate AD at Ohio State, was introuduced as FAU's athletics director at a press conference on Monday and the early returns for his approval rating were off-the-charts.

They usually are at introductory press conferences, but this one was different as there was nary any dissension among the ranks. There may have been other qualified candidates, but few that was a match between FAU's problems and Chun's strengths.

We'll have more coverage from Monday's announcement, but so far one has to be impressed with the choice of Chun to lead FAU into the next era.


Countdown to kickoff: 60 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 60: OL Carlton Falconer

The  6-foot-5, 255-pound redshirt sophomore from Fort Lauderdale-Dillard played in last season’s opener at Florida.

FAU players who have worn No. 60:

Kenneth Campos (2001-03)

Chris Munoz (2005)

Devon Erwin (2006)

Chris Athans (2007-08)

Patrick Gwynn (2007)

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FAU Athletics: Pat Chun to be named next AD

FAU Baseball: Former FAU catcher Albaladejo to sign with Nationals

FAU Stadium: Hosting a Major League Lacrosse team would be good for FAU

More articles on Pat Chun accepting job as FAU's next AD...

Columbus Dispatch / University Press / Sun-Sentinel



Former FAU catcher Albaladejo to sign with Nationals

Former FAU catcher Mike Albaladejo didn't expect to wait this long to start his professional career, but that wait is finally over.

Undrafted a few weeks ago, Albaladejo has agreed to terms with the Washington Nationals.

"It was disappointment during the draft but I kept the faith," Albaladejo said.

A couple teams had shown interest in signing Albaladejo in the previous weeks but backed away. Albaladejo had been considering playing independent ball before getting a call from the Nationals on Saturday.

"It was almost surreal, the feeling I felt," Albaladejo said. "It was the shot that I wanted."

Albaladejo will undergo a physical at the Nationals spring training facility in Veira on Monday, then expects to sign his contract. Even though he primarily played second base as a senior, the Nationals want Albaladejo to return to the catching position.

He will be assigned to the Gulf Coast League Nationals which are based in Viera. The Nationals will play both of the GCL teams located in Jupiter this week, but unlike the Florida State League which plays in the spring training stadiums mostly during the night, the GCL games are on the back fields during the day.

If you are planning to go see Albaladejo play, bring plenty of water and sun screen. But the trip will likely be worthwhile.

Hosting a Major League Lacrosse team would be good for FAU

Fifteen minutes prior to the start of yesterday's Major League Lacrosse All-Star game, attendance appeared as though it would be pretty troubling. The stadium looked and felt emptier than, well, an FAU football game.

The crowd didn't exactly swell, but it may have doubled in the final minutes leading to the start of the contest. In the end, there more than 4,000 people in the stadium - nearly all of them sitting on the east side in order to be seen  by the TV cameras. (The priority club was open for a VIP reception, but the high priced seats where the Owls' season ticket holders usually sits weren't used for the event.)

In the grand scheme of sports, attendance didn't impress. But MLL officials had said publically that they were hoping for 5,000 fans, so they almost reached that goal - however modest.

Officials indicated that the week in Florida led them to believe a team could exist in South Florida and they have a backer in none other than Howard Schnellenberger, who feels having a lacrosse team playing in FAU's stadium would be a boost for the campus.

He spent much of the night being an ambassador - walking through the VIP reception shaking hands, posing for pictures and swapping stories with anyone who wanted to talk.

If the MLL does decide to put a franchise in Florida, and if they decided to play in FAU's stadium (which, by the way, thoroughly impressed the out-of-town media) Owl fans would still have to wait a little while to make a habit of heading to the stadium during the summer.

MLL officials aren't talking about announcing another round of expansion until January and any team that comes into creation wouldn't play for another year afterward.

Still, seeing something other than football played in the Owls' new stadium proved entertaining and, judging by the number of kids with lacrosse sticks there were sitting in the stands, it could draw an audience.

If there's one aspect of marketing everyone at the Oxley Center seems to agree with, it's that anytime people head to that stadium - whether it's for football or another reason - the university gains fans.

Countdown to kickoff: 61 days until FAU's season-opener


Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 61: OL Eric Minemyer

Minemyer is still listed as No. 61 on the Owls’ official roster, but actually was wearing No. 49 by the end of spring drills as he moved from offensive line to tight end.

FAU players who have worn No. 61:

Eddie Dunbar (2001)

Brian Pare (2002-03)

Kristopher Rush (2004-08)

Rashad Bolad (2007)

Cory Davis (2009)

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FAU Football: FAU Stadium makes ESPN2 debut for MLL All-Star Game

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...Crowd impresses at lacrosse All-Star Game (Sun-Sentinel)
...Boca Raton hosts Major League Lacrosse All Star game (WPTV)
...Major League Lacrosse All-Star game at FAU Stadium appears to be a success (Palm Beach Post)
...Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends": FAU's Earnest Crumbley (
...Boise State makes it official, withdraws from Mtn. West (Idaho Statesman)



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