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Former FAU QB Jared Allen joins coaching staff

There will be a familiar face on the practice field at the Oxley Center and on the FAU sidelines this fall.

Former quarterback Jared Allen is joining the coaching staff as a graduate assistant. For new FAU fans, Allen was the Owls' quarterback the first four years of the program's existence, but for those who were around then Allen needs no introduction.

Allen was a great ambassador of FAU football in the early years and has been to a few road games since then.

If Allen wants to get into the coaching profession, this will be a great opportunity. He knows the FAU offense about as well as anyone and if Jeff Brohm were to leave in the next few years, Allen would make an outstanding quarterbacks coach.

Until then, I'm sure he'll learn plenty from Brohm and, once again, Howard Schnellenberger.

Summer reading: The 2009 FAU football media guide is out and Katrina McCormack and the sports information staff have produced a stellar guide to Owls football. Unfortunately this could be the last guide published as many schools (including Michigan and Ohio State this season) are choosing to put their guides on the internet only.

Anyway this year's guide really plays up the "Football in Paradise" theme with the trophies from the 2007 New Orleans Bowl and the 2008 Motor City Bowl sitting on the beach.

Aside from being visually appealing, here a few tidbits I picked up on my first perusal of this year's guide.

  • The Sept. 19 game at South Carolina is listed as being on TV. I inquired about this and was told here is no deal in place yet and the channel hasn't been determined yet, but the game will be televised.

  • FAU is scheduled to play at Auburn on Sept. 24, 2011. The non-conference games that year are at Florida (Sept. 3), at Michigan State (Sept. 10) and at UAB (Dec. 10). Two SEC teams and a Big 10 team in the same year reminds me of some of the "Advanced Training" schedules of 2006 and 2007.

  • There is a page touting radio coverage of the Owls, but oddly enough it doesn't list any stations thst carry the game. It looks like FAU's three-year run on 640-AM is over after that station has signed on to carry USF games this fall.
    July 14, 2009
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