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FAU game at Hawaii a no-go, at least for now

Late Friday afternoon we broke the news that FAU expects to open it's 2012 football season at home against Wagner on Friday night, Aug. 31.

There are a couple more notes about next season's football schedule.

FAU and Hawaii have not come to an agreement to play next season, but that doesn't mean the deal is totally dead. The two schools will talk again in early February.

“It's probably a 30 percent chance, if I had to handicap it,” FAU Athletic Director Craig Angelos said.

The sticking point as far as FAU is concerned is that the Owls don't want to have to play a Sun Belt game the Saturday after returning from Hawaii.

The deal that was being discussed made it likely that FAU would have needed to travel to Hawaii for a Thanksgiving weekend game, fly home on Sunday, then had to prepare to play the final Sun Belt game of the year the following Saturday.

FAU could ask the Sun Belt to use that final Saturday as the Owls' bye week, but that would mean FAU would play 13 consecutive weeks without a bye.

Ideally, the Owls would like to play the Warriors in the final week, using it like a bowl trip.

“If I could finish up my season and play Hawaii after the last game, I would do that for sure,” FAU coach Carl Pelini said. “It's probably off the table right now, but it could come back on the table if the schedule works out.”

In some other schedule news, Navy released its schedule for the upcoming season. We've known for several years that Owls are traveling to face the Midshipmen in 2012. Those interested in making that  trip should circle Nov. 3 on their calender.

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Absolutely huge weekend for FAU. First, the men's and women's basketball teams knocked off FIU. Then the Battle of Florida took place in FAU's stadium. The Owls capped the weekend with five recruiting commitments, including JUCO quarterback Melvin German. Owl fans could look back at this weekend as one of the most important weekends in the football program's history.

We spent the afternoon keeping Owl fans informed about the commitments. Here is the final story of the night, which contains information about all five of the latest verbals.

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January 22, 2012

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