On Wednesday night, prior to FAU’s first home game of the season, FAU’s sports information director for baskeetball sent an email to the media warning them not to look behind the curtain.
Space limitations have forced the amount of space in the media room at FAU Arena to be reduced this season in order to accommodate the cheer and dance teams room to change. PLEASE RESPECT THE PRIVACY OF THE TEAMS AS THEY CHANGE. If you are unsure of what space is off limits, PLEASE ASK FIRST in order to avoid any unpleasant incidents. I appreciate your cooperation in advance on this matter.
The Owls haven’t won 15 games in a season since 2010-11 and their basketball games are rarely covered by local media.
Members of the media, cheerleaders and the dance team now use the same door to enter the FAU media room. Cheerleaders and dancers bear left upon entering, ducking behind the curtain into a storage area to change.
Media members walk forward, around a separate curtain to the waiting tables. This is also the area where post game press conferences are held.
While seated at the tables, media members do not have a view of the curtain they can’t look behind, but are privy to the cheerleader and dance team members seemingly insatiable desire to count to four. Sometimes eight. After the game some cheerleaders gathered in the back of the room to fix each others’ hair – which looked fabulous!
Upon seeing the email, multiple members of the media joked that maybe it was in fact time to start covering FAU.
Alas, the new shared quarters didn’t prompt the media to turn out in throngs, as student media populated nearly the entire courtside media table
Those who didn’t attend Thursday’s game missed a 91-59 FAU blowout of Edward Waters, an NAIA school in Jacksonville.
GameBrowser: FAU (1-1) 91, Edward Waters (2-4)
Moving Forward: A little more than five minutes into the game, FAU led 18-2. FAU started fast and never looked back. …Gerdarius Troutman led all scorers with 23 points. …Center Ronald Delph grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds. …FAU shot 60.5 percent in the first half. …FAU out-rebounded Edward Waters 46-26,
Moving Backward: Starting forward William Pfister only managed two points on 1-of-3 shooting. …FAU only shot 36.4 percent in the second half,
Key Stat: 57 – first half points by FAU, giving the Owls a 57-23 lead heading into the locker room.
Instant Message: “So far so good. I’ll take credit for anything right now.” – FAU coach Michael Curry on whether switching the Owls’ bench from the south side of the arena to the north side brought a winning vibe.
Up Next: FAU faces Towson in Estero, Fl. on Monday as part of the Gulf Gulf Coast Showcase. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.