Athletics News

Moving Forward

Jan. 16, 2014

I write this morning in a quiet office, as the football staff has hit the road to put the final touches on several weeks work. Since Coach Partridge’s hiring, he has completed the puzzle of building a staff. I say puzzle because, each staff member must fit perfectly with the big picture. Each person brings a different strength and a different perspective to the program. Several left yesterday so that they would be in the respective high school as the doors opened for students this morning. Hitting the road are four gentlemen who were raised or played their college football in south Florida and understandably the tri county area will be a big part of their recruiting plan. Four have been a head coach and responsible for either a high school or college program and eight will be donning the FAU blue and red for the first time on a high school campus. Best of luck to them and keep them in your thoughts as they make the push to build the best 2014 class possible prior to Feb. 5.

Speaking of Feb. 5, football and athletics will host a “Signing Day Extravaganza.” The event is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. and will be held in the FAU Stadium Acura Club. It is open to the public with an admission cost of $50, paid in advance, or $75 at the door. The program will highlight the 2014 recruiting class. Light food and refreshments will be served and it will be a chance for Coach Partridge and his staff to introduce the newest recruiting class, show individual highlights and for fans to meet Coach Partridge, if you haven’t already done so.

Men’s basketball is in action tonight and also will be home on Saturday. The women’s team fell in a hard fought contest last night with in-state rival FIU. The Owls had not lost a home game since March 2, 2013, also to FIU. The game, which had 15 lead changes, saw four FAU players reach double-digit scoring. Latavia Dempsey led the Owls with 18. While the women’s team fought hard in the 96-88 loss, it was great to see the efforts of the newly formed FAU Athletics Marketing staff pay off with nearly 800 fans in attendance. Way to go gang! Everyone seemed to enjoy the game atmosphere as well as the game which was evident by the crowd staying until the final buzzer sounded.

While the men’s basketball team will be playing at home this weekend, women’s basketball, men’s swimming and diving, women’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis and women’s tennis will all be competing, on the road. You can catch all the results on and basketball games will be carried as video streams on Monday, Jan. 20th you can join Ken LaVicka and head men’s coach Mike Jarvis for the FAU SportsPage Radio show. The duo welcome questions live, from the on-location audience, as well as by calling 1-888-760-3776. Fans also can send their questions to Ken LaVicka via email (klavicka@espnwestpalm.xom or twitter @KLV106.3. Jan. 20th the show will originate from the Boca Marriott Hotel.

Go Owls!
Katrina McCormack

C-USA Unbridled Ambition Learfield