Feb. 27, 2013
February 27, 2013
It has been a few weeks since I have written. We were all faithful with writing and keeping fans posted until the recent weeks. I was faithful with eating healthy until recent weeks as well but all the best intentions are out the window once the spring sports begin. For example, our office has been involved in some way with 31 softball games since February 8. That is 31 softball games in 19 days. Throw in baseball, swimming, golf, tennis, track, signing day, stadium naming and moving to a new conference and I would be happy to name February the busiest month in since maybe December.
Florida Atlantic is in a "transformational" phase and it is a fun thing to be a part of. There are a few milestones in the department's history that I would liken it to.
A) Move to NCAA from NAIA
B) Move to NCAA Division I
C) Joining the TAAC (first conference affiliation)
D) Adding football
Only at this time, it is all at once. Director of Athletics Pat Chun has publically stated that this is the most important year in the history of FAU athletics. Partly because it is the year we are in and the year we can make a difference but, more importantly it is a year that his road map will be in place. It is a year that every program will be affected by the move to Conference USA. It will mark the first time since 1995 that every team is a member of the same league. At times it has been swimming, football being independent or men's soccer in a separate league. With the recent naming of the stadium, it also brings to a close the dream of an on-campus stadium that can give back to the athletics department. Strengthening the department can be the focus as opposed to getting it started, built, completed, opened and named. It is now home.
The mission of serving student athletes and many of the buildings remain the same but that maybe all you recognize five years from now. I always enjoy asking former student athletes if they have toured campus and if they got lost doing so. As a fan, I encourage you to be a part of the transformation. Come out to the game, visit camps, take advantage of the many events we have to offer.
Another thing that I enjoy is meeting different fans at the games. FAU fans come from all walks of life and range in age from a new born to a fan that I have seen for years but had never taken the time to talk too. His name is Jack. He is an avid baseball fan, who keeps his own scorebook, who just celebrated his 92nd birthday. Jack treats the press box to goodies and calls in from his car to make sure we are not in a rain delay. Rumor has it that he even has a Facebook page. If you want to have a knowledgeable discussion about FAU baseball, ask Jack.
Join Jack and the many other loyal FAU fans as we take the journey.