Aug. 22, 2012
Welcome to the Daily Hoot. We hope to bring "tidbits" of information that may or may not warrant a spot with the traditional stories and to also provide an insight into the lives of FAU Athletics and its employees.
2011-12 was a monumental year for FAU Athletics, one that presented changes at every turn. We welcomed three new head coaches and their staffs, a new director of athletics and of course opened the on-campus football stadium. No one change is bigger than the next because each is a very important puzzle piece towards success.
As Pat Chun, the new Director of Athletics and newest addition told the coaches and student athletes, "This is the most important year in the history of FAU athletics. Why? Because it is the year we control."
This summer I have been asked repeatedly, how is it going? How is Coach Pelini? How is the team? I can't give you a win total, nor would I but I can say it is going well, Coach Pelini is focused on the players being winners on and off the field, and the team is dedicated, disciplined and working extremely hard. Players are stronger and their game fast paced game will keep you in your seats.
Assistant women's basketball coach Vera Jones addressed nearly 500 FAU student athletes Monday night at the athlete's welcome back meeting, as did President Mary Jane Saunders, FAU Professor and NCAA FAR Eric Shaw, and Athletics Director Pat Chun. Each brought a specific message. President Saunders spoke of character and representing FAU, Dr. Shaw the value of FAU and a college education, Pat Chun of leadership and Jones "playing your position passionately."
Jones' remarks will resonate with some, as they did with me. Those that embrace the "three Ps" will be our team leaders and are the individuals who will help the Owls take flight.
Hang on Owl Fans - we are embarking on the greatest year of FAU Athletics.