Dec. 3, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL - I can tell you that Saturday was a date that many of my fellow staff members had circled on their calendars for quite a while, and not necessarily in a good way. It was the day that featured a tripleheader that would require many of us to work all three events.
My day started with the women's basketball team completing a perfect opening weekend in Sun Belt play with a 79-71 win over Arkansas State. What struck me was how much more relaxed the girls on the team were and I have to think that is a function of the attitude of new head coach Kellie Lewis-Jay.
After finishing up there, I made my way over to the football stadium just in time to catch the pregame recognition ceremony for the football players who were about to play in their final home game. While those players didn't get to close out their career with a victory, they did get the opportunity to play their final game on campus, only the second group of seniors to do so.
I returned to FAU Arena for the final event of the day, a men's basketball game against Arkansas State. Those in attendance got to see Greg Gantt and Stefan Moody tie their career highs and Mike Jarvis become FAU's winningest men's basketball coach at the Division I level. I heard more than one person say that the game and its atmosphere reminded them of the 2010-11 Sun Belt championship season.
When the day was over, it occurred to me that while it was an exhausting day, it was also a rewarding one. The fact that was I was lucky enough to work all three events served as a reminder of how lucky I am, individually and we, as an athletic department are collectively. If you were able to attend any or all of Saturday's events, I'm sure you felt the same way. If you weren't, there will be another chance in the spring. On February 23, baseball, softball, men's and women's basketball will all be hosting home games. It will be yet another opportunity to remind yourself that it's a great time to be an Owl.