Dec. 4, 2013
The Owls have been on a run the last few weeks: football is 4-0 in its last four games; men's basketball thrilled the FAU student section by downing in-state foe UCF 75-64 Tuesday night in a game that the Owls took control of with three minutes remaining. Women's basketball played host to a tournament during the Thanksgiving break and has captured five wins in a row, including two road games which are always hard to get. That is the easy way to say, there have been plenty of events to keep one busy.
We do have a little lull in the action while the student athletes prepare and take their final exams. Football will host its season ending banquet and the University will name its next coach in the coming days or weeks.
For me, it is a nice time to clean-up and archive things on the office computer. We have great photographers which capture as many events and functions as they can. Going through the photos brings out the sentimental in me.
Former FAU quarterbacks: Graham Wilbert (current GA), Jeff Van Camp (Boca Raton police officer) and Jared Allen (current FAU assistant). Photo taken at the 2013 FAU vs FIU football game.
First gathering of FAU quarterbacks was at the FAU vs Western Kentucky game in 2010: Jared Allen (then FAU assistant) Rusty Smith (then Rookie with the Tennessee Titans, who he is still with), then Head Coach Howard Schnellenberger and then senior quarterback Jeff Vancamp.
You also get to see how much the players mature during their time here. Sometimes when you are in the thick of games you forget that just a year ago, we were counting on a different leader. Developing leaders is one of the department's core values. The mid-season football team adversity certainly showed who the leaders were and that the team was ready to follow. For those young men who stepped up and led the Owls to a 6-6 record, a bowl eligible record for the first time since 2008, I applaud you.
Another new tradition for FAU Athletics is taking a photo of the graduating class with the President. We took that photo this morning. Twenty-two student-athletes are on track to graduate next week.
2013 December Graduates
Thanks for the memories and thanks for your part in Building Champions Brick-by-Brick.