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July 2, 2007

Question from Adam
I just wanted to tell you my story... thought it might be encouraging to you.

I'm an FAU senior, loved the school but never got into watching sports at all. I never went to a football game, baseball game, nothing.

One night last season, I was walking back to my car after a study group and I noticed that the “Burrow” was lit up, playing music, people streaming in and out. I thought, "I've been walking past that place for four years and I've never been inside. I should at least go check it out."

So I put my bag in my car, walked on over, looked in and saw all the commotion. I heard people rooting for FAU with all their might and thought, "Wow, I may finally have found some other people who like this school."

Another thing I didn't know was that I could get in for free -- I wonder how many other people at FAU are unaware of that!

So I sat in and watched the game I think it was the WKU game. I cheered like crazy! I had such a great time! Since that time, I made it a point to try to attend as many games as possible.

I'm glad I did. FAU basketball really grew on me. I hyped it up and brought four FAU friends to “BURY THE BURROW IN RED II.” They had an amazing time too -- sooo close! The crowd was so loud you couldn't hear yourself think. Outside, the cars were strewn all over the grass in places I've never seen people park. Just an unbelievable number of people there.

Next season, I'm going to be there. I'm sure my friends are too. We're fans now.

And we're not alone. I think everybody who went to “BURY THE BURROW” wants to relive those moments.

I hope we can pack the “Burrow” to the brim this year. I hope FAU basketball becomes the best thing to do on-campus. We're letting the freshmen know early to get their red shirts and be ready to support FAU.

I wanted to tell you this because sometimes people in Athletics think students don't care. We do. We're FAU students. This is our home. This is Owl Country.

Go Owls!!!

Response from Head Coach Rex Walters
Wow! That really means a lot to me. At the end of the day, what we are trying to do over here with the basketball program and Athletics Department is to give our students, school and community something to feel proud of. It is so good to hear that you had a good time and wanted to come back and support us. There is no doubt in my mind that our success is directly tied to our student involvement and we want to be a place for all students to come out on “Game Night” and have a great time. Thank you so much for your email. Your email will be posted in our Locker Room for our players to see.

With much appreciation!

Coach Walters

p.s. I hope I get the opportunity to meet you, please come by the office if you get a chance.

Question from Lew
Hi Coach Walters,
This past April after interviewing DeAndre Rice I contacted Erik Spoelstra of the Heat and told him what I good prospect he would be. I hope that in a small way it helped to get the Heat to take a look at him. Good luck with your recruiting. I look forward to the 2007-08 season.


Response from Head Coach Rex Walters
Thanks for the plug of DeAndre! Mr. Rice played pretty good up there and represented himself and the program well. Thanks again for the positive words to Eric!

Coach Walters

Question from Carlos
Hello Sir,
I am writing to find out if there is a realistic time frame for an on campus stadium? If there is, what can students do to help it become more of a reality?

Response from Athletics Director Craig Angelos
Thanks for your email. The latest update on the stadium is that we are trying to raise approximately $5 million in one form or another in order to have the stadium completed for the 2010 football season. If that goal is not attained in quick fashion, then it may force us to a year later. Nevertheless, we are very optimistic that we are all shooting for a 2010 opening of our new stadium. I know this has been a long process and I am sure that there will be more twists and turns but we will keep you updated as that occurs.

Thanks for your support,

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