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Florida Signees

Feb. 17, 2001
Boca Raton News

Now that 98% of the high school senior prospects for intercollegiate football officially have become signees of their chosen institutions, the press has had the opportunity to study, digest and now report its conclusions.

Of the 294 candidates from high schools throughout the state of Florida, Conference USA signed 56 seniors, the ACC - 44, Independents - 39, Southeast Conference- 32, Big East - 29, Big 10 - 23, MAC -12, Big 12 - 11, WAC - 6, Mountain West - 6, PAC 10 -2, Big West - 1, and FAU - 33.

An upstate daily ran a listing of the Florida's most outstanding signees and chronicled a not too surprising statistic, five members of FAU's second recruiting class were included in the top 100.

Now that this class is safely secured, we move on to the most important task that lies ahead. It's time to launch FAU's season ticket sales blitz, thus relieving the pent-up enthusiasm in our students, alumni and fans of the heart who are watching closely the development of Fighting Owls' Football.

John Pacifico and Jake Ballinger are heading FAU's ticket operations. They were recruited for us by Danny Katz who, for more than five years, was the director of ticket sales for the Marlins and Dolphins. Keenly aware of the ins and outs of seating at Pro Player Stadium, Pacifico and Ballinger are at the telephones and ready to answer all calls that come in to 866-FAU-OWLS.

Windy Hall and Dwight Johnson have been marshaled to drive the important marketing arm of our outreach operation. They are putting to use their expertise garnered from football programs at the University of Central Florida and the University of Florida. Barry Epstein, Inc., a public relations firm, and Backus Turner, advertising specialists, will use years of experience to support sales and marketing endeavors.

Season ticket sales are the first and primary function of this talented team. The Family Plan offers a family of 4 a block of tickets for as low as $168 for the entire 7 home game season. From club level seats to the sidelines and corner/end zones, season ticket prices range from $70 to $105. Remember, priority seating can be established only through contributions to our Owl Fund boosters program.

On May 1, 1998 a time line for football greatness was established. As of today, with the second class of Big, Bad, Burly Birds recruited and season ticket sales underway, we remain on pace. We find ourselves on schedule to take FAU Football to national prominence. Now it's time for you to do your part, make your call today. It takes everyone to be number one!



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