May 26, 2001
Boca Raton News
Guest Commentary: Howard Schnellenberger
I'd like to introduce you to Florida Atlantic University's inaugural season opponents.
It begins September 1 at 4:00 at Pro Player Stadium against The Pride of Slippery Rock University. Once the team's starting quarterback and now in his 13th season as head coach, George Mihalek led "Rock Pride" to its third straight undefeated conference season.
We travel north by caravan on September 8 to Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach. It's the 101st football season for the Bethune-Cookman University which touts its "Wyattbone" offense. Coming off back-to-back winning seasons, Alvin Wyatt starts his fifth year as the Wildcats' head coach.
The Owls travel on September 15 to Harrisonburg, VA to face the Dukes of James Madison University. Bridgeforth Stadium is the site of the match-up against Head Coach Mickey Matthews and his 46 returning lettermen whose 2000 home season record was 6-0.
We return to Pro Player on September 22 to play Marist College of Poughkeepsie, NY. Ten-year Head Coach Jim Parady brings 78 returning lettermen from the Red Foxes' 7th consecutive winning season.
Coming off a 5-1 home season, the Drake University Bulldogs host the Owls on October 6 in Drake Stadium. The Iowa team started in 1893. Rob Ash begins his 13st year as head coach with an 84-38-2 record.
In their fourth year of play, Head Coach Steve Gilbert and the Dolphins travel to Pro Player on October 13. The Jacksonville University team includes 24 seniors, two players earned All-America Honors last season.
On October 20, the Owls host 60 returning lettermen of the Gael's 2000 rushing record-setting year. Tim Landis is in his second year of coaching the Celtic warriors from St. Mary's College of California.
Pro Player is the site of the October 27 fowl match-up against Head Coach Rob Stern and the Peacocks of St. Peter's College. The NCAA ranked the 2000 Jersey City, NJ team in five major Division I-AA defensive statistical categories.
The Owls travel on November 3 to Spangler Stadium where they face the Runnin' Bulldogs in Boiling Springs, NC. Gardner-Webb College's head coach Steve Patton led his 2000 team to a No. 35 ranking in I-AA competition.
With the experience of seven NCAA I-AA playoffs, Eastern Illinois University brings its record-setting offense to Pro Player on November 10. Bob Spoo has coached the Panthers for 15 years.
The inaugural year ends on November 17 against Albany University and Head Coach Bob Ford. The Great Danes' 2000 offense ranked 14th nationally in rushing.
Every fan can be proud that we've been able to assemble these long-time
traditional football teams. Our schedule might be the most exiting and
challenging first year of any team. A successful season against such
mature programs should considered a huge success and preparation for a more
challenging 2002 season and beyond.