Sep 5, 2013
September 5, 2013
We are hours away from kick-off and I'm enjoying down time at Applebee's. I'm told since I'm at Applebee's with folks from FAU that I have to give them a shout out. I'm joined by this week's advance team of Melissa Dawson, Sr. Associate Athletic Director and Elizabeth Knips, Director of Ticket Operations as well as Owlsley and new to the crew Patrick Walker, Director of Marketing. It has been a quick week, but when I say that understand it has been a good week.
The week began last Saturday morning around 2 a.m. when we returned to the office from the game at UM. I stayed at the office until about 5 a.m. putting together the notes for the upcoming week. Notes are generally 40 pages long and are designed to introduce the opponent's media, as well as this week's television crew, to our team.
By Sunday, Coach Pelini had reviewed the UM game with the media and we were set for a Monday press conference to discuss this week's game. Pelini also joined ESPN's 106.3 Ken LaVicka for the weekly radio show hosted at Duffy's in Deerfield from 6-7 p.m. Each week, an FAU player will join the duo. Last week it was Mustafa Johnson. Tonight's game will determine who attends Monday.
We flew out on Wednesday, landed yesterday evening and have spent the morning watching the players move in and out of meetings.
Things are busy on campus with the Owl Scholarship Fund (OSF) hosting a "select-a-spot" for parking starting tonight. The FAU Alumni Association is hosting a watch party in the stadium Delray Beach Acura Club tonight and something not often said, IT IS A SELL OUT! Duffy's in Deerfield also is hosting a watch party and the added importance is that it is the first C-USA Thursday night game played on Fox Sports 1, before a national audience.
We will start all over again following tonight's game so the week will begin around 12:30 a.m. with the added bonus of a Sunday home women's soccer game versus UM scheduled for 1 p.m.