Aug. 17, 2000
BOCA RATON, FL -
Dorm doors will open this Sunday for the 35th time in Florida Atlantic University's history. However, it will mark the first time a FAU football player has established residence.
One of the first to greet the incoming football players iwll be Robert Clifford, fAU's newly hired Academic Advisor.
While Howard Schnellenberger, FAU's Director of Football Operations and Head Football Coach, has assembled the best possible coaching staff, his most recent hire signifies his diligence to academics as well. Few programs have the opportunity to truly allow its students to become acclimated to the academic side before they begin practicing football, some even play prior to classes starting.
"Our inaugural season will consist of constant teaching, both on the field and off," said Schnellenberger. "I believe the coaching staff is a collection of outstanding teachers of the game. The addition of Robert, on the academic side, follows suite. He relates will to people of all walks of life as well as various educational backgrounds. Like all of our coaches, he comes from a program that wins. These young men will be surrounded by people who can teach them how to win on and off the field."
Most recently, Clifford worked with the Continental Sports Management, however, he served as the University of Michigan's Associate Director and coordinator of Academic programs from 1977-97.
He graduated from Michigan in 1979, with a degree from the College of Literature, science and Arts, and was an integral part of building an academic program which supported over 600 athletes. He also maintained a staff of 30 co-workers and instructors
Clifford will be afforded the opportunity, like the coaches and other athletic staff, to build the FAU program from infancy, that building process will begin Sunday.
Inaugural Squad Schedule
Sunday, August 20, 2000, noon
Players move into dorms
Monday, August 28, 2000, 3:30 pm
Official practice begins on the tom Oxley Practice Fields