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November 13, 2007

Question from Cook
Seriously Coach, We the fans, the fans soaked to the bone sitting through this tension-packed ULM game, fans who ran from endzone to endzone twice to cheer on the team, want to know why the Sun Belt officials deemed a blocked field goal that we recovered to be given back to ULM?

What happened? We want answers.

Response from Head Coach Howard Schnellenberger
I looked for answers as well and was given a straight forward answer and a semi apology. In essence, there was an inadvertent whistle late in the completion of the play that confused the official. I was told there were two infractions against Monroe, illegal batting and the other was a premature touch. We were given the option of which penalty to take. The best gave Monroe the ball back with a 10 yard penalty and third and long.

The proper would have been illegal touch which meant that anything happening after that was not relevant, but gave them the ball back. The only saving grace on the event was their 4th down attempt was blocked which sent it into a second overtime.

Question from Alex
Hello coach!
Do we still have a chance at winning the conference?

Thanks Alex

Response from Head Coach Howard Schnellenberger
Yes we do. After we win the game against FIU we will meet Troy at their Stadium on December 1. If Troy beats Middle Tennessee, they will be 6-0 and we would be 5-1. Our win would tie us in the won/loss column, but the first tiebreaker is direct competition. Our win would give us the championship and the bid to the New Orleans Bowl.

Question from Jack
Hello Coach S,
Just wondering why we so often choose to throw short passes to get 3-7 yards at a time to eat our way down the field slowly but surely rather than making Big East-style long passes to gain 20+ yards every down?

Because our fourth quarter performances, where we're putting 2 TD's on the board in less than four minutes to stay afloat or beat the opposing team, shows we CAN do it.

Is it because of risk of turnovers, is it uncertainty of catching ability, or something else...?

I'm seeing teams like Kentucky and Auburn do it and I'm just trying to figure out why we don't.

Response from Head Coach Howard Schnellenberger
On any given down with any given pass play, the quarterback has a set of keys that he is required to go through. When throwing strong side generally you have three receivers involved. One short receive is designated as the no. 1 receiver. Generally, the second is a clearing pattern 10-12 yard pattern. The third option is a back or tight end running a flat pattern to stretch the defense latterally. In order to be successful and hit a high percentage of passes to move the chains, you must take the first option, if it is available which happens more than 50% of the time. The second option is a 20% completion average and only comes open periodically. The third option, with the flare control underneath comes open the balance of the time, some 10-15%. It is only when you are throwing on first down or very long yardage that call is made. If thrown and not completed, we still have another down to pick up the first. I do want to disagree with you about the percentage of short passes we throw in relation to teams you mentioned. Our percentage or average per catch is regarded on the high end of that relative scale.

Question from Alan
Hello Coach,
I heard through the grapevine that the Army pulled out of a home game against Georgia Tech in 2008 and now GT is looking for an opponent.

Could FAU be that opponent?

Response from Head Coach Howard Schnellenberger
I donít know. Our schedule is full in í08.

Question from Adam
I wanted to take the time to thank you for all that you have done to put FAU on the map. I was a freshman at FAU in 2001 and am a proud supporter from the beginning! My question is..Where do you see FAU in the near future? What are the program's goals? Thank you and keep up the great work!

Response from Head Coach Howard Schnellenberger
Well, I see us continuing in the Sun Belt Conference, winning the championship and playing in a new stadium in 2010.

We will continue to have top of the line out of conference scheduling to have a dramatic surge and support in attendance in our 30,000 seat stadium, with a capacity crowd the first game, the first year and the years to come. Then we can proudly expand the stadium to 40, 000. With a renovated and beautiful basketball arena, and a dramatic improvement in the program so that by 2012 or 2013 we will become attractive as a department to a BCS Conference that would raise our standing. This would allow us to recruit on an even level with UF, FSU, UM, USF, UCF and others. We can then compete for the national championship in a reasonable time.

Question from Chad
Hey Coach,
People often say that schools want to go to a bowl because the winner takes home a bunch of money.

We're trying to get into the New Orleans Bowl. If we were to win that, how much would we make and how would that money be used to improve the program/facilities?

Response from Head Coach Howard Schnellenberger Developing football programs that qualify for a smaller bowl will never enjoy the profit. In fact at UM the first bowl appearance in over two decades, the Peach Bowl, the University was required to guarantee 10,000 tickets for a sum of $300,000. The University was glad to do it because of the value it added to the entire department as well as the university itself. The bowls slightly smaller than BCS bowls can sometimes garner a profit. When you get into a BCS conference and bowl the payout is astronomical. Not only do you get a participant share, but you share in the combined revenue of all the teams in the conference which can reach three million, Iím told.

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