On Friday, Miami will take the short trip up to Boca Raton for a game against the FAU Owls. The two Florida schools share a bit of connected history—both have been coached by the legendary Howard Schnellenberger.
He took over a floundering Miami Hurricanes team in 1979, and turned them into a nine game winner in just his second year, and a national champion in 1983. After stops in Louisville and Oklahoma, Schnellenberger was hired by FAU in 1998, and built a football program up from scratch. The Owls moved up to the FCS level in 2005, joining the Sun Belt conference, and won back-to-back bowl games under Schnellenberger in 2007 and 2008. He retired after a rough 1-11 2011 season, but he is clearly the most important person in that program's history.
Schnellenberger will be on hand for the game between the Hurricanes and Owls, and will even participate in the coin toss—a pretty cool gesture to salute someone integral in the success of both programs.
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Miami is 1-0, beating Bethune-Cookman over the weekend 45-0. FAU is 0-1 after a dramatic 47-44 loss to Tulsa.