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FAU's Schnellenberger retiring after this season

Posted on: August 11, 2011 12:02 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2011 5:22 pm
 

Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schnellenberger announced Thursday afternoon he is retiring after this season.

CBSSports.com first reported Schnellenberger's decision to retire.

"After looking at the situation, Beverlee and I are delighted that the University has welcomed our decision to leave the coaching ranks following the 2011 season," Schnellenberger said. "We will continue our relationship with the University in the most pronounced way. I feel this will be the most seamless and best way to formulate a transition from coaching to an ambassador for the University."

The 77-year-old Schnellenberger began the FAU program in 2001. He is 57-63 with the Owls. He also has had head coaching jobs at Oklahoma (1995), Louisville (1985-94) and Miami (1979-83). He won the 1983 national championship with the Hurricanes. He has a 157-140-3 record in 26 seasons as a college head coach.

The Owls open this season with five consecutive road games against Florida, Michigan State, Auburn, Louisiana-Lafayette and North Texas before playing their home opener against Western Kentucky on Oct. 15.

Against WKU, FAU will debut its new 30,000-seat, $70 million football stadium, a project that Schnellenberger was instrumental in helping fundraise.

"Three university presidents were involved in this, but one coach," FAU president Mary Jane Saunders said last week. "And it's coach Schnellenberger that made this happen. The vision that this university that he came to after an incredibly illustrious career. We're grateful to have him. He's done a fabulous job with all the guys and I'm just so pleased I could share this day with you."

In 2007, Schnellenberger was named the Sun Belt’s Coach of the Year, the first time in his career he ever received a league coach of the year award. He guided the Owls to consecutive bowl games in 2007 and 2008.

Schnellenberger, who also was a head coach with the Baltimore Colts in 1973 and 1974, has been involved with college football for nearly 60 years. He played at Kentucky for Bear Bryant. His first coaching job was in 1959 as an assistant at Kentucky. He also was an assistant at Alabama and then the NFL's Los Angeles Rams and Miami Dolphins, including the Dolphins' perfect season in 1972.

After his two-year stint as the Colts head coach, he returned to the Dolphins in 1975 before taking over as the Hurricanes in 1979.

At Miami, Schnellenberger went 41-16. He won the national title in his final season with a 31-30 victory against Nebraska when NU coach Tom Osborne opted to go for the winning two-point conversion. Schnellenberger left Miami for the USFL, but he never coached a game in that league and returned to the college ranks at Louisville, where he spent 10 seasons.

He was at Oklahoma for only one season, then began building FAU's program as the Owls moved from Division I-AA to FBS status as Sun Belt members.





Comments

Since: Oct 15, 2011
Posted on: October 15, 2011 8:04 pm
 

FAU's Schnellenberger retiring after this season

See my comment to you posted Oct 15 from Lynn Arlene.



Since: Oct 15, 2011
Posted on: October 15, 2011 7:57 pm
 

FAU's Schnellenberger retiring after this season

What a nasty thing to say.  If you only knew what  Beverlee and Howard Schnellenberger have gone through you would not make a comments like that.
I wish both Beverlee and Howard Schnellenberger nothing but the best of health and hope that all their wishes come true. They certainly deserve the best in their retiring years. Thanks Coach for over 50 years of coaching football and just doing your best the these kids.

P.S Whutevah - If you can't say anything nice about someone, keep it to yourself  - you must be a very lonely person. Get out and meet someone. I will pray for you.



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 11:50 pm
 

FAU's Schnellenberger retiring after this season

Schnelly was the best!! Thanks Coach!! You will be missed. Go Canes!



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 10:57 pm
 

FAU's Schnellenberger retiring after this season

Thank you Tex Tech & Fallen...

While in Louisville....all he did was replace games with Murry State, Eastern KY & SIU w/ games against Texas, Tennessee & Penn St - while going deep south to recuit the leftovers after the SEC had picked it clean.  Ever hear of Sam Madison, Ray Buchannon, Mark Clayton, Ted Washington & Roman Oben ?

All the best to you coach....and we thank you.



Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2011 10:30 pm
 

FAU's Schnellenberger retiring after this season

How come he always mentions Beverlee?? Is she on the coaching staff? Did she cook meals for the Hurricanes during their title runs? Howard is a good program builder and won a title at a private school with a bunch of thugs from overtown he recruited and started the legacy continued by Jimmie Johnson but hes not a hall of famer, hes barely above .500
he laid the groundwork for a very successful way of building teams. he did what coaches like joe paterno wouldnt do. he actually went into the hood to get his players, and give them a chance to make something of themselves. for all the emotional pain and political striff going on in miami back in the 80's, the city was able to come together and have something to be proud of. 


The U had one of the best dynastys in football, both college and pro ball. and it all started with snelly. hate all you want, the guy deserves to be in the hall of fame hands down



Since: Oct 6, 2007
Posted on: August 11, 2011 9:39 pm
 

FAU's Schnellenberger retiring after this season

Schnellenberger is one the game's most underrated coaches. He started or re-built 3 programs from nothing. To those who say his record is under .500 at FAU take a look at his out of conference schedule every year. He could schedule teams out of the "power" conferences but he rarely does. This year his first 3 games are against powerhouses all on the road.

I have nothing but respect for this guy. He is a definite HOFer.



Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 8:12 pm
 

FAU's Schnellenberger retiring after this season

No guy. This is just a guy who had the balls to throw away his fame and glory for the sake of helping to build a new program I honestly give this guy a pat on the back. You would never see these greedy coaches like Muschamp doing something like this in their final years as a coach.



Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2011 8:04 pm
 

FAU's Schnellenberger retiring after this season

Schnelly hasn't been relevant for decades.  Seems his latest decision shows that he's the last one to realize that.  Warning to FAU . . . Don't let Beverlee near anything valuable.  Word has it that she has sticky fingers.  I also wouldn't suggest toasting Howard on his way out.  He doesn't know when to stop "toasting".



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 6:18 pm
 

FAU's Schnellenberger retiring after this season

Damn, Cusefan, who pissed on your Frosted Mini Wheats this a.m.?!




Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: August 11, 2011 6:02 pm
 

FAU's Schnellenberger retiring after this season

How come he always mentions Beverlee?? Is she on the coaching staff? Did she cook meals for the Hurricanes during their title runs? Howard is a good program builder and won a title at a private school with a bunch of thugs from overtown he recruited and started the legacy continued by Jimmie Johnson but hes not a hall of famer, hes barely above .500.


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