John McCormack led the Owls to their third NCAA Tournament in four years. (OwlAccess.com photo)
The Owls overcame events that would have crippled many teams to deliver an improbable C-USA title. FAU's resilience is the No. 2 FAU sports story of 2016.
No. 3: FAU becoming nationally relevant
Upsets and near misses
FAU beat Miami in one sport and nearly did so in another, scared Florida twice and nearly surprised Florida St. Our No. 3 story of the year is the increasing competitive balance between the Owls and the Big Three Florida schools.
No. 4: Hard not to like softball season
Nothing soft about it
Owls' softball claimed Conference USA's regular season and tournament titles - the first FAU program to accomplish either feat. Their run to the NCAA Tournament is our No. 4 FAU story of the year.