The basketball season is just around the corner, so we stopped by to talk with coach Mike Jarvis, who seems happy with the attitude of this year's players.
Here's our report.
BTW, there is a link on that story to the Yahoo! Sports Sun Belt Preview that has FAU picked 4th in the East Division and Greg Gannt a All-Sun Belt selection.
I don't know about anyone else, but I am ready for some great and exciting basketball. I think things are beginning to fall into place. We have some talented players who want to be here and be "team" players.
Let's go Owls!!
The "team" angle was stressed in the talks I've had with Jarvis and some of the players.
There was a much more positive attitude around The Burrow today than at the end of last season.
I love this recruiting class and I know there will be some growing pains with these guys, but it's going to be something to watch them develop.
We are probably a year away from competing for the Sun Belt title, but I think we will make some noise this season.
@Deerfield.. I agree. This class has more potential than the players we put on the court last year. I think they will be a more exciting team to watch. A team that the kids and paying fans will like to go see.
It was a good tip-off event at The Burrow for hoops season on Thursday.
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I thought it was kind of lame that there was no scrimmage, dunk contest or anything except the team holding a surfboard.
No scimmage = waste of time. We came to see the new basketball team play not the Greeks.
FAU Hoops picked 4th in Sun Belt East and Greg Gantt named 2nd team All-SBC.
See complete poll and pre-season teams PLUS which 5 FAU games are on TV this year.
Any word if FAU will play FIU when they leave the conference? This is one of the best games of the year and I hope we continue the rivalry. Watching us play against former players will even add to the excitement.
I'd say the series has a good chance of continuing for basketball.
The two teams met often when FIU moved to the Sun Belt and FAU was in the Atlantic Sun.
It's just helps both schools with easy travel.
Football is a different story and I think this will be the last Shula Bowl for a while.
I sure hope not. the shula bowl is awesome.
In my comment above, I was talking about basketball. I am hearing that it will not happen. It would be a shame as that is usually the most exciting home basketball game of the year. A Pitino vs Jarvis rivaly would be awesome for ESPN to air as well. In regards to the football rivaly, FIU never brings fans so it won't be that big of a deal. For the players sake, I am sure they would love to play FIU every year. For all sports it makes sense as there really is no extra travel cost involved.
Got up early and hustled over to campus for the "Breakfast at The Burrow" open practice Saturday morning.
There was a a nice crowd to watch the workout and then listen as Jarvis asked the fans to come back for the games.
Plus, an added bonus after the practice was the photo shoot for the official team picture.
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Rusty Smith released by Calgary on Sunday.
Hopes he can catch on with another CFL team or get an invite to an NFL team training camp. We hope so too!
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