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FAU to receive $1 million total for the two road games against Miami

Howard Schnellenberger says he had a simple reaction when he heard that FAU and Miami had finally agreed to play each other in football.

“Hallelujah!” was the first thing the coach said popped into his mind.

Schnellenberger, of course, was responsible for building the Hurricanes into what would become the dominant football program of the 80s and 90s.

He is also the founder of FAU's program and now serves as an ambassador for FAU.

FAU fans should also rejoice. This is an amazing deal for the Owls. A source has told OwlAccess.com that interim AD Melissa Dawson not only negotiated a game with the Hurricanes in Boca Raton in 2015, but FAU will also receive a $500,000 guarantee for each of the two road games.

That's not quite the million or so dollars that FAU has been asking for from other BCS schools, but FAU will save a boatload of money because the travel costs are so minimal. Remember, Dolphins Stadium was the home of the Owls years before it became the home of the Hurricanes.

While the money is great, the exposure is even better for the Owls. I suspect there will be plenty of casual Miami fans from the surrounding area who will be seeing FAU stadium for the first time. If they like what they see from the stadium and the campus, and they enjoy the atmosphere – and there is ample reason to believe that's possible - they might decide that a college football in Palm Beach County is a great way to spend a Saturday.

“I think it's wonderful and I'm ecstatic that they came to an agreement,” Schnellenberger said. “It's going to mean a great deal to both schools. And more importantly it's going to have a major impact on collegiate football here in the south-central portion of Florida.”

Schnellenberger had tried to set up an FAU-Miami game since he came to Boca Raton. He said Miami wasn't interested.

Though I'm sure he would have liked to roam the sidelines one last time against the team he led to prominence, he won't say it.

“That's bygone times. I'm looking at it for the present and the future,” he said.

Whether he's on the sideline or in a suite, I'm sure plenty will be done to honor Schnellenberger.

Incidentally, Schnellenberger isn't surprised that Miami agreed to play a game on FAU's campus.

“We've come a long way,” Schnellenberger said. “We've got a stadium. They don't.”

April 21, 2012

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