|Florida Atlantic Owls football|
2017 Florida Atlantic Owls
|Athletic director||Craig Angelos|
|Head coach||Charlie Partridge|
|1st year, 3–9 ()|
|Home stadium||FAU Stadium|
|Location||Boca Raton, Florida|
|League||NCAA Division I (FBS)|
|Template:Florida Atlantic Owls football history|
|All-time record||70–98 ()|
|Postseason bowl record||2–0 ()|
|Colors||Blue and Red
|Fight song||Florida Atlantic Fight Song|
|Mascot||Owsley the Owl|
|Marching band||Florida Atlantic Marching Owls|
The Florida Atlantic Owls are a member of the NCAA FBS Conference USA, playing their home games at Howard Schnellenberger Field at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. The Owls are currently coached by Charlie Partridge.
- 1 Overview and history
- 2 Records
- 3 Individual awards and honors
- 4 Push for a new stadium
- 5 Owls in professional football
- 6 Uniforms
- 7 Future Non-Conference Opponents
- 8 References
- 9 External Links
Overview and history[edit | edit source]
Florida Atlantic University football began play in 2001 with Howard Schnellenberger as the Owls' first coach. After competing their first four years as an NCAA Division I-AA independent, the Owls moved to Division I-A and the Sun Belt Conference.
In 1998, Florida Atlantic University announced it was pursuing the creation of an NCAA football program and that Howard Schnellenberger was going to lead the charge, as director of football operations and head coach. After his success in rebuilding programs at the University of Miami and the University of Louisville, Coach Schnellenberger now undertook the role of building a program from scratch. Much like his time at Miami and Louisville, Coach Schnellenberger did not shy from placing lofty expectations and high goals on his newly-created program. Even before FAU would play an intercollegiate game, Coach Schnellenberger explained the goal of FAU football would be to play the best teams it can schedule, in order for the program to aim for a National Championship in Division I-A football. These extreme goals were not unusual from a man like Coach Schnellenberger. At Lousiville, facing threats from the administration that the football team would be terminated, Schnellenberger made the bold (and now famous) prediction, "[We are] on a collision course with the national championship. The only variable is time.” 
On August 29, 2000, the first practice was held at the Boca Raton campus of FAU, and 164 students showed up to try out for the team. During the August 29, 2000 first practice, dubbed the inaugural scrimage game, FAU continued the tradition of Homecoming King, this time including the crowning ceremony of the King as part of the half time festivities. The Homecoming King crown was bestowed upon Wayne Burns, having been voted in by the majority of student population from across all the campuses at the time, which totaled five, then running a Q&A gauntlet along side the top three candidates, conducted by a committee of students and faculty, who then voted to determine if Mr. Burns would move to the winners circle or if the next candidate would get the crown. Mr. Burns, was driven around the scrimage game field in a convertible Rolls Royce to waive to the 164 students in the stands, many of whom voted for him. Wayne Burns was and is the oldest Homecoming King to ever receive the honor at FAU. Florida Atlantic joined the NCAA Division I-AA as an Independent team for the 2001 season. Its first-ever intercollegiate competition was against Slippery Rock University, which the Owls lost 40-7 in front of 25,632 fans at Pro Player Stadium / Joe Robbie Stadium. During half time of the inaugural intercollegiate game at Pro Player, FAU Homecoming King Wayne Burns entered the field for a ceremony to hand off the king's staff to a new king.
The team finished its inaugural season at 4-6 and followed the next season at 2-9. Major accomplishments in its first two seasons include the program's first win, which came in its second game, against Bethune Cookman, 31-28, and won in the first meeting with newly-created south Florida rival, Florida International University, 31-21.
On September 15, 2007 FAU defeated its first Big Ten opponent with a 42-39 victory over the University of Minnesota.  Led by Rusty Smith, FAU beat Troy University in the final game of the 2007 season to become Sun Belt Conference champions and received an invitation to the 2007 New Orleans Bowl, its first ever bowl bid. As a result, in just the seventh year of the football program's history, and the third year playing in Division I, Florida Atlantic set an NCAA record by becoming the youngest program ever to receive an invitation to a bowl game.
On August 11, 2011, Howard Schnellenberger announced he would retire at the end of the season. On December 1, 2011 FAU offered Carl Pelini, the Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive coordinator to become their new head coach, a position he accepted.
Records[edit | edit source]
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Head coaches[edit | edit source]
Bowl games[edit | edit source]