2008 Motor City Bowl – Experience Counts As Florida Atlantic Shows Up Central Michigan, 24-21

wenty-five years ago Howard Schnellenberger coached Miami (FL) to a National Championship in 1983, a 31-30 win over Nebraska in the 1984 Orange Bowl. With that kind of positive experience, it was little wonder that Schnellenberger, now the coach of Florida Atlantic, led his team to a 24-21 upset win over Central Michigan in the 2008 Motor City Bowl.

Schnellenberger, who looks like every child’s favorite 74-year-old grandfather, was out of football for 3 years when he was asked to build a football program from scratch for Florida Atlantic in 1998. He came up with a plan, did the fund-raising and hired himself as head coach.

After playing Division 1-AA games for 4 years (going 11-3 and 9-3 the last 2 years), Florida Atlantic stepped up to Division 1-A competition. In the program’s 7th year, the Owls set an NCAA record by becoming the youngest program ever to receive an invitation to a bowl game; they won that game last year against Memphis in the New Orleans Bowl.

This year’s win over Central Michigan ufabet มือถือ เว็บออนไลน์ was Schnellenberger’s 6th straight bowl victory in his career; he has never lost a bowl game, winning his first in 1981, 27 years ago. Schnellenberger may be the least known college coachoutside of America’s coaching fraternity. Youngsters may not know him from Adam, but he is someone to be dealt with as a coach. His resume includes:

Being a head coach at Oklahoma, Louisville and Miami (FL). Being the offensive coordinator for the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins. Being head coach of the Baltimore Colts and offensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams. Being the offensive coordinator for Alabama and recruiting Joe Namath for head coach Bear Bryant in 1961.

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