After three consecutive 3-9 seasons, the FAU Owls hope to turn their horrendous luck around.
With the latest addition of new head coach Lane Kiffin, the Owls have certainly been making headlines. Kiffin definitely has a reputation that precedes him, from being one of the youngest head coaches in the NFL when he was the head coach for the Oakland Raiders, to being the offensive coordinator for one of the most prominent college football program, University of Alabama.
Now the Florida Atlantic University Football program is a completely different atmosphere from the Crimson Tide.
While Alabama is the powerhouse of the SEC with a dedicated fan base and is expected to contend for the National College Football championship, FAU is the opposite, with a losing record and barley able to fill it’s arena.
Kiffin stated that Boca Raton, Florida is a great place to live with many things to do, but his team needs to start winning to fill the empty stands.
With the season that the Owls had last year it will take more than a high profile name, head coach to turn things around but it is a great start, and Kiffin is up for the challenge.
As Kififn’s spring season came to an end, Kiffin’s goal was to get familiar with his new team and implement his system. FAU struggled on both sides of the ball last season, but in the spring game, the defense dominated the offense 62-33.
Kiffin felt good about the spring season and is focused on his team getting better. Despite the head coach attracting national attention, the Owls still struggle to get support from it’s local fanbase.
Rome wasn’t built in a day and the same goes filling the seats of a stadium. It will be a process but it is possible, especially with an exciting name in sports such as Kiffin.
The Owls have 18 starters returning. For the offense QB Jason Driskel, RB Buddy Howell, WR Kamrin Solomon, WR Nate Terry, WR Kalib Woods and on the defense DT Shalom Ogbonda, DE Hayden Nagel, CBs Chris Tooley and Raekwon Williams, to name a few.
FAU will have it’s season opener on Sept. 1, on a Friday night during prime time against Navy on ESPNU.