Florida Atlantic head coach Howard Schnellenberger will reportedly announce his retirement at a press conference on Thursday afternoon, according to a report. A cryptic tweet in the morning, announcing the press conference, had everyone's mind drifting towards the worst, and CBS' Brett McMurphy confirmed our fears with his report of Scnellenberger's retirement. It won't happen immediately, but following the 2011 season, the long-time coach will ride off into the sunset.
We don't hide our love for Schnelly: the man, the myth, the coaching legend. His career speaks for itself, and includes tenures at Louisville, Oklahoma, Miami and FAU, the program he started. At FAU, Schnellenberger compiled a 57-63 record, leading the Owls to bowl games in 2007 and 2008, both of which he won.
Schnellenberger's college head coaching career began in 1979, when he was hired to lead the Miami Hurricanes. While at Miami, Schnellenberger won a national title in 1983 before leaving for a USFL venture that never got off the ground. He returned to the college ranks in 1985 at Louisville, coached for 10 years, then spent a year at Oklahoma. After a break from coaching, he returned to the profession at FAU, where he built the program from scratch.
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