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Tag:Craig Angelos
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:48 am
Edited on: October 12, 2011 11:48 am

FAU interested in Mike Leach, Randy Shannon

Posted by Tom Fornelli

With Howard Schnellenberger retiring at the end of the season, FAU has already begun planning for his replacement, and the school has a couple of big names in mind. According to a report in the Miami Herald, FAU athletic director Craig Angelos plans on talking to both former Miami head coach Randy Shannon and former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach.

"Randy is a man of integrity, a first-class guy and first-class coach,” Angelos told the Herald. “I want to see if he’s interested.

“A lot of times when you give people a second chance they are better than the first time. They’ve learned from mistakes. They’re hungrier. That was the case with our basketball coach Mike Jarvis, and he won the conference here after three years. Randy can be better the second time around.”

Angelos also said that he "would consider" Leach and that the issues surrounding Leach that have kept him from getting a job elsewhere after his acrimonious -- and litigious -- departure from Texas Tech wouldn't be a problem at FAU. Angelos also mentioned the name of Jim Leavitt as a candidate, as he plans to "cast a wide net" and hopes to have something in place by December.

As for whether or not the interest in Shannon and Leach would be mutual, it doesn't sound like it with Shannon. According to the report, a "close associate" of Shannon's says he prefers a higher profile job than that of FAU, and would prefer it was out west, with the Arizona job currently catching his eye.

Leach, on the other hand, didn't say no.

“I do plan to coach,” said Leach when asked if he'd consider the FAU gig. “Craig is a great man and FAU is a great program. Anything negative that happens to Miami can only help FAU and FIU.”
Posted on: July 7, 2011 3:21 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 4:01 pm

This season could be Schnellenberger's last

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

There aren't too many head coaches that could be accurately described as "legends" still walking a college football sideline, but Howard Schnellenberger is one of them. The 77-year-old architect of the modern-day versions of former sad-sacks Miami and Louisville is now in his 11th season at Florida Atlantic, the Boca Raton program he guided from the ground up into the 2007 Sun Belt championship.

But could those 11 seasons be enough for either "Schnelly" or the administrators at FAU? Per today's article in the Sun-Sentinel, it sounds like they might be:
FAU Athletic Director Craig Angelos said he won't be discussing another extension [for Schnellenberger] until after the upcoming season.
"The focus this season is on opening our stadium and honoring all those who worked so hard to make it happen, and Howard was the one that pushed the hardest," Angelos said ...
As far as coaching beyond this season, Schnellenberger has been noncommittal, other than to say he would like to stay connected to the program.
"My plan is to be here in whatever capacity is best for the university or myself," Schnellenberger said ...
FAU needs to average at least 12,000 fans per game to generate enough income to pay off the stadium, so there will be pressure to win and generate fan interest.
"The more excitement surrounding the program the better for all of us. If you are relevant on the landscape and you will be better received," Angelos said.
Unfortunately for Schnellenberger, his team didn't win or generate much fan interest last year. The Owls went a disappinting 4-8 in 2010, and it wasn't even a watchable 4-8; the moribund FAU offense finished 113th in the FBS in scoring at less than 17 points per game. After three straight years of declining victories and few observers expecting anything special this year, it's easy to argue the program has already hit its peak under Schnellenberger.

The new stadium could change all of that, of course. But with both coach and administration so noncommittal, it seems equally possible that finally seeing it opened will be the final check mark on Schnellenberger's career "bucket list," and one more legend will ride off into the Florida sunset.

Posted on: March 7, 2011 12:09 pm

Georgia Tech AD on Miami's radar

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's been over a week since former Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt abrupbtly left the school to take the same position at Texas Tech -- on a related note, has anyone ever decided to move from Miami to Lubbock of their own volition before? -- and Miami is busy searching for a replacement. Florida Atlantic's Craig Angelos has been mentioned as a possibility in Coral Gables, but according to a blurb in the Miami Herald over the weekend, a new candidate has emerged.
UM is fast-tracking its athletic director search, and Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich, who began his career at UM, is very high on a list of about a dozen candidates. UCF’s Keith Tribble and FAU’s Craig Angelos are among others on the list. But FIU’s Pete Garcia will not be considered.
Radakovich does have ties to Miami, as he worked at the school from 1983 to 1985 as the school's athletics business manager. Radakovich has been the athletic director at Georgia Tech since 2006, and just recently signed a new five-year deal in June 2010.

Before taking the athletic director job at Georgia Tech, Radakovich spent two years (2000-01) as the AD at American University and then five seasons (2001-06) as the senior associate athletics director at LSU.
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