Posted by Jerry Hinnen
FAU stumbled through a 4-8 season last fall, and with few proven playmakers returning on either side of the ball, Howard Schnellenberger probably wanted a nice quiet offseason dedicated to turning the program around.
Sorry, Howard; FAU finds itself in headlines this morning thanks to redshirt freshman defensive back Cortez Ash of Sebastian River, Fla., who finds himself charged with one of the more (ahem) poorly thought-out athlete's crimes this offseason.
Ash and an accomplice allegedly snuck into an Indian River County scrap yard between 3 and 4 a.m. and stole some 400 pounds of copper wire, then -- since a second scrap yard was still closed, according to the accomplice -- returned to the same scrap yard approximately six hours later to try and sell the wire, valued at more than $1,200. The owner recognized Ash and the accomplice from surveillance video of the burglary, and called police.
Ash and the accomplice were arrested and charged with burglary, grand theft and dealing in stolen property.
From a football persepctive -- even with Ash a candidate to start in a secondary that lost three starters from a year ago -- the Owls have absorbed bigger blows than missing out on an unproven redshirt freshman. But to turn FAU's nosedive from 2008 Sun Belt champions to SBC also-ran around, Schnellenberger no doubt needs all hands on deck--and finding out Ash's hands apparently come equipped with sticky fingers won't help him a bit.