FAU Adds Howard Schnellenberger Name to 50-Yard Line | Sports


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Florida Atlantic University is honoring the late Howard Schnellenberger by adding the coach’s name to a new central field mark at the Boca Raton field, announced by the school on Friday.

Schnellenberger, the legendary University of Louisville football coach, helped build the FAU football program and coached the team from its inaugural season in 2001 until his retirement in 2011. The field was named for him in 2014, but the school will add its name to the 50-yard line this season.

Schnellenberger died in March at the age of 87. The school plans to hold a celebration of his life on September 10e, the day before the Owls’ home opener against Georgia Southern.

After being born in Saint Meinrand, Indiana, Schnellenberger grew up in Louisville, graduating from Flaget High School. He played football, basketball and baseball at the University of Kentucky.

Schnellenberger was an assistant coach for the Miami Dolphins during his unbeaten Super Bowl season in 1972. He then moved up to the college level, becoming the head coach of the Miami Hurricanes, winning a national championship in 1983.

As head coach at Louisville, Schnellenberger won the 1991 Fiesta Bowl over Alabama.

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