BOCA RATON, FL (SunSentinel.com) - It's not been a great offseason so far for football.
The on-campus stadium does overshadow all and is such a positive that the negatives coming out can't come close to blotting it out, but…
You have the rankings, all putting FAU in the basement of not just the Belt, but all of I-A teams.
You had DB Cortez Ash getting arrested for allegedly stealing copper wire, a story that generated national attention because Ash and his buddy then tried to sell the wire back to the place they stole it from – allegedly. Run of the mill crime becomes, "Can you believe how stupid those guys were" kind of thing.
And then there was another bad APR report card for football, which got docked three scholarships. It was the fourth straight year FAU got nailed and lost at least one scholarship.
The APR allows the NCAA not just to track teams, but also coaches. And guess what?
Howard Schnellenberger is on a list you don't want to be on – the 10 coaches with worst APR scores for their teams.
Here's the list: Louisville's Charlie Strong (869), Akron's Rob Ianello (900), Memphis' Larry Porter (903), UAB's Neil Callaway (904), Eastern Michigan's Ron English (918), Schnellenberger (918), Buffalo's Jeff Quinn (918), Iowa State's Paul Rhoads (919), Louisiana-Monroe's Todd Berry (920) and UTEP's Mike Price (920).
Note that a lot of those coaches are new, so they have an excuse because they inherited the academic troubles.
He has no such excuse.
Also note there are not a lot of winning teams on that list.
As noted before, this is not good for recruiting. Moms and Dads want to know that their kid is going to get a good education, and that means graduating. The APR penalizes teams when players flunk out or drop out.
Schnellenberger said they are on top of the academics and are making progress, and hopefully the next report will give FAU a passing grade.