The Owls of Florida Atlantic University (FAU) have only “been in business” for fourteen years. That is t say that this school initiated its college men’s football program in 2001. Prior to that year, this school did not engage in varsity football.
As is the case for all new football programs, Florida Atlantic University has found it difficult to have winning seasons. In truth, this football team has trouble winning individual games. Here is what happened last year.
The Owls, under new Head Coach Charlie Partridge managed to put together a Won-Loss record of just 3-10. This team is a member of Conference USA and, to date, has not performed well against Conference foes, as well.
Clearly, it takes time, usually lots of time, for a school and its Head Coach to build a successful recruiting program and then, a good team that wins more than it loses. It has yet to take place for the Owls. And, based on the early results for this team so far in 2015, there is no reason to expect improvement this year.
The season began for the Owls on September 5th with a road contest against the University of Tulsa. The home team prevailed in that game by a close score of 47-44. The game actually included an overtime period.
On September 11th, the Owls opened their home season with another loss. They were soundly beaten by the Miami Hurricanes. The final score was 44-20. Florida Atlantic University remained home yesterday, September 19th and lost for the third straight time this season. The Buffalo Bulls triumphed by a score of 33-15.
There are, of course, more home games on the schedule for the Owls. They will host Rice University on October 10th, the Thundering Herd of Marshall University on October 17th, Florida International University (FIU) on October 31st and Middle Tennessee University on November 14th.
The team’s road schedule may offer it some opportunities for wins. The Owls will visit the University of Charlotte on September 26th, the University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP) on October 24th, Western Kentucky University on November 7th, the Florida Gators on November 21st and Old Dominion University on November 28th.
Closer inspection reveals that these are all tough and challenging games for a squad that is still looking to learn how to win consistently while it builds a successful program.
It takes time to “turn a program around” and make it a winner – in college football and in professionals sports, as well. Coach Partridge has his work cut out for him. He will have to upgrade his recruiting, put the best assistant coaches in place beneath him and teach his players how to win.
It won’t be easy, but it can be done. Coach Partridge knows that which is why he probably accepted the Head Coaching position.
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