Dusty May: Owls star coach’s upbringings and rise to coaching
When Dusty May took over as head coach at FAU, they hadn’t had a winning season in seven years. With May at the helm, the Owls have yet to have a losing season, and are on the verge of their first NCAA Tournament berth in over 20 years.upressonline.com
COLUMN: Owls looking to be this year’s Cinderella team in a loaded East Region
With the impressive resume they’ve built leading up to the tournament, FAU poses as one of the most dangerous mid-major teams in the entire field. However, they still face a tougher path to the Final Four than just about anyone.upressonline.com
Men’s Basketball: Owls outlast Middle Tennessee, advance to C-USA Tourney Championship
FRISCO, Texas — After taking down the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers in the quarterfinal round, the #1 seeded FAU Owls (30-3,18-2 C-USA) avenged a mid-season loss by defeating the 4-seeded Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders 68-65 on Friday afternoon. “We had some adversity,” said head coach Dusty May. “But our guys stayed the course...upressonline.com
OwlThon’s 10 Years: The Organization’s Path to Success
OwlThon is a nonprofit organization at FAU that works yearlong to fundraise for children’s miracle network hospitals by collaborating with the UF Shands hospital to ensure that young patients and their families have everything they need.upressonline.com
UPressPlay Sports Vol. 3: EP 19
Host Richard Pereira, Sports Editor Cameron Priester, and staff writer Zachary Watts talk on FAU men’s basketball’s expectations for the C-USA Tournament, FAU baseball’s up and downs after beating #22 Miami, NBA teams moving around in the playoff picture, and more!upressonline.com
FAU’s Department of Communication founder receives emeritus faculty status
Voncile Marshall Smith, the founder of what would later become the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies at FAU, received emeritus faculty status in honor of the 50th anniversary of the communication department’s creation.upressonline.com
FAU stays home, to face SMU in Boca Raton Bowl
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Florida Atlantic won’t have to leave campus for its bowl destination. The Boca Raton Bowl announced Sunday that the Conference USA champion will stay home to face Southern Methodist at FAU Stadium. FAU (10-3) claimed its second C-USA title in three seasons under head coach Lane Kiffin, who left after Saturday’s championship game to take the same job at Ole Miss. The Owls capped a school-record 11-win season in 2017 with a 50-3 win against Akron in their only other Boca Raton Bowl appearance. The Boca Raton Bowl will be played on a Saturday for the first time in its six-year history.
Local10.com college football picks: Week 13
There will be no separation in this week’s Local10.com college football picks. 2 Ohio State is a prohibitive favorite against Penn State, but don’t discount the Nittany Lions. 2 Ohio State in 2016, knocking the Buckeyes from the ranks of the unbeaten. Those Buckeyes went on to make the College Football Playoff. That’s where the Hurricanes will try to keep their winning streak going against FIU, coached by former Hurricanes head honcho Butch Davis.
Davidson's 3 TDs help FAU beat FIU 37-7
Brandon Walton #73 of the Florida Atlantic Owls celebrates with the Don Shula Trophy. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)BOCA RATON - Freshman Malcolm Davidson had 144 yards rushing and a season-high three touchdowns on 17 carries and Florida Atlantic beat Florida International 37-7 on Saturday night. Chris Robison was 22-of-37 passing for 298 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown pass to Harrison Bryant, and Deangelo Antoine had nine receptions for 125 yards for FAU. On the next play from scrimmage, Napoleon Maxwell scored on a 75-yard run but FAU scored 27 unanswered points. Tony Gaiter IV had seven receptions for 94 yards for the Panthers (5-5, 3-4).
Local10.com college football picks: Week 11
Local 10 sports director Will Manso is once again leading the Local10.com college football picks. Will has a one-game lead on sports reporter Clay Ferraro headed into this weekend's slate of games. There will be no separation this weekend, however, as they both have identical picks. Another rivalry game being played this weekend is the "Shula Bowl," pitting Florida International against South Florida rival Florida Atlantic. Likewise, they've got Florida State losing at Boston College, which would essentially end FSU's fight for a bowl bid.
Lane Kiffin torpedoes talk of Florida State job on Twitter
Florida Atlantic Owls head coach Lane Kiffin stands on the field before a game against the UCF Knights, Sept. 7, 2019, in Boca Raton, Florida. BOCA RATON, Fla. - Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin doesn't appear to be interested in the Florida State job, despite a report stating the contrary. Sources: Lane Kiffin has expressed his interest in the FSU job. Come to #thefaU #promindset #ShulaBowl https://t.co/htQ682ep8h Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) November 4, 2019He also chimed in on a tweet from someone who asked, "Who would stay at FAU?" Florida State fired Willie Taggart on Sunday, one day after the Seminoles lost 27-10 to rival Miami at home.
Pierre has 2 picks as FAU tops Western Kentucky 35-24
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - James Pierre intercepted two passes and Florida Atlantic moved above Western Kentucky in the Conference USA standings with a 35-24 win on Saturday. Pierre made his second interception with 6:07 left in the fourth quarter, returning Ty Storey's pass 30 yards to the FAU 41. The Owls (6-3, 4-1) then drove 59 yards on nine plays, punctuated by Nick Tronti's 22-yard touchdown run that capped the scoring with 2:10 left in the game. Florida Atlantic led 28-14 on Robison's 51-yard touchdown pass to Willie Wright on the first possession of the second half. The Hilltoppers (5-4, 4-2) cut the deficit to 28-21 on Storey's 5-yard touchdown pass to Jacquez Sloan late in the third quarter and Cory Munson's 28-yard field goal brought Western Kentucky within 28-24.
Pierre makes 2 picks, Florida Atlantic tops Western Kentucky
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - James Pierre intercepted two passes and Florida Atlantic moved above Western Kentucky in the Conference USA standings with a 35-24 win on Saturday. Pierre made his second interception with 6:07 left in the fourth quarter, returning Ty Storey's pass 30 yards to the FAU 41. The Owls (6-3, 4-1) then drove 59 yards on nine plays, punctuated by Nick Tronti's 22-yard TD run that capped the scoring with 2:10 left in the game. Florida Atlantic led 28-14 on Robison's 51-yard TD pass to Willie Wright on the first possession of the second half. The Hilltoppers (5-4, 4-2) cut the deficit to 28-21 on Storey's 5-yard TD pass to Jacquez Sloan late in the third quarter and Cory Munson's 28-yard field goal brought Western Kentucky within 28-24.
Lane Kiffin fined $5,000 for blind referee meme on Twitter
FAU head coach Lane Kiffin disputes a call on the sideline during the first half against the Marshall Thundering Herd at FAU Stadium on Oct. 18, 2019 in Boca Raton, Florida. BOCA RATON, Fla. - Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin has been levied a $5,000 fine for criticizing the referees after his team's 36-31 home loss to Marshall. Kiffin's fine comes two days after the Owls were penalized nine times for 90 yards during Friday's losing effort. The third-year FAU coach turned to social media Saturday night to express his feelings about the officiating during the game. "We have freedom of speech, but I guess around here there's no such thing as freedom to tweet."
Local10.com college football picks: Week 8
The group is all in on the trio of teams from South Florida, but the same can't be said about Florida State. The Seminoles are a unanimous pick to lose at Wake Forest this weekend. They should be able to withstand a struggling Georgia Tech squad Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium. But he won't make any headway this weekend with identical picks. Liane Morejon is hedging her bets on Michigan as she tries to narrow the gap between first and last place.
Local10.com college football picks: Week 7
The Gators and Seminoles may be rivals, but they've got something in common this weekend -- they're both playing the underdog roles. For the second consecutive weekend, Florida has to prove its worth in a Southeastern Conference battle of undefeated teams. Meanwhile, unranked Florida State will have a tall task at the other "Death Valley" against No. The group was unanimous in picking the Tigers (as in, the Tigers of LSU and of Clemson) to beat the Sunshine State teams. But the majority of the group still seems high on Miami, despite a sloppy performance at home last weekend.
Local10.com college football picks: Week 4
Things are about to get real. That means that Will and Clay are tied at 25-5 overall headed into the fourth full month of the college football season. Perhaps if Texas A&M knocks off Auburn, as Clay has prophesized. Or maybe Michigan will stun Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium, as Liane has projected. Liane also picked the Florida State tailspin to continue, losing to Louisville at home.
Robison leads Florida Atlantic past Ball State 41-31
- Chris Robison threw for 366 yards and four touchdowns, three of them to John Mitchell, as Florida Atlantic picked up its first win, posting a 41-31 win over Ball State in a nonconference battle Saturday afternoon. Florida Atlantic opened the season with tough losses to two nationally ranked teams (45-21 to No. Drew Pitt threw 14 yards to Yoheinz Tyler with :04 left in the first quarter to put the Cardinals (1-2) up, 14-7. Robison finished 33 of 41 passing and Mitchell made eight catches for 124 yards. Ball State's Pitts was 26 of 38 for 303 yards and three touchdowns with one interception.
FAU falls flat in season opener at Ohio State
Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields is brought down by Florida Atlantic's William Davis and Da'Von Brown after a gain in the third quarter at Ohio Stadium on Aug. 31, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. COLUMBUS, Ohio - Justin Fields made some mistakes that quarterbacks make when they haven't played much. Fields, who saw limited action as a freshman last season sitting behind Jake Fromm, threw four touchdown passes and ran for a score in his first game for Ohio State, leading the fifth-ranked Buckeyes over Florida Atlantic 45-21 on Saturday in the season opener. Tight end Jeremy Ruckert caught two touchdown passes , and Binjimen Victor and Chris Olave also had scoring grabs. "Lots to build from off of today," Ohio State coach Ryan Day said.