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Hoot Owls, Hoot

HootersGot to give it to Howard and the FAU Owls for winning their first bowl game in school history Friday night in New Orleans.

Hard to believe this team only kicked off seven years ago. I covered that first game at JRS when the Owls took on mighty Slippery Rock and got, well, rocked. The day started with FAU handing us a long list of players who couldn't play because of a computer error that made them ineligible. Ugly game.

But, as he usually did, Howard rallied the troops and got things rolling up there in Boca. They beat Bethune Cookman, Middle Tennessee, Hawaii. This year, they pulled one heck of an upset by going to Troy for the season finale and winning. That gave the Owls a conference title and a bowl bid.

Howard Hope to see FIU in a bowl game one of these days. You never know.

Anyway, congrats to coach Schnellenberger for the big win. It may be a minor bowl, but it's a big step for a young program.

-- Speaking of old pals, word is Larry Coker has interviewed for the vacant SMU job. Dennis Franchione, he of Texas AM/Alabama/TCU fame, is also in the running.

Coker While Larry has a few things Dennis doesn't -- a national championship ring, a nice Rose Bowl watch -- I think if Franchione wants the job, he's getting it. And after a year or two, he'll be gone again. Franchione obviously has Texas ties and, aside from recruiting kids from Texas for the U, Coker doesn't.

-- Heading to BAC now. Hockey news in our next installment, I promise.