FAU’s Howard Schnellenberger retiring after season

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He was on Don Shula’s staff in Miami for the Dolphins‘ perfect season in 1972, then became head coach of the Baltimore Colts. He returned to the Dolphins in 1975 and got the job leading the Hurricanes in 1979 _ telling people at the time he thought Miami would win a national championship within five years.

And he delivered.

Schnellenberger went 41-16 at Miami, his last game there a 31-30 win over Nebraska on Jan. 1, 1984 for the national title.

“He’s more than responsible for the success of this program,” said Miami offensive line coach Art Kehoe, who was part of all five national-title teams. “He was a fierce, smart and great football coach that did an unbelievable job here at the University of Miami. I don’t know if this program would have ever gotten off the map like it did without Howard’s leadership. What he did for this place is unbelievable.”

Schnellenberger left Miami after that title season for an offer with the USFL, a deal that fell apart before he ever coached a game in that fledgling league, so he remained in the college game at Louisville in 1985.

He spent one year at Oklahoma in 1995, then soon started building FAU’s program. The school played its first game in 2001, and won bowl games in 2007 (along with the Sun Belt Conference title) and 2008, pushing Schnellenberger’s record to 6-0 in bowls as a head coach.

“He’s a legend for a reason,” FAU defensive back Marcus Bartels said.

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