(UPDATE) FAU cancelled Boca Bowl a day after writing a ready-to-sign agreement

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(UPDATE) FAU cancelled Boca Bowl a day after writing a ready-to-sign agreement

29,103 people attended FAU’s first home game on Oct. 15. By the fourth home game on Nov. 26, that number dropped to 12,044. East and West Boca Tackle parents and coaches have said they’ll no longer attend FAU home games after the university cancelled the leagues’ Nov. 12 season-ending game. Photo by Abhi Saini.

29,103 people attended FAU’s first home game on Oct. 15. By the fourth home game on Nov. 26, that number dropped to 12,044. East and West Boca Tackle parents and coaches have said they’ll no longer attend FAU home games after the university cancelled the leagues’ Nov. 12 season-ending game. Photo by Abhi Saini.

29,103 people attended FAU’s first home game on Oct. 15. By the fourth home game on Nov. 26, that number dropped to 12,044. East and West Boca Tackle parents and coaches have said they’ll no longer attend FAU home games after the university cancelled the leagues’ Nov. 12 season-ending game. Photo by Abhi Saini.

29,103 people attended FAU’s first home game on Oct. 15. By the fourth home game on Nov. 26, that number dropped to 12,044. East and West Boca Tackle parents and coaches have said they’ll no longer attend FAU home games after the university cancelled the leagues’ Nov. 12 season-ending game. Photo by Abhi Saini.

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In the Nov. 29 UP cover story “Field of Crushed Dreams,” FAU Athletic Director Craig Angelos said “nothing was set in stone” with regards to the new football stadium hosting the Boca Bowl, a local youth football game, on Nov. 12.

While nothing was written in stone, FAU emailed an agreement to the two local leagues, East and West Boca Tackle Football, on Nov. 8, the day before cancelling the Boca Bowl.

FAU cancelled the game on Nov. 9, because the field needed rest after three home games, Angelos said.

Angelos added that his decision was due to a recommendation from Mitch Silverman, Assistant Athletics Director of Facilities Management, who sent the teams the agreement in the first place.

The UP attempted to contact Silverman, but he hadn’t responded as of press time.

“This leads us believe they were going forward,” East Boca Tackle owner Rob Cannova said in an email with a copy of the agreement attached..

The leagues ended up playing the Boca Bowl at West Boca High School after the cancellation at FAU’s stadium.

According to Cannova and West Boca Tackle VP/founder Glenn Remmer, league parents and children sold 600 FAU season tickets throughout the fall season, amounting to a value of $9,000. Parents and coaches say they’ll no longer support FAU – Cannova said he’d stop paying FAU $40,000 each year.

“The kids already played,” Remler said, “but it still stinks.”

After the Boca Bowl was cancelled, FAU President Mary Jane Saunders told FAUOwlAccess.com that “We’ll do something for the kids.”

The UP will keep you updated as more information becomes available.