Football: Owls, Hurricanes agree to three-game deal, FAU to make $1 million

Rolando Rosa

Howard Schnellenberger coached UM to the 1983 National Championship. In five seasons with the Hurricanes, he compiled a 41-16 record. Photo courtesy of media relations.

Melissa Dawson accomplished something in less than one month on the job as interim athletic director that Craig Angelos could not in nine years.

FAU will finally get an opportunity to take on the most historically successful football program in South Florida.

FAU and five-time national champion UM have reached an agreement on a three-game series, according to OwlAccess.com. It will consist of road games at Sun Life Stadium in 2013 and 2016, and a home game at FAU Football Stadium in 2015. The deal will bring in $1 million for FAU, with a guarantee of $500,000 for each road game.

“It’s a great match-up,” Carl Pelini told FAUsports.com. “Miami is a prestigious program of which we would like to emulate. It will be great for our players to challenge the names they played against in high school and for the fans to have a close away game to attend.”

The announced series comes after the final season for head coach Howard Schnellenberger. Before coaching the Owls and helping to secure an on-campus stadium, Schnellenberger led the Hurricanes to the National Championship in 1983. Even though he won’t face his former team, Schnellenberger believes college football in South Florida will benefit greatly from the matchups.

“I think it’s wonderful and I’m ecstatic that they came to an agreement,” Schnellenberger told OwlAccess. “It’s going to mean a great deal to both schools. And more importantly it’s going to have a major impact on collegiate football here in the south-central portion of Florida.”