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Howard Schnellenberger to call it a career

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According to several reports, former Louisville football coach Howard Schnellenberger will step down as head coach at Florida Atlantic following this season.

Schnellenberger, 77, oversaw the creation of the FAU program as they begin play in 2001 as a member of Division I-AA. In 10 seasons at FAU, his record is 57-63, but he led the program to bowl wins in 2007 and 2008 after making the move to Division I-A in 2006.

The job at FAU is similar to what The Pipe did at Louisville, where he took a program with virtually no history and guided it to Fiesta and Liberty Bowl victories over perennial powerhouses Alabama and Michigan State, respectively.

Howard Schnellenberger rescued Louisville football from obscurity, and laid the foundation for virtually every positive thing that hasn't to the program since his departure.

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He deserves a more extensive tribute than this one, and I'll make sure he gets it at some point this year.

Here's wishing Schnelly significant success in his last season on the sidelines.