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FAU naming field for Howard Schnellenberger

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 20, 2014 at 12:51 pm •  Published: August 20, 2014

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Howard Schnellenberger's name is being added to the Florida Atlantic stadium he fought to have built.

The university says the field at FAU Stadium will be renamed Howard Schnellenberger Field. University trustees approved the move on Wednesday, and the school plans a ceremony before the Owls' home opener against Tulsa on Sept. 13.

Schnellenberger was the Owls' first coach, hired to build a program in 1998. He led FAU to a pair of bowl victories and retired after the 2011 season.

Schnellenberger says he is "humbled beyond belief that the University would bestow this great honor on the Schnellenberger family, and me personally. This is probably the highlight of my coaching career."

Schnellenberger won a national championship at Miami in 1983.