I was all set to cover the momentous first football practice of the 2007 season, which had been previously announced to take place on Thursday. Instead FAU called an audible and wonít take the field until 3:30 p.m. on Friday.
All players report on Wednesday and will hold lengthy pre-season meetings with their position coaches and a walk-through. However, Thursday is Orientation Day at FAU for all incoming freshman. So the football team will use that day as a chance for players to take care of their academic issues for the fall and meet with their advisors.
So administrative issues will make fans, players and coaches wait an extra 24 hours, but the good thing is once the Owls take the field most of the players will have anything that could be a distraction behind them and will be able to concentrate on football - at least until classes start. CHANGES IN ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT: There are a few changes near the top of the FAU athletic department. Associate AD for Business Randy Langejans will be leaving and taking a similar position at Long Beach State University. Langejans oversaw the fiscal operations of the athletic department and believe me, keeping coaches at FAU happy with its lean budget isnít easy. Langejans was a fixture at almost every venue on campus and was a dedicated Owl supporter.
While Langejans dealt mostly behind the scenes, many Owl fans dealt directly with Shelley Binegar, who ran the Owl Club and was director of FAUís ticket operations. She has left FAU for a similar job at Northern Illinois. She was instrumental in fund-raising and did a great job with FAUís annual auction.
Iíve been covering FAU since 1998 and remember when the athletic department was loaded with people who made a mad dash for the door at 4:59 every weekday and generally were just happy they had a paycheck with no interest to improve the department.
That wasnít the case with Binegar or Langejans, who cared deeply about FAU athletics and will be missed.