Florida Atlantic quarterback Jason Driskel uncorked a 38-yard Hail Mary at the end of regulation and Kamrin Solomon appeared to come down with the football to lift FAU past Charlotte Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately for FAU, the video replay review led to a different conclusion.
Charlotte won just their second game in school history against another FBS program as a result. It is Charlotte’s first Conference USA victory, and it is one that will not be forgotten any time soon considering the drama at the end.
This game was pushed back a day due to Hurricane Matthew moving up the Florida coast. It was surely worth the wait for the 49ers.
The hurricane moving its way through the southeastern region of the country has forced at least one more weather delay for the world of college football. Florida Atlantic announced a few sporting events being rescheduled for this weekend, including a home football game against Charlotte. FAU previously made a tentative change to the schedule to have the game played on Sunday, but it is now locked in.
As a result of the schedule change due to the weather, FAU and Charlotte will now kick off at noon on Sunday in FAU Stadium. Gates will open 90 minutes prior at 10:30 AM. Fans with tickets who cannot attend the rescheduled game are encouraged to call the box office and arrange for trade in their tickets for a future game.
Florida’s home game against LSU has been called off, at least temporarily until a scheduling solution can be figured out. South Carolina’s home game against Georgia has also been pushed back to Sunday.
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Florida Atlantic had been scheduled to host Charlotte this Saturday at 3:30 at FAU Stadium. Because of Hurricane Matthew, however, the university has tentatively moved that game to Sunday at noon.
A press release notes that “[t]he final determination of the status of the game will not be made until the storm system has passed through the Boca Raton area and a post-storm assessment has been made.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is in the path of Hurricane Matthew,” said athletic director Pat Chun in a statement. “Supporting our community, state and region is the current focus of FAU Athletics. We thank our friends at Charlotte for their understanding and assistance.”
Charlotte-FAU becomes the third FBS game impacted by Matthew, joining UMass-Old Dominion (moved from Saturday to Friday night) and Tulane-UCF (moved from Saturday to Nov. 5). Final decisions on LSU-Florida in Gainesville and Georgia-South Carolina in Columbia are expected at some point today.
The firing season in college football is getting started earlier and earlier. Just ask Ron Turner.
The Florida International head coach was fired early Sunday in a move that was hardly surprising aside from its timing.
“I want to thank Coach Turner for his contributions to the FIU football program, most importantly his commitment to academics and community service,” athletic director Pete Garcia said in a short statement. “At this time Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Ron Cooper has been named interim head coach.”
Turner went 10-30 over four years at the school but was 0-4 to begin the season after a 53-14 loss to Central Florida last week. While he is far from the first coach fired in 2016, Turner did become the first head coach to be fired after the season got underway.
Cooper had a 45–55 record in nine seasons as a head coach at Eastern Michigan, Louisville and Alabama A&M. He was elevated to FIU’s defensive coordinator prior to the season and notably served as LSU’s defensive backs coach when Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu starred in Baton Rouge.
The Panthers are set to play local rival Florida Atlantic on Saturday.
On off-field incident late last week will cost FAU one of the top offensive linemen in Conference USA moving forward.
Over the weekend, FAU confirmed that Reggie Bain sustained injuries that were described as “not life threatening” in a car accident Friday. However, the non-specified injuries will likely sideline the true junior offensive tackle for the entire 2016 season.
“I have been in constant contact and have visited with both Reggie and his family,” a statement from head coach Charlie Partridge began. “His FAU football family has surrounded him with support and will continue to do so. Out of respect for Reggie, his family and our team, all questions should only be directed to me. I know that inquiries may be well-intentioned, under the HIPPA law, and per the request of Reggie and his family, there is very little I can disclose.”
No details surrounding the accident have been released.
Bain has started all 24 games in his two-year career with the Owls, earning second-team all-conference honors following the 2015 season. Coaches made Bain a preseason all-league selection last month.