UM coach Howard Schnellenberger, who later built FAU, and Boca Raton-bred quarterback Mark Richt talk during a 1982 game. (Palm Beach Post file photo)
Football season is no time for sentimentality, but if Mark Richt thought he’d gotten all the homecoming warm-and-fuzzies out of the way with his first Hurricanes practice in the spring, first Canes Walk last weekend or first Canes game and victory, he was mistaken.
The Dolphins just spent $500,000 turning Hard Rock Stadium into a sparkling home for themselves and the Hurricanes, but there is a venue more fitting for Saturday’s game between the University of Miami and Florida Atlantic, at least for storybook purposes.
If scriptwriters truly wanted to make Richt feel at home, this game would have been scheduled at FAU, site of last year’s meeting. Planted in the front seat of the team bus, Richt could have given the driver turn-by-turn directions with ease.Because everybody knows how to get back home.
“Our house was a half-mile from Florida Atlantic University,” Richt recalled this week, harkening back to 1973-82, an era that saw him go from being Boca Raton High’s star quarterback to a UM passer under coach Howard Schnellenberger — the same Howard Schnellenberger who later got FAU’s program off the ground.