In Steve Sipple's recent Column, he stated that Carl Pelini's HC job at FAU could become an "upward spiral to a big name program." I say this; Why can't Carl Pelini make FAU a big-name program just like Bobby Bowden did at Florida State, and remain there for the rest of his coaching life? Maybe he can turn FAU into a NC contender one day, just like Bobby did.
When Bobby Bowden arrived at FSU in 1976, FSU's record for the 3 previous years was 4 wins and 29 losses. FAU was 1-10 this year. Same situation, right? In his first year at FSU Bobby went 5-6, and 10-2 in his second year. In his 5th year Bobby played NU in Lincoln for the first time and won 18-14. Carl will visit Lincoln in 2014. Will Carl be able to win his first time in Lincoln as well? Who knows? But given the weather and the abundance of great DIV 1 players in the Florida area, if Carl is the recruiter and coach that BB was, he could pull it off.
There are many advantages at FAU such as:
1. Great weather: Average temperature in January is 76 degrees.
2. Excellent recruiting Base: Obviously Florida has an abundance of HS players who can play at the Division 1 level.
3. The FAU administration and fan base is hungry for a winning football program.
4. Boca Raton is a wealthy area which means potential for numerous wealthy boosters.
5. FAU/Boca Raton is located right on the Atlantic Ocean. Who doesn't love living by the Ocean?
5. Mafia support. Carl Pelini is Italian. Boca Raton is a well-known Italian Mafia Hang-out. The Gambinos have lived there for decades. If Carl can get Mafia support, just think how much that could enhance recruiting. The Mafia guys could contact the recruits Carl wants and make them an offer they can't refuse. "Hey Young Man, Carl wants you to play on his team. Now in the next 10 seconds either your signature is going to be on this letter of intent or your brains....you decide."
I wish Carl all the best. It should be interesting to see what happens: Link to Sipple Column