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Howard Schnellenberg, 87, Louisiana coach Miami, died

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MIAMI (AP) – Howard Schnellnberg was a smoker with a mustache and a rough baritone. He combined his eloquent horse with the magnificent visions of football in the Atlantic Ocean in Miami, Louisville, and Florida, which produced snipers.

In all three schools, Schnellenberg denied the allegations. He revived the sport in Miami և Louisville և started the program in Florida Atlantic during a coaching career that lasted half a century.

Schnellenberg died on Saturday at the age of 87. The FAU announced his death and said he had recently been in a South Florida care center.

Schnellenberg had a career record of less than 500, but when it came to the building, he was the winner. His legacy includes university stadiums in Louisiana, Florida, and the Atlantic Ocean.

He moved the Miami Storms to their first of five national championships in 1983, coaching Louisville in the Fiesta Bowl victory over Alabama to lead the 1990 season. He then founded the program in Florida Atlantic և after 11 seasons as an appointed coach, with the success of consecutive victories.

Everywhere Schlenlenberg trained, he imagined the winning team as a unifying force, as it was in the time of the 83 Storms.

“I think everything goes back to the day when they held a parade for the national championship team in Miami,” he once said. “I saw people next to me – black families, Cuban families, Hispanic-English families, all there 100,000 strong, celebrating their ball team, the community. “That football team was able to do something that the federal government, the city, the district, tried to do, but they could not unite the community.”

Schnellnberger’s career record was 6-0, and he also felt perfect in the NFL. He was the attacking coordinator for the Miami Dolphins under Don Shula in 1972, when they won the Super Cup, finishing 17-0 in the only unbeaten, unbeaten season in the NFL.

He wore a championship ring on each hand, one for the Dolphins and the other for 83 hurricanes. The University of Miami team finished first in the Orange Bowl with a 31-30 defeat to Nebraska, which was still considered one of the best in the history of college football.

“The thing I remember most about that game was how South Florida got behind our team,” Schnellenberg said a decade later. “There was a charge of electricity in the Orange bowl that night that I had never felt there. The hair on the back of the neck stood up because of the energy of the crowd. ”

It was Schnellnberger’s last game with the Storms. He left to coach Miami in the United States Football League, but the team quickly collapsed before playing.

“I do not regret my decision,” he said. “I am fully aware that it was kind of dumb, but I made very stupid decisions in my personal life.”

Anxiety contributed to Schnellnberger’s career record. 158-151-3 in 27 years in college, 4 4-13 with the NFL Baltimore Colts in 1973-74, totaling 162-164-3.

Schnellenberg was born in 1934. On March 16 in St. Mainerad, Indiana, he played Kentucky “Bear” for Bryant and Blanton Collier. He began his coaching career as an assistant in Kentucky in 1959. As Bryant’s assistant, he recruited Namati in 1961-65 to help Alabama win three national titles.

In Miami, Schnellenberg took office in 1979 amid a debate over whether the deadly plan should be folded. Attendance began to improve when “Storms” 9. They won the Peach Bowl by 3 points in their second season.

So more than a decade of dominance began as the storms quickly became the NFL’s nourishing school. Among the Schnellnberger midfielders were Jim’s Kelly, Bernie Kosar, who continued to play stars, and Mark Richt, who later became the Storms’ coach.

Schnellenberg embarked on another reconstruction project when he moved to Louisville in 1985. Inheriting a program that had six consecutive losing seasons. He said the Cardinals would return to the Top 25, և outlined plans for a new stadium, conference membership, և renewal of the series with Kentucky. That all happened.

In 1990, the Cardinals went 10-1-1 to win the Fiesta Bowl, and three seasons later they won the Liberty Bowl. But in 1995, Schnellenberg left to coach Oklahoma, a move that was disastrous.

Surrounded by rumors of alcohol և treatment of players, he slowly resigned under pressure during his 5-5 single season there. After passing 1. To the question whether the experience in Oklahoma made him sad in football, Schnellenberg answered: “It only made me sad in Oklahoma.”

He returned to South Florida, worked as a municipal bond broker, and was hired in Florida Atlantic to build a program from scratch. He was hired as a coach and Bunner made his debut in 2001.

“This is the most important thing I have ever done,” he said. “We are facing the national championship, time is the only variable.”

That has not happened yet, but Schnellenberg gave the Owls two victories in 2011, overseeing the opening of their stadium. He retired after that season.

Among the survivors is Beverly, his 61-year-old wife. A private memorial service will be held.

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