Louisville, Ky. - The University of Louisville has announced a one-year contract to play former Cardinal head coach Howard Schnellenberger and the Florida Atlantic Owls in football next season at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
The one-year agreement begins with the Owls coming to Louisville for a non-conference game on October 1, the first meeting ever between these two programs.
Florida Atlantic finished 9-3 last season, including wins over Hawaii and North Texas. The Owls are 20-6 over the last two years under Schnellenberger, who served as head coach of the Cardinals from 1985-94. Schnellenberger guided the Owls to an 11-3 and an appearance in the I-AA semifinals in 2003.
In 10 seasons as head coach of the Cardinals, Schnellenberger amassed a 54-56-1 record, but will be most remembered for the Cardinals' 34-7 win over Alabama in the 1991 Fiesta Bowl. Schnellenberger directed the Cardinals to five winning seasons, including a 10-1-1 mark in 1990.
The Cardinals, 11-1 last year, finished No. 6 in the Associated Press Poll and appeared in their seventh straight bowl game, a 44-40 win over Boise State in the Liberty Bowl. Louisville returns 12 starters from a year ago, including seven starters on an offense that ranked first in the country in scoring and total offense.
"I think it's great deal that Florida Atlantic and coach Schnellenberger will be coming to Louisville next season," said head coach Bobby Petrino. "FAU is a team on the rise and I have great respect for what coach Schnellenberger has done for that program. Howard laid a solid foundation for the football program here at the University of Louisville. I know our fans will be excited to see coach Schnellenberger walking the sideliines again in Louisville."
A complete schedule with dates and times will likely be released in mid-February.