LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Howard Schnellenberger coached Miami (Florida) to the 1983 National Championship, now the University of Kentucky grad has some advice as his alma mater embarks on a coaching search.
"You have enough time for me to explain the formula for them to once and for all decide what they want out of their football program?," Schnellenberger said. "I truly don't believe that there has been a full-fledged, in depth study of what their problems are and what their terrific assets are. They have as many assets as Alabama, Auburn, any of the great Southeastern Conference powers, along with Notre Dame, University of Miami. They need to bring somebody in that is going to bring a great deal of charisma and belief in himself and the university. It's going to take a group of people coming together in support of that plan and to give football the same funding and the same support both mentally, physically and spiritually that the football team can rise up the level of the wonderful basketball Cats and take an equal setting and bring great prestige to that university and to this state."
Schnellenberger was a member of the inaugural class of the Louisville Catholic Sports Hall of Fame.
When asked if U.K. can once again achieve the success it enjoyed under his college coach, Paul "Bear" Bryant, Schnellenberger said, "Why not?"
He said that he is not in the business of hiring coaches, so he didn't have any names to add to the search and when asked what the University of Louisville should do to keep head coach Charlie Strong, Schnellenberger said, "Make it impossible for him to leave."
Schnellenberger retired in 2011 from Florida Atlantic University as is currently an ambassador at large for F.A.U.
"I'm raising money speaking wherever you can gather 3 or more in the name of Florida Atlantic University, I'll be there to spread the gospel, they just call me the 'Music Man.' "
He was the head coach at U of L from 1985 to 1994, compiling a 54-56-2 record, the second most wins in school history, behind only Frank Camp (118-95-2).