A sneer builds in the corner of Howard Schnellenberger's right eye, then slowly becomes a piercing gaze directed at the empty football field in front of him. His schedule calls for his men to practice at Eastern Kentucky University by 5 p.m. sharp, but the drizzling rain apparently didn't get the memo. A wet field during practice can equal injuries, something the coach doesn't need 25 hours before kickoff. Standing below an overhang, Schnellenberger inserts a cherry-wood pipe into the corner of his pursed lips and packs down the... More >>>
Howard Schnellenberger, far left, attracts more media scrutiny than most coaches of second-tier football programs. Lee Pasick, top, handles his second-ever interview. Quarterback Jared Allen, top right, was the team's only out-of-state player last year. The Owls practice, bottom, before managers load equipment bins, center, into a rental truck for the game versus Eastern Kentucky.