FAU alumni here! Going to the FAU vs. Oklahoma State game in an hour or so!
I think it's silly to say that they will never be competitive. Every program has to start somewhere. Do you have any idea how many athletes in top programs around the country are from Delray and Deerfield Beach? In fact the QB from Bowling Green, who is being hyped for the Heisman, is from Delray and said he seriously considered FAU. I'm friends with a lot of the players who just graduated, they started the program at the school as freshmen, and I and everybody else in town is really proud of what they have accomplished.
Getbig, what's up! Drop me a PM, I bet I know you. I stopped working out at school when they fagged out the student weight room, removing the sole squat rack and power cage. I don't think that non-athletes can use the Oxley Center. I tried to get them to let the rugby team use it when I was playing, but no dice. How did you get turned on to T-Nation? I want $20 if you are one of the guys I gave the address to in the student weightroom! JK, but PM me, I could use a training partner.
Oh, and they did increase the fees you mentioned, but FAU is still way cheaper than UF,FSU, or UM. Plus, they give free tickets and bus rides to games to students.