FAU center leaves team, gives up football

Florida Atlantic Owls center Joe Gold has quit the football team and has no plans to return to the sport at all. The rising sophomore discussed his decision with Nate Taylor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

“I wanted to quit just because I really didn’t like it there,” Gold, 19, said in a telephone interview Monday. “I didn’t like how my life wasn’t my own. I just really had enough of it. I really enjoyed playing in the games. The games were a lot of fun, but 12 days of enjoyment out of 320 is not the best turnover.”

“I like [the coaching staff] as people, but I didn’t agree with a lot of the things they did in the system. A lot of it was focused on a lot of negatives. No one ever got praise for positives. I just think they could have done a lot of stuff different.”

It’s hard to argue with Gold, who has since gone back to his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina to be with his family. When the game one has played for years doesn’t become fun anymore, then what is the point of playing if one’s heart is no longer in it?

Now that he has left the team, Roman Hernandez is likely to take over as the starting center.

FAU opens the season on the road against the AAC’s Tulsa Golden Hurricane on September 5.

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