Football University and its related properties announced a new ownership group Wednesday that includes Gwinnett native Erik Richards.
Richards and Steve Quinn, through their company MSNC, LLC, are now owners for FBU and its related properties — the FBU National Championship, FBU Top Gun and the FBU Freshman All-Star Game. The new management of the youth football entity will maintain FBU’s mission of helping the next generation succeed and remain a connection to the national All-American Bowl, which as purchased from All-American Games by NBC Sports Group.
Richards, who played high school football at Duluth, is well known locally for his role as the longtime president of the county’s football feeder system, the Gwinnett Football League.
“Football University looks forward to the continued longstanding partnership with the premier high school All-American Bowl in the country,” said Richards, the All-American Bowl’s national recruiting director. “With NBC Sports’ invested resources, the All-American Bowl and National Combine will be taken to the next level. FBU’s commitment to seek the top talent in the country for exclusive invites to these events.”
FBU events give exposure to athletes hopeful of a future spot in the All-American Bowl. A total of 12 All-Americans will be selected at various FBU camps and showcases this spring by FBU staff as part of its continuing involvement on the All-American Bowl Selection Committee. Up to 300 high school underclassmen will be invited to the National Combine, which has taken place the day before the All-American Bowl since 2002.
“We are thrilled about what the future holds for Football University and where these properties are headed,” said Quinn, president of MSNC. “We thank All-American Games chairman and CEO Doug Berman for his years of guidance and leadership, and we will continue to make Football University the industry leader in all-star games, tournaments, showcases and football development events.”
The FBU National Championships will continue to be held in Naples, Fla., as in past years. It serves as the event where many All-Americans are first discovered.
“I am thrilled to be handing off the leadership of the Football University franchise to Steve Quinn and Erik Richards,” Berman said. “Their proven leadership in helping kids succeed and involvement in youth and prep football make them uniquely prepared to become the stewards of what they have been helping to build as part of All-American Games for more than the past decade.”