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At-bat Panther Pawse; On-deck J.D.

PANTHER PAWSE

Gppaw Tea Let's all take a deep breath, drink some decaf hot herbal tea, sing Kumbaya and get back to talking FIU athletics (thanks, YouGotGold for directing traffic).

While some want to discuss who has the better school cafeteria, FIU or um. The GPP wants to answer your questions and concerns before we get to an interview the GPP conducted with future?? FIU baseball coach J.D. Arteaga.

The FIUfanatic: Rod Delmonico has yet to interview for the FIU job. As of this post, Arteaga, Gino DiMare, Le Moyne's Steve Owens, Mark Calvi and Lazer Collazo have either already been interviewed or been talking with FIU about the baseball job. Turtle Thomas and Mike Taylor are currently headed to the College World Series with Arizona State and Rice, respectively, and won't be available until their teams are eliminated.

FIUmom: No word yet on softball coach. Baseball is a more important job to fill, in my opinion. Softball will likely be filled after baseball.

SouthFiFan: Manny Mantrana has done a heck of a job at St. Thomas University and he's better than DP, but I have not heard MM's name in the FIU coaching soup.

paradox: You are correct FIU has some pitching talent and did a good job with the um bats at the beginning and middle of their 2 games this season. The reason I keep referring to the 2 losses is because they are the most blatant examples of how incompetent the former FIU coaching staff was. Could you believe that the former head coach did not know the pitch counts of his pitchers in most of the games I covered. Of course, not having a pitching coach on staff since Calvi left didn't help.

FIU rulez: I'm going to have one of the witches give FIU a call on my behalf. I think I will apply to coach FIU baseball. Heck, some of the things these potential FIU coaches are saying about building the FIU baseball program have been said on this blog the last 2 months.

Yandro: Welcome to the Prowl !!

gpantera: As usual you give us an intelligent post -- Yes, post often and early here. Which reminds me, everyone raise your right hand now and put it over your left shoulder and pat yourself 2 or 3 times and accept this MARIO on the GPP's behalf. While I have yet to receive the Herald blog rankings for May, I did get the number of views and we have nearly tripled the popularity of the GPP. During the first 40 days the GPP was on-line at the Herald we got 9,882 hits. For the month of May, the GPP had 26,761 hits. Here's another MARIO to you all !! MariobroThe GPP and FIU, a couple of "sleeping giants".

NY Josh: Thanks for the update. Glad to hear you have become an Antwan "El Monstruo" Barnes fan. And glad to hear EM is tearing it up in Baltimore. I spoke with EM recently and other FIU NFLers. We'll have a blog updating their mini-camps soon.

Now onto J.D....

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