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The Inconvenient Truth

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Nearly 2 weeks ago, the Danny Price baseball era at FIU was cooked. And within the last 12 days, some of the "concerned" local media have come out and said things like "it was an asinine move" to let DP go and "what a disgrace FIU has become by firing DP".

Add to it the so-called "police" escort off-campus that DP said he got and you got yourself Fantasy Island -- local media style.

Island Let's set the record straight here, because apparently the "concerned" local media -- who by the way never showed up for one FIU baseball game or practice this year -- is delusional with this firing.

No. 1: DP was NEVER escorted off campus after he was fired. DP left his pick-up truck with the lights on and the front door open parked in front of the gate of the baseball stadium at 11:30 p.m. that Saturday night. FIU police, doing their regular rounds, saw this truck and went into the stadium to make sure no one was breaking and entering. The link to my story on this is below. In the story, FIU chief of police Bill King said about the bogus police escort:

''No sir, that was not case,'' said FIU Chief of Police Bill King, when asked if police had been called to escort Price. "That might have been Coach Price's perception. . . . Officers didn't even know he was terminated. I don't think we would ever have to escort a person like Danny. I think it was just a matter of different perspectives.''

http://www.miamiherald.com/601/story/115765.html

So let's end the melodrama on the escort at FIU. The only escort at FIU that night might have been a Ford Escort parked in the parking garage.

No. 2: Some of the "concerned" local media had DP on the radio last Saturday morning where the host said it was an "asinine move" by FIU to let DP go. C'mon man, how many more years of mediocrity and letting South Florida's top high school players bolt for colleges like Manhattan, Samford, Marshall and then watch those players come back with those teams and beat FIU like Manhattan swept FIU this year.

FAU coach Kevin Cooney was also on that radio show and he too was not happy about DP being fired. Of course, Cooney's not happy, because he's owned FIU in the last 12 meetings between the Golden Panthers and the Owls. FAU is 10-2 against FIU in the last 12 games. That reminded me of how much Bill Belichick used to praise Dave Wannstedt when Wanny coached the Dolphins. Of course, Belichick said Wanny was a great coach, because the Pats owned the Fins during that time and as long as Wanny was there the dominance would continue. Belic

Both Cooney and Jim Morris probably choked on their oatmeal when they read the headline in Sunday morning's May 20th edition of the Miami Herald: FIU fires longtime baseball coach Price.

Now both coaches will have to actually coach against FIU.

"Asinine" would have been NOT to make a move with the baseball program. Like I've said a zillion times, there is NO reason whatsoever why FIU cannot be a Top 25 team when it comes to baseball. There is WAY TOO MUCH talent down here for that not to happen. This baseball program has been going down the toilet the last 5 years. Now, T.D.A.O.S.

So for the "concerned" local media, when you start actually covering FIU then you would actually be able to form a somewhat realistic opinion when moves are made to the university's sports programs.

PANTHER PAWSE Gppaw

Great movie comments by you guys. sunblazer69: Interesting comparisons of FIU coaches to movie characters. I could see MC in Gladiator.

ScUMsanitizer: Your movie posts were hilarious, but No. 7 got the claw, because we got to show moms respect. When referring to um, The Saint and Catwoman references were right on the money.

Yours truly had a guest appearance on the "Dos Amigos" radio show 2 days ago on Wednesday. The Dos Amigos: Larry Milian and Alan Strauss (10 p.m.-12 midnight weeknights on 790 AM) talked about creating a weekly FIU segment on their show as we get closer to football season. Will let you know when the segment begins. Here's the link to Wednesday's interview.

http://www.790theticket.com/audioplayer.php?mp3=1895970352Pete+Pelegrin+Interview+5-30-07.mp3&show=Dos%20Amigos&id=2541

Chrm_2  The FIU witches have informed me that the search for the new FIU baseball coach involves coaches whose teams are still playing in the NCAA regionals this weekend so it'll probably be another week or so before the girls can start seeing the top candidates emerge in their witches brew. We'll help the girls out on the next blog.

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Thanks for standing up for us against your fellow journalists, Pete. It seems as though these people feel like they are "FIU experts" just because of their occupations and not because of their affiliations. This sounds so very much like our UCGers on your blog. They consider themselves "experts" at everything because they support UCG. People who don't know how to cook should stay out of the kitchen, and there seems to be a lot of inedible meals being served up around here. Keep up the great work, Pete.

It amuses me a little bit that on other boards, like UCG, there were many "concerned" friends of DP and others being let go...Talk about hipocrisy and downright asinine....

BTW, great blog, and it is refreshing to know we actually have a member of media who really knows FIU and its history, follows it, covers it, without any of the hipocrisy some of the others show...It seems to be some of them only report (or enjoy doing it) when there is some type of negative aspect to the story...Don't you agree?

It would be great for Dos Amigos to have an FIU segment......let's keep our fingers crossed...

Can you make that picture of the witches bigger? MUCH BIGGER.

Great blog GPP; I love how you've called out the local media types who could give 2 #$^%'s about FIU sports and then have a comment about a made decision which was long over due.

It is nice, however, that Los Dos Amigos are looking to get ahead of this moving train.

Here, Here Pete!! Everything you said was right on. The FIU baseball program should be the best program FIU has to offer.

You think the local media is bad, you should read the FIU message board. Tears were flowing through some posts for DP and how bad PG is. Give me a freekin break.

Good work, Pete!

How bout some T.D.A.O.S. T-shirts huh?
I'm sure you could make some nice cash off of it Pete(I dunno if you are allowed to)
But what I do know is that it would put a lot of smiles on our fans's faces
It's about time ppl...

GPC (Golden Panther Community),

I attended the annual FIU alumni meeting at President Maidique's on-campus home last week. I left their more certain than ever that FIU is truly a world class institution, the best kept secret in higher education and on the rise in every aspect, including athletics.

Since this is an athletic board, i'll keep it to sports. All the pieces are in place to really blow the roof off of the GPC followed by South Florida, then the SunBelt and ultimately the nation. For those who have suffered through the decades of mediocrity, can you believe we have D1 football, have broken ground on a state of the art on-campus stadium and a young coach full of enough engery to win games on intensity alone? I graduated FIU in 1998 and all of the aforementioned items were pipe dreams. Yet here we are, on an FIU MIAMI HERALD blog (another unthinkable dream just a few years ago) and we're opening the season at Penn State and our home-opener is against the ACC's Maryland.

FIU is no longer the little school that could but rather is transforming into the big school (38K students, 110K+ alumni) that will.

I'm pumped. As always, GO FIU!!!

gpantera

Great comments PP. I've done some research and you are the only college writer in town that graduated from the university you're covering which makes you REAL. The other ones are snowbirds or bandwagon followers. So all of us that read your blogs know you come from the heart and this post proves it.

DP has always been full of baloney (literally). he called his "press conference" from a place he had never been before, Tamiami Park. His "friends" in radio land never had him in their shows before. Somebody mentioned AM Suarez as a player they let go because they said he didn't have talent and the kid ended up in UT and was a great player. Add to that list Eli Villanueva, Chris Rey, JC Perez, Oscar Cartaya who after a great freshman season at shortstop was told in the offseason he couldn't play there anymore. The kid transfered to Miami and play there for 2 years. Javi Socorro was a Dade County batting champion who played for Lou Sanchez (Assistant to DP for the last 3 or 4 years) and was told he couldn't play here, he ended up at Duke and was an ACC selection. There was Alex Meneses, he played at Columbus High and was an ALL Dade selection. His mom has worked at FIU for a very long time. They told him he wasn't good enough to play after they had recruited him throughout the school year, the kid was freshman of the year at Barry University. We could go on and on. This is the only coach I've known that retired his own number. He mentioned that he wanted it the administration to get involved and help the baseball program win, they did, they fired him.

Great Job Pete, your blog was very heart felt and truthful. DP, I heard him on Joe Rose's show Thursday morning (I think it was). Someone said these people who support him never had him on before and your right. Most of these talk show people and others don't want to see FIU Athletics become Champions because at that point they will have to stop talking about UCG and start talking about FIU and they don't want that at all...because to them America only knows one college in South Florida and that's UCG (AKA the U) I am not a fan of the "U" any school who uses there athletic marketing to reduce them to a one letter work that is short for University, can't be to bright....But anywayz DP needs to stop lying and such..FIU baseball has turned so many people away, fans, students and prospective student-athletes alike.its horrlbe and sickening and he wanted the University to help him win? you have to help your self first and he wasnt trying to do that..you can't do what you did n 2002 in 07, everything changes, but Sunblazer69 your right the best thing they fired him...Get ready focus because Florida International University is taking off in every area, they told us we were crazy for wanting a med school, law school and Div. 1A football team and competitive Athletic programs and guess what history doesn't lie. So all you UCG people and other doubters get on board now because once the time comes, dont come ready to jump on the wagon that will be filled with people who have loved, and sweated and teared for FIU from the beginning...GOOO PANTHERS!!!!!!!!!!

The Athletic Director did what he needed to do to get this baseball program to the next level. He fired Danny Price. I'm glad that Price refused to accept retirement or to resign. Price showed his true colors by going around badmouthing the AD to the same media outlets that ignored his existence here in South Florida. Do not confuse the issues here. Price was incompetent, and totally irrelevant in this community. GOOD RIDDANCE.
Keep up the good work, PP.

Most of the local commentators blow, especially the ones located on 560 AM. That used to be a very respectable sports radio station. Thanks to 790, I can actually still hear good sports commentating with a bit of a flare. Your doing a great job on your writing and opinions.

It was great to hear you on 790. I look forward to the FIU segment on the Dos Amigos show. To go off topic do you know if there is any plans of renovating the Pharmed Arena. It needs major renovation to compete with other schools for recruits.

In Pete we Trust!!!!!

Great job and congrats on the media (radio) recognition.

Lets have the witches be FIU coaches. I'd move back and get season tickets to cricket if they were coaching that team!

Thanks for setting the record straight, Pete. Above all, I really appreciate your coverage of FIU.


KEEP IT UP!

Pete, I didn't know you were an FIU alum. You should put it in your bio. I like your stance on the DP subject. You're my hero, the wind beneath my wings if you will. Have you considered throwing your hat in the ring? I can read the headlines now "PP wins big at FIU" and "PP brings in the big recruits." All kidding aside, I love the blog. Thanks!
FIUrulez
PP follower

Pete keeps it real and doesnt bs w/ the rest of the bs-ers. i like that. the media apparently doesnt choose to acknowledge the upcoming of FIU. pretty soon they will have too. FIU Golden Panther lets get one state of the Art stadium at a time.

Why hello Pete, it's Best Buy. Great article and picture! I checked out your bio though, and it doesn't say your single and like long walks on the beach :]

The next thing you're going to tell me is that Pete Pelegrin wants to end world hunger and wants to insure peace on earth and good will towards everyone.

"The next thing you're going to tell me is that Pete Pelegrin wants to end world hunger and wants to insure peace on earth and good will towards everyone."

That comes after success at FIU. One thing at a time. Geeez.

Honestly, I think there is abetter chance that world hunger, world peace and good will towards everyone occurs before FIU has what can be deemed "success" in football. I think baseball will be more successful in the short term than football will. No, I am just kidding, I don't think that all of the worlds problems will be solved before FIU is relevent in football. I do think however that there is too much importance being put on the new FIU football stadium, as if to say now that FIU has this great new stadium, players will not want to go to UM. That is rediculous and if there are any FIU posters out there that were hoping that this new stadium was going to be the straw that broke the camals back and now FIU will get all the recruits due to "The Cage, " I feel sorry for you, I really do. Yes the Orange Bowl is an antiquated sh*t hole - but the players kept comming. Yes UM does not have an on campus stadium or the facilities that state schools have, but go tell Ed Reed, Ray Lewis, Michale Irvin, Russel maryland, Cortez Kennedy,Clinton Portis, Willis Mcgahee, Shawn Taylor, Michael Barrows, Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson, Jeremy Shockey, Vinny Testeverde, Bernie Kosar, Gino Torretta, Bryant Mckinney, Kellen Winslow Jr. and the lis goes on that they made a mistake because they chose to go to a school that didn't have a shiny new stadium. Get serious people. The Cage is not going to bring you to the promise land, at best, it will put you ahead of some DII schools that play on unmanicured fields with metal bleachers seating 750 people.

SUNBLAZER 69

TIME TO HEAR FROM A FORMER PLAYER. I AM SURE ALL OF YOU HAVE AN OPINION BUT I AM GUESSING THAT NONE OF YOU HAVE PLAYED BASEBALL MUCH LESS AT FIU FOR DANNY PRICE.

I AM TIRED OF HEARING AM SUAREZ'S NAME BEING BROUGHT UP. DANNY DID NOT RUN HIM OUT OF FIU HE SIMPLY WAS AFFRAID OF COMPETITION. HE WANTED TO BE A STARTER NO MATTER WHAT AND DANNY SAID YOU HAVE TO EARN THAT, SO HE LEFT. STOP BRINING UP PLAYERS THAT PLAY FOR BARRY UNIVERSITY COME ON THATS LIKE COMPARING THE WNBA TO THE NBA.
ELIH FAILED HIS WAY OUT OF FIU YOU DO HAVE TO GO TO CLASS AND GET A GRADE OTHER THAN AN F TO PLAY. SOCCORO DID THE RIGHT THING BY GOING TO DUKE WHATS WRONG WITH THAT????? YOU CANT COMPARE DUKE TO FIU IN ANYTHING. THEY ARE IN THE ACC COME ON MAN.

THE ONLY PROBLEM WITH FIU WAS THEY RECRUITED KIDS FROM OUT OF STATE THAT WERE HUGE BUSTS AND BELOW AVERAGE AT BEST. WHY BRING IN AN AVERAGE PLAYER FROM ARIZONA OR CALIFORNIA WHEN YOU CAN SAVE SCHOLARSHIP MONEY AND BRING IN BETTER PLAYERS FROM MIAMI. NOT TO MENTION THE HORSE @#$% SCHEDULE THAT THEY HAVE HAD. IF MIAMI PLAYED FSU, UF, USF, TENNESSE, ETC A BUNCH OF PLAYERS WOULD HAVE LOVED TO PLAY HERE. I WROTE THIS BEOFRE YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS TO TRAVEL ALL THE WAY TO TALLAHASSEE DRIVE BY FSU AND PLAYED FLORIDA A&M RATLERS?????? THAT IS GARBAGE. FIU'S SCHEDULE WAS THE WORST FOR RECUITING HANDS DOWN. HE WAS AFRAID OF NOT GETTING 40 WINS SO HE SCHEDULED CUP CAKE TEAMS AND STILL LOST TO SOME OF THEM.

IT WAS NOT ESAY PLAYING AT FIU UNDER PRICE HE HAD 2 OR 3 PLAYERS THAT WERE STARTERS NO MATTER WHAT AND THE OTHERS HAD TO HIT 3-3 EVERY GAME OR YOU WERE NOT GOING TO PLAY THE NEXT DAY. HE CREATED A BAD TEAM ENVIRONMENT AND HAD A CRAPPY SUPPORTING CAST ROLY POLY CASANOVA? TONY CASAS THE CLOWN? HAWLIK THE SKATER DUDE? LOU SANCHEZ ???? COME ON. IT WAS LONG OVER DUE.

PEACEOUT!!!

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