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1.21 Jiggawatts = (8-4) 5-2 SBC + title

Some of the college football preseason previews have hit newsstands and the two I've read have FIU headed for another 0-12 season. Both the Sporting News and Athlon Sports are predicting another winless season for the Golden Panthers.

The GPP won't make any predictions until after getting a long look at the team during fall practice which begins in August. We'll have our two cents for you then. Which is exactly what everybody's predictions are worth anyway -- since none of the writers or fans of college football actually play or coach the sport or know what's going to transpire during the upcoming season.

Delor But lucky for you, the GPP has rented a DeLorean and we're going to go back in time to see what FIU's record would have been last season if MC and his staff coached the most talented Golden Panthers team in the program's five-year history.

Just to refresh, the 2006 Golden Panthers had senior skill players (Josh Padrick, Chandler Williams, Sam Smith) on offense that were All-Sun Belt in 2005. But somewhere along the way, the o-line's needs were not addressed and neither was the kicking game. On defense, FIU had future NFLers Antwan Barnes, Chris Smith, 2-time Sun Belt defensive player of the year Keyonvis Bouie, Alex Bostic and other All-Sun Belt defenders. EbrownOn an 0-12 team in 2006, this defense finished 1st in the nation in tackles for loss, 4th in pass defense and 28th overall in total defense.

Now before we get the flux capacitor running and the 1.21 jiggawatts, I'm sure there will be some folks, who are not fans of time travelling, who will say "what could MC and staff have done different to prevent an 0-12 season". Like one of the newest readers to the GPP pointed out MC has never had any coordinating experience. True, but just from looking at some of the offense and innovation on both sides of the ball during the spring and watching the discipline and work ethic FIU had under MC in March and April, it might have been a different story in 2006. So let's set the controls in the DeLorean to August 31, 2006. Destination: Murfreesboro, Tennessee...Btf_2

Aug. 31: Final score: Middle Tennessee 7, FIU 6. . .The easy answer is to point out how FIU lost by missing an extra point. But with some of the offense shown this spring by o-coordinator James Coley, the Golden Panthers make this game a rout, especially with MT needing 3 guys to block "El Monstruo" Barnes most of the game. (Back to the Future FIU record: 1-0, 1-0 in Sun Belt).

Sept. 9: South Florida 21, FIU 20. . .Yeah, yeah, we know another missed extra point. MC would have a recruited kicker, no doubt. But this game fell apart with a USF punt returned for a touchdown and a late FIU turnover deep in its own territory. Better special teams coverage under new ST coach Apollo Wright (some of the former FIU players who were at spring practice this year stood next to me saying things like "we never did that on special teams" or "we haven't done that since high school" when watching Wright direct the STs in practice). The discipline brought by the new coaching staff may have helped prevent that late fumble. (BTTF record 2-0).

Sept. 16: Bowling Green 33, FIU 28. . .A 5-point loss. Here's some of the offensive lowlights: a 9-yard fumble returned for a touchdown. 3 sacks, 3 interceptions. A'mod Ned had a huge day running for 169 yards, but the passing game (145 yards) could not get going. Not Padrick's fault, he had no line and he couldn't call his own plays. Coley's offensive innovation and MC recruiting an o-line turn this game FIU's way. (BTTF 3-0).

Mcfly Sept. 23: Maryland 14, FIU 10. . .Here's where lack of preparation really hurt. Down 14-10 with 1:35 left in the game, FIU starts at its 20-yard line. "Hello, McFly", Can you say two-minute offense? Golden Panthers offensive players would have liked to, but later told me they never really worked on it in practice. Despite that, FIU drives to the Terps 9, but can't get in the end zone. Again, a little more offense and there's no need for a last minute drive to win. (BTTF 4-0).

Sept. 30: Arkansas State 31, FIU 6. . .This is another lack of preparation game as FIU players admitted afterwards. Coming off almost upsetting Maryland, FIU was thinking "we belong in the ACC". FIU didn't take ASU seriously and that was evident down 21-0 early in the 3rd quarter. Watching that game, FIU was clearly faster and bigger than ASU, but not mentally better. MC and company would have addressed that. (BTTF 5-0, 2-0 SBC).

Oct. 7: North Texas 25, FIU 22 (7 overtimes). . .Yes, again kicking was an issue. But FIU having the ball 1st and goal at the NT 1-yard line in OT and not scoring a TD is inexcusable, especially with a mobile QB in Padrick and not being allowed to use his mobility. I think Coley finds 1 yard in his pocket next to some coins. (BTTF 6-0, 3-0 SBC).

Oct. 14: um 35, FIU 0. . .Here clearly um was more talented as a team than FIU, even with a close score (7-0 in 3rd quarter) before the Rocky auditions broke out. (BTTF 6-1).

Oct. 28: Alabama 38, FIU 3. . .Down only 10-3 at halftime and missing 18 players due to um suspensions, FIU still was mismatched against a better foe. (BTTF 6-2).

Nov. 11: Louisiana-Monroe 35, FIU 0. . .Forget about being undermanned, this was a game where nothing went right. (BTTF 6-3, 3-1 SBC).

Nov. 18: Louisiana-Lafayette 17, FIU 7. . .Here's the classic example of the questionable offensive play calling last season. FIU is ahead 7-3 and driving in the 2nd quarter. The drive started at their own 2 and running back Julian Reams has gained nearly 48 yards on the drive to the 50-yard line. It's now 3rd and 1 at midfield. I don't know? Maybe you give it to Reams who has not been stopped? No, the bubble screen (that has worked 1 time in 4 years) is called and FIU loses 2 yards and has to punt. Again, different thinking on O wins this game the way FIU's D was playing. (BTTF 7-3, 4-1 SBC).

Nov. 25: Florida Atlantic 31, FIU 0. . .Like Monroe, there were no answers for the Owls. (BTTF 7-4, 4-2 SBC).

Dec. 2: Troy 26, FIU 13. . .This game might have been for the Sun Belt Championship. Troy entered the game 5-1 in the conference. Looking at the DeLorean's numbers, FIU was 4-2. With no o-line, a bunch of players still suspended and inept offensive play calling, FIU actually led this game 7-6 just before halftime. But 4 punts, a possesion ending on downs and an interception in the 2nd half ended any hopes of a win. With the new staff, there would have been an o-line, better play calling and an SBC title. (BTTF 8-4, 5-2 SBC).

As for this season, MC and staff have their work cut out for them. All the senior skill players on offense have graduated and so have most of the defense's best players. Going by that alone, you can see how the preseason magazines see an 0-12 season. Whether it will be, we'll find out soon enough. But folks, with the lack of discipline and the predictability of last season behind now, I don't think we'll need to rent another DeLorean to wonder what might have been.

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Very entertaining ride on Back to the Future!! Cool blog...Oh!...what could have been!!

Now why you have to open old wounds man…. Huh…. Disappointing last season yet flirting with greatness. Like always great blog Pete. Before you came around I would have to dig deep for FIU news. Now you just make it a one stop shop.

I AGREE, I AM ABSOLUTELY SURE MARIO CRISTOBAL WOULD HAVE WON SOME OF THOSE GAMES.

STROCK WAS A 9 TO 5 COACH AND I KNOW THIS FOR A FACT.

FOR THOSE THAT DONT KNOW, COACHING IN COLLEGE IS NOT A 9 TO 5 JOB IT IS AN ALL DAY AND NIGHT THING.

BOTH PRICE AND STROCK BOTH GOT OUT WHAT THEY PUT IN, WHICH IS THE MINIMUM.

HARD WORK + DEDICATION + PREPARATION = MORE WINS, MORE LUCK GOES YOUR WAY, BETTER RECRUITING.

9 TO 5 COACHES + NO PREPARATION = 0-12 FOOTBALL SEASON, NO SUN BELT TOURNEY FOR BASEBALL, ALONG WITH A HORRIBLE RECORD, HORRIBLE RECRUITS.

hahahahaha...atleast you got one thing right...a loss to the U

Lets predict that the opposing starting QB, RB and the top 3WR got suspended for missing curfew the night before every game. Can we say 12-0?

The 2006 squad was the most talented team in our brief 5-year history, in my opinion. Unfortunately, our coaching was non-existent and Strock truly was the 9 to 5 (maybe 4:30) coach.

Unfortunately, our 2007 schedule is rougher than '06. We're younger and have lost our best players on both sides of the ball. I don't think we'll see an 0-12 team, but I'm not counting on more than 4 wins. Building a program is tough.

Great blog Pete. Good luck to our kids.

Have a safe 4th of July everyone.

Great blog Pete. Many of the "experts" from these magazines only see our record last year and make their assumptions from that. Your summary of what went on last season would change a lot of people's opinions. A couple of bounces, a couple of different play calls, and it's a totally different season. I can't wait for September 1st!

Wow PP, you have now entered the land of delusion along with your FIU posters. How can you say that a team that lost EVERY game, would have won 8 had it been for a few bounces here and there? Are you not taking into account some of the "bounces" that did not go there opponents way? I mean, if some things went different for FIU's opponant's, maybe those 1 point losses wopuld have been blow out losses - right? I mean, I know this is an FIU blog, and it is enjoyable for those FIUers who like to live in make believe land - but in reality, FIU went 0-12 b/c they sucked. If "experts" are picking them to go 0-12 again, it is because they suck again. PP, if memory serves me correctly, the DeLorian and the flex capacitor could also go into the future. For your next blog, why don't you take the 2007 schedule and do a game by game analysis of sorts. I can't wait to see what you put for September 15. Either way, I am sure that you will find a way to excuse another 0-12 season with a lack of execution by the PLAYERS, a lack of talent by the PLAYERS, and not enough time to do the right recruiting because g-d forbid you made room for the true reason FIU went 0-12 last year and is being predicted to go 0-12 again - because the other teams are just better.

So if you went back in the Dolorian and won the games and did finish 8-4...what would all the FIU fans hoot and holler on this blog when they go 0-12 this year after a "great" 8-4 campaign????

"TDABS"

Those Days Are Back Son

U 24/7,

We sucked !!! Guy, you are worse than a bad case of herpes. Your outbreaks don't end.....There was no excuse for your beloved U to go 6 and 6 and then barely win against a pathetic Nevada in the smurf bowl. RIGHT or was there ? Should of lost at 3 more games, but a couple bounces here and some yellow flags there and senile ref later and UCG becomes bowl eligible. At least our conference bowl is in a REAL stadium and not in the SIBERIA of the U.S. mainland.

scUM had to squeak out wins to DUKE, HOUSTON, and BC on their journey to that ridiculous game in Idaho. Miami will not win a road game this year and like I told you before, Marshall and Texas A&M will embarrass you at home. Maybe you beat FIU and Duke, MAYBE ? Big DEAL, we'll all be pissed if UCG prevails against FIU...But you know what...The stats don't lie and the U is sinking FAST. At best 4 - 8 with wins against teams that never had any football tradition and promise. Remember, you can say we sucked all you want, but it hurts more to look at those NCAA titles of years gone by and know that it will be a long time before you even sniff a shot again.

FIUBlueandGold - huh? Your comment was so inaccurate and nonsensical that it is hard to even formulate a response. However, I will try. Lets start with this little gem taken from your post, "At least our conference bowl is in a REAL stadium and not in the SIBERIA of the U.S. mainland." Dude, what the HELL are you talking about here? Our conference - the ACC - does not have a bowl game dedicated to itself - it has a title game which means something because the winner goes to a BCS game, unlike the powerhouse SunBelt, but what is a conference bowl game anyway? That was comment number 1 that made you sound like a jack and showed your lack of knowledge towrads anything college football. Second, you proffered this tid bit of information, "Miami will not win a road game this year." What is your basis for this comment? Miami plays Oklahoma, Florida State, Va. Tech, BC and NC on the road this year. I agree those are tough games, and will most likely be close scores, but to so definitevly that Miami is not going to win a single road game, especially with N.C. sitting there on the schedule, this is point number 2 in your post that makes you sound rediculous. Finally, you post, "The stats don't lie." I agree with you. The stats show that your team last year was 0-12. Yet, you, PP and the rest of the FIUers here are playing with the "stats" and claiming that you should have been 8-4 with a SunBelt title. Stick to your words, stats don't lie, 0-12 is 0-12. FIUblueandGold, you need a hobby and a hug my friend.

You're RIGHT, I don't know football like you, ALL THAT MATTERS is scUM "U" yeah, yeah, yeah...Sorry kid, I use my intelligence to make $$$$ and run this company....

Go write on your own BLOG. Damn, can someone find a vaccine for that.

hopefully your company has more success than your football team...but i guess it would be impossible to have less success

Those UM guys are so cute.

I think everyone is smoking something on this blog.

PP, you are definitely stretching with your analysis. I am a huge FIU fan and I am not drinking your kool aid.

Regardless, the past does not matter. I like the idea of doing an analysis of the future. I would also be very curious as to what you think of FIU vs. UM. I’m thinking we are not there yet. But hey upsets happen.

Though I love Pete's optimism, there is no way that anyone can speculate on what could have/would have been last year. We can't go back and change any of that. What does matter is 2007 and what we are going to be able to do this year. I am, as always, the avid fan and going after a 12-0 season, but I am also a realist and will be happy with a 6-6 season knowing that one of those on the "W" side will be against UCG.

0-12 deserves a beating. That stat does not lie. although it doesn't tell the entire story, the bottom line is that the 2006/7 campaign did not yield a win.

What's hard to understand is how a UM team that went 6-6 in the regular season and barely squeeked by a winless Duke team and a non-descript Nevada team finds the merit to beat their chest.

By definition, a 6-6 season is average and surviving Duke is nothing to brag about.

But then again, the cane fans on this blog are the same one's who don't give UF their earned respect despite winning it all this past season.

The bottom line, UM gloats when the win and even when they don't, they continue to promote thier culture of misplaced bravado and aggresive confrontationism. This sad cane position is born out of "little-school, big athletics syndrome."

You see, canes fear that if all the noise they make in athletics is reduced to a wimper, the country would be able to pull back the curtain and discover a small, over-priced private school with crappy facilities and no on-campus stadium. It behooves them to keep making noise, even in the face of a mediocre football record in order to keep up the appearance that they are much larger than actual size.

As always, Go G-Panthers!

Well said, gpantera. I agree with alot of PP's analysis of the 2006 season--if we had a half-respectable offensive line and an even mediocre D-1 kicking game, we would have contended for the Sun Belt, without a doubt. Our W-L record didn't tell the story, and realistically, it probably won't this year as well. The story is that FIU is rising and will continue to do so. The boulder has just started to roll and it's gaining momentum. We just need a little more patience as it picks up speed. The sleeping giant has had a nice, long sleep, and now it's time to get busy and get to work.

MOST OF YOU ARE MISSING THE POINT (UM FANS, I WOULD SAY MORE UM FREAKS THAN FANS). ALL PP IS TRYING TO SHOW IS HOW
FIU'S 0-12 SEASON WAS NOT GETTING BEAT 38-0 EVERY GAME.

FIU IS REAL CLOSE TO TURNING THOSE LOSSES AROUND.

I THINK AN 0-12 SEASON DID GREAT FOR FIU. IF FIU WOULD HAVE WON 5 OR 6 GAMES, STROCK WOULD HAVE BEEN THERE STILL.

NOW WE HAVE A REAL COACH.

AS FAR AS GOING ON THE TIME MACHINE, I WISH WE CAN TAKE THE TIME MACHINE BACK AND ANALYZE THE CANES FIRST 5 SEASONS.

I BET IF THEY HAD A BLOG BACK THEN, IT WOULD RESEMBLE MUCH LIKE THIS ONE. SO UM FREAKS LETS NOT FREAK OUT OVER THE BLOGS AND READ THEM FIRST, ANALYZE IT,READ IT AGAIN, AND THEN WRITE SOMETHING.

I GUARANTEE IF YOU GUYS (CANES FREAKS) DO THAT SIMPLE INSTRUCTION AND YOU WOULD UNDERSTAND A POST AND NOT REACT LIKE THIS " THE CANES WILL DESTROY FIU", BLAH BLAH BLAH, "THE CANES ARE IN THE ACC" BLAH BLAH BLAH, "FIU STINKS" BLAH BLAH BLAH.

READ !!!!!!

UM's first year of football in 1926, the Canes went 8-0. "A Realisst", analyze that. Here, I will help you - Dominance from the beginning.

LOOK AT THOSE RECORDS WHAT DOMINATION BY THOSE CANES YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT.

I DONT THINK SO.

PLEASE LOOK AT THE HISTORY, NOTSOSMARTCANE (CRAZYCANE).

Tenure Coach Record

1926-1928 Howard Buck 15-10-2
1929 J. Burton Rix 3-2-0
1930 Ernest Brett 3-4-1
1931-1934 Tom McCann 18-15-4
1935-1936 Irl Tubbs 11-5-2
1937-1942, 45-47Jack Hardi 54-32-3
1943-1944 Eddie Dunn 6-8-1
1948-1963 Andy Gustafson 93-65-3
1964-1970 Charlie Tate 34-27-3
1970 Walt Kichefski 2-7-0
1971-1972 Fran Curci 9-13-0
1973-1974 Pete Elliot 11-11-0
1975-1976 Carl Selmer 5-16-0
1977-1978 Lou Saban 9-13-0

Buddy - show me ONE season where UM went 0 for the season. Exactly. Never happened. Game Over. Thanks for playing.

THEY COULD HAVE WENT 50-0 THERE FIRST 4 SEASONS BUT THEY WENT 6-6 LAST YEAR??? WHAT DOES THAT PROVE???

CRAZYDUMBCANE?

I have to agree. Though I can find multiple explanations for our dismal year, it must be understood that it was only our fifth. For a program that is 80 years old to just break even.....well, there is no explaining that.

FIUMom, as soon as I start to think you have figured IT out - you post something like that. I am sorry for you, I really am. You think because a team has been around for a long time means that it should not go through any down time or rebuilding. I draw your attention to FSU, UF (a few years ago under Zook) PSU a few years ago and Notre Dame. These are all teams that have been around for A LONG time and have gone through changes, up and down seasons. Your rationale about a team being around 80 years and not being able to explain a .500 season is so stupid, not only do I feel bad for you, I feel bad for everyone who listens and reads your thoughts. However, since I do value your participation on this blog, I am going to pretend like your last post never existed, I assume that everyone do the same and forgive FIUMom for her lack in posting judgement, I guess Oprah was so moving today that FIUMom lost her senses for a moment.

hey all im back from paris, btw pete paris says hello back. jeez im gone for a week and the UM bloggers went crazy.... 24/7 i know i gave you a vaction from your day-ly corrections but time to come back strong. you know your first post on this particutlar artical where you " If "experts" are picking them to go 0-12 again, it is because they suck again". ya i would just like to remind you that one of the most heralded experts in football ala college game day kirk herbstriek picked the canes to go all the way... as painful as it was to watch FIU go undefeated it hurt worst when you have experts picking you to go to the NCgame and barely breaking .500. so to sum up 0-12 is inexcusable and the coaching staff got what it deserved. but being picked to go to the NC game and barely being bowl eligable also is inexcusable. COACHING MATTERs. as to the other cane fans... comments on review but to set the record strait for them new canes i am a fan of both so dont assume i am biased one way or another.

TheU24/7,

You are a royal scUM bag. The "U" is sinking and sinking FAST. 6 - 6 was only the beginning and next year you can come on here and explain 4 - 8 to us all. BTW, Paterno and Bowden stayed during the "down years" because they are ICONs, ask Zook and Willigham how they feel about sub-standard results ??

FIUmom, we love you and all understand your point.

CJ - maybe you should worry about correcting yourself more then others. You posted, "as painful as it was to watch FIU go undefeated" What planet are you living on brother? What did they do to you in Paris? FIU "undefeated" that's a laugh.

I POSTED THE COMMENT NOT FIUMOM WHY ATTACK HER????

A Realisst - you cannot be that stupid. You didn't see FIUMom's post for which I was responding to? Please read all posts before questing me. Thank you.

my mistake was a typo whats your excuse....

I am not saying that "experts" are always right - I never made that claim. Furthermore, the only reason I said tyhat last years team sucked was b/c they went o for the season (fact, not speculation) and, in my opinion, they are going to suck again. A team is only as good as their record. Last years UM team was mediocre at best (6-6) but, 6-6 is a lot bet then 0-the season. And the argument of, well we are a new program doesn't fly - please see my previous post where UM went UNDEFEATED (not a typo) their FIRST season.

AGAIN I MUST POST THIS AGAIN:

"THE CANES COULD HAVE WENT 50-0 THERE FIRST 4 SEASONS BUT THEY WENT 6-6 LAST YEAR??? WHAT DOES THAT PROVE"???

FIU COULD HAVE WENT 12-0 LAST YEAR WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH THE NEXT YEAR?????????

NOTHING

Guys,
Thanks for the show of support. But I have resigned myself to ignoring the statements and opinions of certain persons on this blog, so there is no need to stand up to those persons. The love is felt, and....trust me....nothing and no one will ever stop my from speaking my mind.

Back to the topic at hand........is it September 1 yet???????

NY SLOSH - I wish I could go back in the Dolorian to the night you were conceived and stop that human crash from ever occurring. Brain cells die while reading your posts.

Sanitized.

CANDYCANE - in CandyCane style - show me ONE season where no scUMmy football players had a run-in with authorities and prove scUM was a classy program in at least 1 year. Show me ONE season where scUM finished with more than 3 losses and averaged more than 50k fans per game and prove there are more scUMheads like you....never happened, life over.

Sanitized.

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