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Uh-Oh Orange

If you were from out of town and had seen FIU practice for the first time ever this week you may have thought the football team's nickname had something to do with the color orange. Which regarding Panth_2 Orange_2 Saturday's game is not a good one.

FIU is still the Golden Panthers, but you would have never figured it out looking at their defensive backs this week in practice. Six of the nine regular DBs sported orange non-contact jerseys and some may not even play against Arkansas State on Saturday.

Indians QB Corey Leonard is one of better passers in the Sun Belt and could have a field day against the FIU secondary tommorrow. Out for this game are Robert Mitchell (foot) who is also out for the season. Safety Alonzo Phillips (back) is also out. Safety Kreg Brown (ankle) is likely out as well. Ashlyn Parker, Anthony Gaitor and Lionell Singleton all also had the orange on this week. Of those three Parker is the most likely to miss the game -- which is not good considering how the former receiver has emerged as a defensive force this season.

Other secondary players like: Brandon Ellison, Cory Fleming, Dez Johnson, Malik Jones, Jeremiah Flood and Devin Parrish could see more action. Receiver Kendall Berry even worked a little as a DB in practice this week.

However, if FIU can put together a consistent and productive offensive effort on Saturday, the Golden Panthers can leave ASU with their first win of the season. The Indians have given FIU trouble in years past, but this is the Sun Belt where anything can happen. ASU is giving up almost 30 points per game and nearly 200 yards rushing.

Before I thought I had walked into an orange grove this week at FIU, had the feeling that the Golden Panthers could pull out the game against ASU, but with a depleted secondary it looks like it will have to Ob_2 wait until the next game at home in the, yes you guessed it, Orange Bowl against Louisiana-Lafayette on Nov. 17.

GPP thinks: Arkansas State 41, FIU 17

PANTHER PAWSE

Part 2 of the new FIU Stadium Tour will be on here early next week, got tied up this week with the FIU men's and women's basketball previews that you can catch in the Miami Herald on Sunday (men) and Monday (women) or on-line on the Herald's sports FIU page.

Esola_2 BTW, an update from FIU men's hoops. Forward Cedric Essola (picture, left), whom coach Sergio Rouco said earlier last month was going to redshirt this season because of asthma problems, will now play this season giving FIU a complete roster when they open the season on Monday, Nov. 12 at home against Florida Tech.

FIU Fanatic: There will be 4 elevators at the new stadium: 1 for FIU coaches, 1 for opponents coaches, 1 for club level suites fans and 1 for the general public. For next season, the media and coaches will each occupy a different suite.

FIUBlueandGold: The north stands of the stadium will go down when the student services and welcome center are built next year. And yes, the north stands and student/welcome center will be embedded into the stadium. The animation you last saw was NOT the complete rendering of the stadium when it is done. The second level is a wait and see approach.

CJ: All seats in the new stadium will have back rests. Taylor Beasley is not coming to FIU. He was offered a scholarship by the old coaching staff. The freshman quarterback you are referring to is Darold Hughes from Marrero, Louisiana and is likely going to redshirt this season. I'll tell you this, the kid has shown he has some quarterbacking skills when he directs the scout team against FIU's first team defense. Hughes has a great arm.

UltimateFIUFan: Yes, the NW linebacker got an offer from FIU, but he has not committed anywhere yet.

FI-UM Fan: Yes, high schools will play football in the new FIU Stadium. That will definitely help with recruiting.

FIUDad: Like your enthusiasm of playing the final home game at FIU Stadium, but the players would have to dodge the construction workers, cranes and other building materials. The stadium will not be ready for Dec. 1 of this year against North Texas.

24/7: For your answers on possible NCAA sanctions against FIU read the GPP's "Thursday Night FIU Baseball Live Blog" on Oct. 24.

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FIU - 13 ASU - 35

As always, I hope I am wrong and FIU wins.

FIU 27 Ark St 23

I like our backups in the secondary--they should have been getting more playing time this year anyway.

41-17 Arkansas State.

I was hopeful we could sneak one out this week, but the DB situation leads me to predict bad things tomorrow. Besides that, for some freakin' reason, we never do well against ASU. They always seem to kill us.

Yes, I know I'm stealing Pete's score... and no, I don't care.

Peace!

You right...They seem to "have our number", as they have always killed us. I still remember that game over at Jonesboro a couple of years ago....

Pete,

Good point on Darold Hughes. This kid comes from a winning HS program in Louisiana! His HS team was the only team to beat Hooverville last year. That's team in Alabama that was on MTV.

I know I didn't submit last week but for this week.

FIU 24 Arkansas State 23...I so hope I'm right. I want FIU to win before the Dolphins.

GO FIU!!!!

thanks for all the info pete glad you were able to get to all my questions

FIU 13 - asu 34

At least Orange Panthers are a little closer to Golden Panthers than the Blueberry Panthers that we are this year (I hope the guys get well and are back in the line up next week).

Couldn't get on last night. I'm not winning but wanted to put my score.

ASU- 38
FIU-17

Hey Pete, can you give us an update on how Bryan Mann is doing this year in C.C.? Is there any chance he'll be back in Miami next year?

I thought he was our best hope at QB coming into the season before being declared ineligible.

And the hatred of the blue pants continues... gotta admire the dedication, SouthPaw. I don't like 'em, either, but I can't say I care about it as much as you seem to. A uniform's a uniform. It's important, but if FIU decides to change colors tomorrow, I wouldn't really care that much. I do like blue and gold, though, so I wouldn't want them to change.
Anyway, I'd rather worry more about the team.

Do you mean that 66-24 beatdown in '05, Fanatic? God, that was just an ugly game. 31-6 last year wasn't much better, either. I don't know about the '05 game, but I do have a story to tell from the '06 game.

After the game was over, I was talking to someone on the media side (not PP, for the record) and saying, "We looked like we didn't show up at all." This person told me, "I heard some of the players saying before the game that ASU was gonna be a cakewalk." I was like, "WHAT? We're freakin' 0-4! How's it even possible for us to HAVE a cakewalk? We ARE the cakewalk!" He just said "I can only tell you what I heard."

It was stuff like that that made me come to the conclusion that Strock had to go. Any coach whose team is winless and yet has over-confident players clearly doesn't know what he's doing. For that matter, I don't know what that says about the players, either. It's one thing to have confidence in yourself, and I get trying to psyche up your boys, but calling someone a cakewalk when you're winless is classic pot-calling-kettle-black if I've ever seen it.

Anyway... I sure hope over-confidence won't be the issue today...

I hope I'm not too late.......
42-10 ASU

Messod Bendayan, good post and OOOHHH so true! If you are not prepared and know nothing about your opponent (part of preparation) then the smack one speaks is truly stupid. The players you mentioned are the perfect example of the ineptitude of that total coaching staff led by Strock. Great point!!

GO FIU!!!

hey guys just a quick pop in just about half time Fiu has got a 9-3 lead... 1 td 1 safety. o god i hope we hold out!

Lets go FIU!!!!! 2 more qts to win.

This lost really hurts. I'm proud of how the boys fought tough the whole game but hurts to lose on specials teams!!

Big props to Toronto Smith being all over the field on defense!!! As for Younger, he is playing his heart out. I really believe they can win 2 out of the last 3 home games this year.

On a final note, isn't it beautiful that Canes lose last home game at OB to a 3-5 team? They easily should be 4-5 this year...they got lucky against FSU!! Obviously the real Freeman showed up today.

Go FIU!!

Oh...another heartbreaker of a loss...Our guys did play with a lot of heart....We lose 27-24 at the lst second with a FG, after tying it with an amazing play by Younger...

Excuse my grammar...i meant "loss" in my first sentence.

Last thing, did you guys see that LB from Booker T. that committed to FIU? I think his name was Willis.

I don't know if this came from Pete!! Read below:


Booker T. Washington outside linebacker Kambriel Willis said he verbally committed to Florida International University last weekend.

Willis (6-0, 215 pounds) runs a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash and ranked second in Miami-Dade County among Class 6A-4A schools in sacks with 13 entering Friday's game against Jackson.

Willis also ranks third at Booker T. Washington with 48 tackles.


FIUJM, hey jackass, the final game of the season for UM at the OB is next week against UVA. Before spouting off some venom at least try not to make yourself look like an idiot.

To the rest, good job today. Your team played with a lot of heart. It's a loss, but you should be proud that you kept it close. Add to that, you guys finally broke pass the 10 point mark. Props

And props to UM for keeping the game with NC State close...

Yeah, props to UM for keeping it close at an empty home effort against a 3-5 team. scUM is going to put the OB out of its misery with a drubbing by Virginia. At least FIU will close out the OB on a winning note. We will take North Texas.

Great effort today by our guys, I'm stunned at how we can't catch a break. Yes, we've lost out last 21, but including this one, 10 of those have been extremely close and could've gone either way. I swear we are cursed lol.

Guess I shouldn't have expected much from some FIU fans. LMAO at Quijote. If there's anything that's guaranteed in this season it's that FIU will lose every single one of their games. But I guess as FIU fans who absolutely loathe UM, you should be happy. The OB will be sent off in a whimper, hosted by a DivII team, in front of sub 300 fans, against some meaningless opponent. I would say it's shameful, but I'm sure you FIU fans are loving it.

Canes as ACC bottom dwellers, yeah we are loving it....but not as much as you'll be enjoying your one hour (at best) car rides across the county to watch your "home", off-campus games starting next year.

Pete, I was a bit surprised at your prediction. I mean, that spread you gave ASU was not far off of your Arkansas spread.
I know we got ridiculed against MTSU, but still.... I'm looking forward to your explanation! Especially after the close game. :)

Props to FIUsports.com for delivering a flawless stream of the game, although it was ASU announcers.

Canester,

Thank you for correcting me about the final UM game being next week. Though, I will say they will end up losing next week also!!! So it doesn't make a difference...jackass!!!

I don't get why some TV stations were even at the OB today if it wasn't their last game? They give that sorry program too much coverage...I hope they give enough coverage on UM player getting arrested!! For some reason, doesn't surprise me from Thug-U.

This has been the first time all year that I've been pleasantly surprised at FIU's performance. I did NOT expect them to be leading in this game for one second, much less a good chunk of the game. Besides the team, I give credit to the coaching staff... they've clearly not lost their guys. Best of all, I think we might be getting a real offense.

For the record, Canester, this isn't the first time all year FIU's gone over 10 points; we put up 16 against Troy and 14 at UL-Monroe. But the 24 is a season high.

Younger looked positively QB-ish today instead of RB-ish. I got to see the ESPN Plus feed, and lemme tell you, what that guy did on the 2-point conversion has to be one of the best plays in FIU history. I'm being dead serious. It was that good. That was VERY impressive. If that boy can develop any kind of decent accuracy, he might actually be a pretty good QB. I still can't see him as the future under center, though. I think Strock had the right idea in trying to make him a WR... the boy clearly has moves. But I got to give the kid credit... he played his best game all season.

As for the D and special teams... for once, the O out-shone you guys. The 4th Quarter in particular wasn't good. That runback of the kickoff at 24 all basically gave ASU the game... because the D couldn't stop the run, and all they needed to do was run the ball with a kickoff return that good. Then again, the secondary had big holes all afternoon, so maybe it wouldn't have mattered. I do know this much... if ASU had a better passing offense, we would've been shredded like cheese in a pizza shop.

I do hope that not too many of the FIU'ers start thinking big here. This was a close game, but I think ASU's the better team. On the positive side, if their heads don't swell up again, the momentum from this close one could be a positive heading up against a crappy Cajuns team... we'll need it, too, because we don't usually do that great on D against Lafayette. Or against running QB's in general, really.

This has been the first time all year that I've been pleasantly surprised at FIU's performance. I did NOT expect them to be leading in this game for one second, much less a good chunk of the game. Besides the team, I give credit to the coaching staff... they've clearly not lost their guys. Best of all, I think we might be getting a real offense.

For the record, Canester, this isn't the first time all year FIU's gone over 10 points; we put up 16 against Troy and 14 at UL-Monroe. But the 24 is a season high.

Younger looked positively QB-ish today instead of RB-ish. I got to see the ESPN Plus feed, and lemme tell you, what that guy did on the 2-point conversion has to be one of the best plays in FIU history. I'm being dead serious. It was that good. That was VERY impressive. If that boy can develop any kind of decent accuracy, he might actually be a pretty good QB. I still can't see him as the future under center, though. I think Strock had the right idea in trying to make him a WR... the boy clearly has moves. But I got to give the kid credit... he played his best game all season.

As for the D and special teams... for once, the O out-shone you guys. The 4th Quarter in particular wasn't good. That runback of the kickoff at 24 all basically gave ASU the game... because the D couldn't stop the run, and all they needed to do was run the ball with a kickoff return that good. Then again, the secondary had big holes all afternoon, so maybe it wouldn't have mattered. I do know this much... if ASU had a better passing offense, we would've been shredded like cheese in a pizza shop.

I do hope that not too many of the FIU'ers start thinking big here. This was a close game, but I think ASU's the better team. On the positive side, if their heads don't swell up again, the momentum from this close one could be a positive heading up against a crappy Cajuns team... we'll need it, too, because we don't usually do that great on D against Lafayette. Or against running QB's in general, really.

Messod, good points on Younger. His two interceptions were terribly bad throws, but at the very least it wasn't another 5 int stinker. He could've probably run for even more yardage as he lost his footing a few times when he started to scramble. That last play though was crazyness, obviously not planned but I've always thought that a quality QB's fundamentals are in his instincts. Younger displayed some good instincts not only at the end, but throughout this game. So I think his foundations are there, he just needs to strengthen them...

That was a good fight, we lost because of our youth, one bad pass from Younger and special team was not focus to stop the kickoff after a great play from Younger. FIU came to win yesterday, they were prepare and they were hungry, if they keep that same intensity for the next three games we should win a couple and play a close game against FAU.
I love to see the hunger and determination on FIU in our last drive and the Younger play. I haven't seen that in our team since last year Maryland game.
The coaches and the players are growing together and they will transfor this program in the future, remember Rome was not built in one day and this guys are not just building but rebuilding and that takes longer because before you can start building you have to do demolition and this season is the demolition stage, MC and the coaching staff are demolishing the messed up house that the previous regime was building.
Lets wait for their new recruits and two to three more years and we will be on top of the Sun Belt and playing in late December.

you guys its is a tough loss to swallow.. to lose like that sucks but the way the offense was playing i cant be angry at the boys. and if all else... younger out performed freeman yesterday... i was at the UM game and it wasnt empty but seriously if younger was playing for UM they could have won that game. THE STREAK WILL END AT 21 ULL will lose.. but EVERYONE better be at the game.

Quiote, you're right. We are cursed. It's the curse of the blue pants. I noted that after the Penn State game when my jaw dropped after seeing the team run out on the field in Happy Valley wearing those Don Strock concoctions, those hideous hand-me-down blueberry pants.

Our all time record wearing blueberry is now 2-19 and we're getting beat on average by 18 points a game. Is a disrespect to our school's name. We have two choices--either go back to the classic gold, or change our name to the Blueberry Panthers. Only then will the curse be removed.

Hey, SouthPaw... maybe we oughta just take all the blue pants, drop them on the 50-yard line and use it to start a bonfire just before we play USF in the new stadium opener next season. You think that'll remove the curse? :)

Seriously... once we get a win, it'll get easier. There's too much focus on getting a win instead of the progress. It's screwing with people mentally. I understand the goal is to win, but this team isn't there yet. It'll come, though, and once we break it, we should break it in a big way. Hopefully.

I think Younger's instincts aren't that great, Quijote. He seems to want to make plays with his feet first, and that's not the way you want to run the spread. It's pass-first, not run-first, even if a running QB is a key component of the system. He is getting better in the pocket, and he is a walk-on freshman. There's hope. But he's better suited as a WR or RB with his instincts.

With that said, at least he gives the young QB's in Anderson, Hughes and Mann more time to develop. The only thing worse than a redshirt freshman starting is a true freshman, especially with a team and an O-line this bad.

Messod,

I love the idea of a blueberry bonfire, but I have to say, I don't want to see those blueberry pants anywhere near our new stadium. How about we close out the Orange Bowl that way with a win over North Texas followed by roasting marshmellows over a blueberry bonfire?

I'll throw my blackberry into your blueberry bonfire.

That would be pretty funny.

I'd burn the rest of the uniforms, too. The tops and the pads. Start over fresh. Who knows, maybe that curse has worked its way into their jockstraps. Let's burn it all down and leave no doubts. Send the OB out in a blaze of glory... both figuratively and literally. There's something very poetic about that, I think.

As GP fans we've suffered some humiliating losses and some heart breakers during this losing streak, however I would hope that this squad can learn from this loss. They need to MAINTAIN a lead and possibily put some distance from their opponent when FIU has the lead. ULL may be the team to help us BUST out of horrible streak!

GO FIU!!!

I do not understand - why, after such a close, and character building game, people like FIUJM feel the need to interject UM talk onto the blog. The GP bloggers have long cmplained that this is FIU blog, so why is UM talk being discussed here. Well loyal GPers, ask FIUJM, there is your answer. No longer can the Cane fans on this site be blammed for the UM banter being brought to the GPP. It is you FIUJM, and others like you, that provoke the Cane fans to post here and spew venom. So you see GPP, it is you, the GP fans that have made this bed, now you have to lie in it. It is rediculous for you to assume that just because we lost to NC State, that we are going to lose to Va. How can you predict a UM loss based on a loss to NC state, and 2 (or maybe even 3) wins for FIU in the upcoming weeks? Did you forget we beat Texas A&M, Florida State, Marshall, Duke, and FIU. Who has FIU beat to allow to make such a bold prediction as to FIU future wins this season? Oh that's right - not one freakin team. Now I am not saying that UM is going to beat Va., but based on past performance this season, I have more faith in UM winning that FIU. FIUJM, why don't we have FIU win ONE game before we start predicting other teams losses? You sir do not have a freakin clue what it means to be a fan, so other GPP contributers, please do not endorse FIUJM is subsequent posts, he does not raise the level of your fan base, if anything, FIUJM is showing how not to be a fan, rather he is showing you how to be a jackass.

Good job by our guys against Ark. St. I thought it would be another ugly loss, but our kids grew up alot on Saturday.

24/7 makes sense. instead of discussing the improvements of the team like we should... some GPC'ers still make comments on UM... one has nothing to do w/ the other. i was at the UM game and i listened to the FIU game. neither had anything to do w/ e/o so we sohould leave one and the other apart

You mean, you actually read his rants? LOL.

Guys, lets focus on what FIU has to do! Forget or ignore the others schools that have nothing to do with pushing FIU forward! We have plenty of work to do on our end. Don't worry / care about what other schools need to do to get better. Focus on MC, SR, TT, CR and the other FIU coaches that need our support.

Pete, is the men's hoops game on Sat the season opener? Please let me know. I've ordered my season tickets, however have not received them.

GO FIU!!!

24/7...you're comments reminded me of a funny commercial on ESPN. YOU QUESTIONING MY FANHOOD?? Personally, I could care less what you write or think about me.

First of all, I'm entitled to my opinions about the UM program. You took my comments too personal. Just to refresh your mind, after UM beat FSU, some of the Canes fan came to the FIU blog bragging about that victory(look it up!!). So they lose, and I want to bring up their lost. I'm man to admit that...I dislike Thug-U!!! I'm refuse to support the University of Miami, just because they are in South Florida. My allegiance is to FIU!!!

As for our program, I completely care. If you read what I wrote, our lost to ASU was painful to me. I really thought we should have won that game. On top of it, I mention recruiting, player progress and my opinion about being patient with the program. So if some of you don't think I care about the program...you're entitled to your opinion...but you're wrong.

Pete,

I forgot to mention...great article on Sunday's newspaper about FIU basketball. This is definitely best basketball team that Sergio Rouco's ever had at FIU. Hopefully, Hicks provides that low post presence FIU was lacking.

GO FIU!!

FIUJM, I agree with your assessment of men's hoops! I think, barring injuries that Sergio will make some noise in the Sun Belt and who knows maybe "DO SOME DANCING" in the Big Dance!

GO FIU!!!

Thanks UltimateFIUFan and baseball season is going to have a great year!! '08 is going to be great year for FIU. New stadium, better football team, good baseball/basketball team, etc.

U24/7....last thing...you were the person posting on FIU blog after UM beat FSU...you're a phony!! I'm done. Read below:

Where are all of the FIU idiots who were on this blog after the past two weeks when UM lost to NC and Ga Tech? What was it you all were saying, UM wont win another game this year. That UM will get smacked by FSU just like they did against NC. That UM can't win on the road. Wow, funny, all I hear is crickets. Be men. When and if FIU wins, I will still be here on the blog talking crap to you all.

Posted by: TheU24/7 | October 23, 2007 at 01:00 PM

FIUJM dont stress so much about 24/7 he is defending his program as we defend ours. i admire him for it. every day i hear ridicule for supporting FIU and i stand by my team so i see what he is saying. i say just let it go lets just take the good from this loss and correct the bad and move on. dont worry what he has or had said in the past and move on.

CJ...you're right. I guess I just don't like my 'fanhood' getting questioned. lol

On a positive note, I like what I'm seeing out of the offense and defense!! I think special teams coverage needs to definitely be worked on for next game. Did you guys hear what ASU staff said after the game? They basically said that FIU is going to be scary for years to come. They are dreading playing FIU next year...I'm sure that the freshmen and sophomores that played on Saturday will remember this lost.

you know i didnt hear that FIUJM do you have the link to that? i would love to hear/read it. pete what do you have coming up for the BYE week i know stadium tour 2 but anything else... maybe a veiw of recruiting (i think all would be interested) or a basketball blog.. even baseball would be great... even though im no baseball fan lol

I heard it on postgame show on 1360 am!!

no i turned it off after we lost i was alil upset lol

Another loss for the Golden Panthers, but a moral victory I guess. Yes, I know my Canes lost, but what are you going to do - look forward to next year I guess. But since this is the FIU blog, lets discuss this past FIU game a little. First, the positive. The GPers fought their hearts out - great game, and especially in the closing minutes on the 2 point conversion. I cannot blame the players for this loss, rather, in close games like this, the loss should be blamed on coaching. I absolutely blame Randy Shannon for the Canes loss this Saturday, so a long those same lines, I feel MC needs to get the brunt of the blame on this game. Poor clockl management, bad play calling, poor defense and special teams schemes (especially at the end of the game) those are all coaching mistakes. MC is clearly overwhelmed by the magnitude of the situation everytime his team is in a position to succeed. I think the p[rogram would be better served with an experienced head coach.

As for the GPers who post on this blog, enough with the freakin pants and uniforms. WHO CARES. You all have not one a game in 2 freakin years, and you are worried about the color of the players pants. Do you rerally think it makes a difference. And now we are going to talk BS about a curse. The curse is yall suck. There is no curse, what you all think you are the Red Sox or Cubs now? You want to know how FIU can reverse this alleged curse, fire MC, and hire a real head coach. MC should go be an offensive coordinator somewhere, get some more experience and then return to the head coaching ranks. I do think in the long run MC will be a good head coach, but I do not think FIU is the place for him to become a good head coach. A word of advice to MC, if you stay at a program that continues to lose, you will be branded a loser head coach and good luck finding a job then, just ask Strock.

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