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Turnbull a Bengal; FIU Hoops a Bungle

Nt Former FIU safety Nick Turnbull signed a free agent deal with the Cincinnati Bengals yesterday and joins Antwan "El Monstruo" Barnes in the same AFC North Division. Last spoke with NT at the Don Shula Bowl last month and he said he had healed from an abdominal injury and was receiving interest from the Dolphins and Carolina Panthers. I guess the Bengals also had interest.

Oh boy, from good news to the bad. The Golden Panthers hoops team dropped another Sun Belt game last night against Middle Tennessee. Just don't see any kind of chemistry or consistency from FIU hoops. In the question I posed two blogs ago:

With a current 3-6 (now 6 was 4) record, the GPP would like to know: How do you think FIU hoops will finish this season and what are your expectations for the Golden Panthers at the end of the season. Which of the 4 is your choice:

1) NCAA tourney, 2) Sun Belt contenders, 3) FIU baseball can not get here soon enough or 4) When does spring football practice start??

Alex, I'll take option 3 for $100 dollars: The answer is: mid-January.Wfsc Jeo_2

GPP buzzes in: What is when FIU baseball begins "spring training" for the 2008 season?

PANTHER PAWSE

MRA: FIU hoops next home game is Friday against George Mason at 7 p.m. Could get ugly, these hoops Patriots will seem like the NFL Patriots to the Golden Panthers.

Yandro: Way to keep the FIU baseball countdown going. I used to do that for MLB Opening Day, but with the changes made to FIU baseball, the countdown is on for that.

China Baltimorepanther: Maybe you can get FedEx or UPS to deliver you a caja China and a lechon for the 24th. I will have FIU football recruiting stories coming out soon. The Herald has a countdown to signing day series of stories planned. From what I'm hearing FIU has 16 to 17 oral commits, with probably some surprises on signing day. Sure would be nice to land Booker T's defensive studs: Jonathan Jackson, Kambriel Willis and Tarvis Pullins. All have received interest from FIU with Willis committing. But I think what FIU also needs is a workhorse, every down running back with speed.

UltimateFIUFan: Tremayne Russell has looked OK, but none of the Golden Panthers have yet to stand out. Center Bada N'Diaye has gotten off to a slow start, because he had a left shin stress reaction to begin the season.

Messod: For someone living in the heart of college basketball country in North Carolina, you've kept pretty good tabs on FIU hoops. See above for your answer to N'Diaye.

Puma: With plenty of time left on SR's contract, I don't know if FIU can buy him out and bring someone else in. That's a decision that might be addressed sooner rather than later if this season keeps up the way it has.

alt7787: Thanks for the props on El Monstruo's story. He had plenty of good things to say about FIU in the interview that will be posted on here soon. EM also talks up FIU to his Ravens teammates. EM will get in the Herald's NFL "local report" soon.

CJ: We will have a comprehensive update and another tour of the new FIU Stadium in January and post Dd_2 it right here on the GPP. How in the world can Jessica Simpson be a jinx? Look at that jinx on the right. Tony Romo needs to man up.

FIUJM: On the channel 7 sports show the other day, MC was pumped up about recruiting and pumped up the stadium when Ch. 7 anchor Steve Shapiro asked him where FIU was playing next season. When SS brought up Paul McCall's play and who FIU's QB will be next season, MC responded that it will be like monster.com:  go out and get yourself a job.

FI-UM Fan: Thanks for the kind words, but I prefer Peter Gammons when it comes to reporting.

gpantera: Idaho's finest meant potatoes (sacks). Audric Adger and his four sacks. I knew writing that bit was a stretch. My bad.

Roman: With your unending enthusiasm behind the microphone at FIU games, we'll honor you with the Apolo Apollo Award....Not named after Creed from Rocky, but instead for the God of the Bou_2 Sun, because regardless of the game's situation, Roman always kept a sunny disposition on the PA. Unlike Ueck's Harry Doyle..................

NY/OC Panther: You might be right about FIU hoops. PG already made some good moves in hiring MC and TT for football and baseball.

24/7: Glad to hear you've become an Antwan Barnes fan. We'll let you know next time he visits FIU football practice.

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Congrats to Nick Turnbull. It would have been nice to stay local and join the Dolphins but I honestly feel that the Bengals are a good fit for him. He can definitely earn playing time there.

Can't wait for the recruiting stuff. I've heard around the same # of commitments. I really hope we can get Darriet Perry from GA for running back position. From last I heard he was really interested in joining FIU. Look below at this webpage(like 8 minutes) for highlights:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxToCyUU_qo

Finally, I really hope FIU basketball turns it around. 3-6 is not acceptable!! They really need to put it together, if not I don't see SR coming back next year. Good luck against GM.

TO CC...the Canes are really good this year. You gotta give it up to Frank Haith. He's doing a great job there.

GO FIU!!!!

Nick Turnbull with the bengals?? He might be able to crack some playing time since the Bengals have the worst defense of all time. It would be pretty sweet to see him play at the final Dolphins game. I havent seen him play since my freshman year. Ohh man.... Turnbull is going to be wearing that tigger Bengals uniform.

Good blog, Pete. I have also heard the 16-18 commitment number. Those are staggering numbers for such a young programs as ours. However, I've only read/confirmed 7 of those commitments with Kenneth White (Yes another KW..this time not in hoops, but committing to FIU) from Norland just committing to FIU.

I'm interested in reading what El Monstruo has to say about his first season, and his thoughts on FIU and our football program. Can't wait...can't wait to see the finished product on FIU's new "Cage"!! I also got to see Nick Turnbull for FAU and UNT's games...good for him as well...

Pete great info!! Any chance Chandler Williams will be activated by the Fins for the last two games?

Thinks don't look good for men's hoops, however I still hold out hope!!

GO FIU!!!

grats to NT for cracking the bengals squad.. the def. need it. pete... like TO. she is high up on my list even after sunday lol she can jynx me any time lol

WOOHOOO...AN AWARD...thanks Pete so kind...I accept in honor of all the past PA's (Messod, Lou, Don Jackson and Mike Biamonte to name a few).

Going to be a fun holiday break with men's hoops on Friday and then the women's fun & sun classic next weekend.

How long til baseball starts again???

hey where do you guys hear all these commits i havent hear any number. i guess i dont have the good sources. where do you all hear these no.

CJ, Insiders (HS coaches, FIU staff, etc..) the website services are not always current either. They delay in verifying info. so if rivals and scout do not list, does not mean the commits are not true ??

no i know... both are really slow... scouts slower than rivals i was just trying to find out cause i want those type of connections lol

I wonder if FIU has asked some of these kids to keep quiet about their commits??

Maybe so other schools don't come back for a late 11th hour push ??

FSU, UM, UCF, FAU and FIU are not going to a BCS title game in the next four years ? Play now against decent competition and develop as a player over 4 years instead of riding the pine for two years...

Just my 2 cents...

PP is it me or this BB team pathetic ?.
No point guards, two big guys that can't score consistenly and the star of the team is weak as in very weak. Two years ago we were promised that Galindo will be the best player in the SB conference and then last year Hicks and the other 7 footer were the steal of the century. So what does that tell us this year ? Please find us a staff that can coach. PG please clean house and start brand new.

BBP, unlike in football where we're exptected to be patient...basketball should definitely be better than 3-6. Galindo is supposed to be top 5 player in SB but he hasn't showned it. I just hope they turn it around.

You make a great point FIUBlueandGold!! I just hope these commits stay true to their commitment to FIU. From what I've gathered they are real good players and will definitely help build our football program.

GO FIU!!!

Thanks for accepting on behalf of the former FIU PA club, Roman. I'll be expecting my part of the trophy in the mail by the time Christmas rolls around. ;)

I do have to admit, you probably show more energy than anyone else who rocked the mic at games. Including myself. I can really tell when you get going during the radio broadcasts. I never heard that before from anyone else, especially during football and basketball.

On a similar note... I hadn't thought of Lew in years. I think that's how his name was spelled. Great guy to talk to. For those of you who don't know who that is... he used to be the main baseball PA guy. The one who always sang "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" and who always said "Golden Panther fans are the greatest, and that's with a capital G!" (I think I've just proved my dorkitude there, but hey, after years of calling games while he was there, that one is just seared into my brain. Probably permanently.)

Is Don still at UM doing the women's games? I hadn't heard about him since he left the GP's.

Anyway... enough PA talk... back to hoops.

It seems to me that this team doesn't know how to work with a big man yet. It also seems to me that Rouco's trying to make the C the focal point of the offense. I wish I could see more to know more, but it sure looks like Galindo's smaller numbers are a direct result of trying to route things through the C. Alex is one of the best in the Belt, but remember that FIU relied on him more for offense the last two years. At least, in theory, they did.

I wouldn't worry about the numbers. It's more about team chemistry, or the lack of it. THAT'S really scary. It might be better to route through Galindo instead for that reason. This team knows how to work around him and all the C's gotta do is adjust. I like the idea of using the C as the offensive focus, especially in a conference like the Belt with so few quality big men, but that's an offensive style FIU isn't used to running very much. It may take more time. Especially with all the shaky PG play lately. Galindo is capable of bringing the ball up, so that's another thought.

I'll leave the recruits to the rest of y'all.

The new football stadium's looking hella nice. Hope to see it more closely when I come back to the 305 next month. Any more updates coming from there soon, Pete?

Actually, never mind the stadium question. You answered it already.

As an eternally wise man once said... "D'OH!"

Messod,

Don is now the athletic director at Homestead High i believe, and does UM women on a part-time basis. I saw him the night we retired Raja's jersey against UM. He was there along with myself and Mike B. It was a fun night and I'm looking forward to the night we retire Carlos' number on Jan. 5 vs. FAU.

I haven't heard or seen Lew in quite a while either, hope all is well with him..

Roman, congratulations. You in the Arena and PP here in the blog are the only exciting events when it comes to basketball games. Messod you gave us a seminar on the C and the Sun Belt and that's OK. However you haven't seem this team and Galindo's play is nothing short than pathetic. Where did you get the idea that he can bring the ball upcourt ?. The man has no quickness in his upper body to shield the defender. His problem is that he was "declared" a super star 3 years ago by this coaching core and unfortunately he believed it and as of Today he is a bust.

Galindo can do it. I've seen him do it before in a game. I'm not saying he should... I'm just saying that's an option. Personally, I'd rather have the PG bring it up... but sometimes you need to think outside the box and try something different. With things going the way they are, now wouldn't be a bad time to try that "something different". Hell, someone mentioned earlier in the year that Fuller should get a crack at PG... I thought it was crazy at the time (and still do), but at this point, Sergio and company can't dismiss anything that could work. They're fighting for their jobs, it seems.

I wouldn't call Galindo a bust. The man was a 2nd team all-conference player last season. The man hit big shot after big shot to win games last season. I wouldn't say he's a superstar, but calling him one of the best players in the Belt is not an exaggeration. You gotta be fair, bro. He's sucking this season compared to last year, but to say he's a bust? Please. You want a bust? Look up "Taurance Johnson". Now THAT was a bust. Galindo has one and a half seasons left to step up his game. We'll see where he stands after that.

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