A little bit less than three hours before the FIU tripleheader, of sorts, kicks off tonight.
It's a where are you going to be Wednesday? You got your choice of game to be at tonight: baseball at home vs. Maine or Sun Belt basketball 1st round games: FIU women home against Denver or FIU men at the Hooters in the Mouth of the Rat.
The GPP will be on the Florida Turnpike north to FAU Arena, but will be keeping tabs on the Golden Panthers baseball team and what's going on at Pharmed Arena. By the way the Sun Belt has got some goofy people making the basketball tourney schedules. The SBC could have easily scheduled the men's opening round on Thursday and the women's opening round tonight. If the FIU men win, they don't play again until Sunday night. Plenty of time between Thursday and Sunday, uh?
FAU 83, FIU 76: You've heard the old adage that it's tough to beat a team three times in a season. Yes, the Hooters did it last year to FIU, but two of those games, including the overtime Sun Belt tourney game were at FAU Arena. I would like FIU's chances better here if this game was in the friendly confines of FIU's Medical Supply Arena. FAU is going to press the heck out of FIU tonight and make the Golden Panthers beat them by breaking the press. Not sure FIU can handle an entire game of full court press. Hope I'm wrong.
FIU 12, Maine 11: Both teams will be throwing basically their entire pitching staffs, except for each team's top starters. So you guessed it, there should be plenty of offensive fireworks. Kyle Preshong (2.08 ERA), who has been one of FIU's better relievers this season, gets the starting nod. Maine has lost four straight games. FIU is 4-6.
FIU 45, Denver 42: Each team is backing into the conference tourney. FIU has lost four in a row and Denver has lost four of its last six games. No doubt missing LaQuetta Ferguson has hurt the FIU ladies. Defense and the home court should help FIU prevail here.
Be back tommorrow with part one of the interview with the Prez.
Nothing new with the offensive coordinator search. I know that MC has interviewed plenty of candidates, but no decision has been reached yet. Therefore, spring football practice will not begin this Saturday, instead at a later date to be announced. Teams can only have spring practice until April 19 so FIU would have to begin some time soon. Will post here when there is more information.
Fiual: The adidas contract is with FIU for a while.
UltimateFIUFan: You are correct MC took over a football program that was "empty and nuked", but TT didn't exactly inherit the World Champion Boston Red Sox from DP. After seeing the first 10 games of the season, I am of the opinion that FIU needs a ton of pitching, especially relievers. Don't care if your coaching the Red Sox, the 1927 Yankees or a Fantasy Baseball team, you are not going to win without quality pitching and TT will go out and get what DP never had.
"El Monstruo" has always been friendly with FIU fans. Antwan is a good kid that has not forgotten where he came from. He was at several of FIU's football practices this past season and has been at several hoops games.
You can be assured that once the workout facilities are built at the new stadium, that former FIU players will be welcomed with open arms. One thing FIU wants to do at the new fieldhouse is have a state-of-the-art training center and rehabilitation facility where not just FIU athletes train year round, but NFL players and other professional athletes come to train at FIU.
From what I've been told, FIU's new weight room will be 5,000 more square feet and have double the equipment and weights than the one pro athletes currently use in Coral Gables.
alt7778: Nobody is yet referring to FIU's teams as FIU, because the university has yet to make it official. When it does, eventually all the video games will catch on.