Your Golden Panthers football team is expected to sport new uniforms this coming season and here are the colors and combinations the team may choose from and possibly one choice that would make SouthPaw's day. No, not a gold puffy shirt, but some gold might be involved.
FIU is still expected to have dark blue jerseys and white jerseys to choose from. As for the pants, the blue pants are still around, but are expected to be a darker blue -- to go with the darker blue in the new logo. Also, FIU is supposed to have white pants to wear this season. There is talk of the gold pants making a comeback, but unlike the white pants, which are a near certainty, the gold is still being bandied about.
The difference between the new and old blue tops and blue pants is supposed to be that the new blue tops and blue pants will have a gold slash running down the sides. The new white tops and white pants will have a blue slash running down the sides.
Don't yet have actual photos of these new unis, but here's an idea of what these new uniforms are supposed to look like. The new uniforms are expected to be somewhat like the Denver Broncos uniforms. EXCEPT, replace the orange slash down the side of Denver's blue uniforms (photo, left) with GOLD. The white uniforms (right) the Broncos wear have the blue slash that FIU's white uniforms will have. Of course, FIU can also choose to go with the gold pants, but that's not supposed to happen just yet.
There are supposed to be alternate pants (without the slash) if the team wants to mix and match the blue and white jerseys with different color pants.
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FIU Fan For Life: Yes, J.C. Otero tore his left ACL, but is expected to return by December according to SR.
Gold: Charlie Jones jumped to Memphis. FIU does have one mammoth transfer in Ulavale Matavao, a 6-3, 348-pound Samoan offensive lineman who is eligible to play this fall. Matavao came to FIU from San Antonio JC in California. Don't worry about updates on the new stadium, I should be touring it either next week or the following and I'll have plenty of information and photos on here soon after the tour.
quijote: FIU recently received $5 million from the State of Florida to renovate FIU Arena. So it's only a matter of time before they start improving the venue. They need to spruce up the place, because the university uses that building practically every day. Also, FIU is currently in negotiations with several South Florida corporations to sell the naming rights to the arena.
gpantera: I'm no artist or anything like that, but here is an idea of how the new FIU logo would look on the blue helmets. This image on the right is from doodling on the Paint Pad on my laptop. Notice the FIU block letters are in white with gold outlines. The blue background I got on this is not as dark as the helmets. That was the darkest blue the Paint Pad would allow. Also, the logo is supposed to be a somewhat streamlined on the helmet so that it fits properly. By streamlining the logo, it will take the shape of a shield, somewhat. (The old logo fans have suddenly stood up and applauded). This is obviously not an exact replica, but hopefully it gives you an idea.
DG2327: Welcome to the GPP. I have heard the same thing regarding the baseball roster. I'm not so sure all the guys leaving would have helped much. Let's see what the No. 15 recruiting class in the nation has in store for FIU baseball next season. FIU did lose Stosh Wawrzasek, who signed with the Milwaukee Brewers. SW was the top pitcher on the Canadian junior national team that played FIU last fall. Also, there is nothing new on the search for the new pitching coach.
FIU Fanatic: Former UCF defensive back Alphonso Bryant is enrolled at FIU, but has not been cleared yet to play football. That is expected to happen later this summer.
CJ: Sorry, I couldn't post the first part of the MC interview to give you something to read during your Nashville wedding. I've been covering the Marlins the last couple of days, but Part 1 of MC's interview will be on the GPP sometime this weekend.
Pantera Dorada: The new stadium will have a new turf installed soon. They have to go with turf, because of all the high school games and other events that will occur at the stadium. If they went with grass, by October FIU would be playing on a dirt field.
alt7787: The GPP talks other sports as well. If the Marlins are going to upgrade any part of their team before the July trading deadline, it will be the bullpen which is god awful. The Fish are counting on the returns of Josh Johnson and Anibal Sanchez to bolster the starting rotation. We're already starting to see moves being made in the 'pen with the demotion of Matt Lindstrom to the minors on Tuesday and with Doug Waechter being moved to a role later in the game. Still, they need to get a good closer and move Kevin Gregg to the 7th or 8th inning and get some better middle relievers. They won't catch the Phillies if they don't improve the bullpen.
Ultimate FIU Fan: Fresno State showed that NCAA baseball has the best playoff system in college sports. It gives every team equal chance to win a national title. Fresno State started the season 8-12, beat former No. 1 Arizona State in the Super Regionals, finished with 30 losses and still won the College World Series.
outofthecage88: I traded e-mails with a Jacksonville writer and he said QB Cedric McCloud is the real deal. He's athletic, has a strong arm and when he scrambles the kid breaks tackles like a running back. Nice pickup for FIU.
**Let's welcome our 28th state of readership to the GPP: Missouri. The handy-dandy Google Map Tracker -- no, I don't get royalties by mentioning Google on the GPP -- shows that St. Louis, Missouri has chimed in our latest poll question.
Let's break out the scorecard and pencil: The 28 states the GPP is read in: ALA, CA, COL, FLA, GA, IDAHO, IL, IND, IOWA, KAN, KY, LA, MASS, MD, MICH, MIN, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TEN, TEX, VA, VER, WIS.
Dartford, United Kingdom also participated in the last poll.....Cheerio!....Globally, the GPP is visited in these 8 Countries: Australia, Brazil, Hungary, Italy, Panama, Spain, United Kingdom, U.S.A. and also in 1 Territory: Puerto Rico.
Close call on the last poll question regarding your expectations for three of FIU's teams this coming season. At the latest count, 36.4% of you good people expect the most out of FIU hoops. FIU baseball and football are dead even at 31.8%.
Here's the new question and, yes, I know those are Denver Broncos in 3 of the photos. And yes, I know it's a slow time of year when we're asking about football fashion statements: