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Just When You Thought Practice Was Over....

Interesting end and teaching moment to Thursday's practice for the Golden Panthers.Teach_2

Now, what happened I'm sure has been done before by several college coaches across the nation, but if you have followed the history of FIU football, then you'll know why this ending to practice made an impression on the team.

Thursday's workout was for the most part a special teams scrimmage (more on that later in this post). At the end of practice, as usual, FIU did its grueling conditioning. Thursday it was 40-yard sprints.

Afterward the team was nice and tired and thought practice was over (Over? Did you say over?).

Jb_3 That's when MC yelled out "Overtime" and told his boys "This is how you are going to feel at the end of the 4th quarter of a tied game."

Good way to get a tired team ready for an overtime situation. MC then instructed the defense after the FIU offense scores: "If you get an interception or recover a fumble stay down, because that will be the ESPN highlight."

The D won the overtime session with "El Oso" Scott Bryant (below, right) and Tyler Clawson combining on a tackle behind the line of scrimmage. El Oso and Marshall McDuffie had pass deflections. Jonathan Jackson and James Jones had sacks to finish OT.

Again not groundbreaking stuff here, but never witnessed that game situation ever worked on before atSb  an FIU practice. That's one thing about this coaching staff. They work on every possible game situation during practice.

Before the ST scrimmage on Thursday, the focus was on the offense getting out of the end zone from its own 1-yard line. And they would have on one nice pass from Paul McCall to Blue25, but -- breaking news here -- Blue25 finally dropped a pass.

As far as the ST, FIU has some game-breaking speed this season in T.Y. Hilton, who took a punt back 70 yards for a TD. (Wasn't it written on here before that opponents would be seeing a lot of the back of T.Y.'s jersey?) Jason Frierson had a 51-yd punt return that would have gone for 6 if not for kicker Dustin Rivest's diving tackle. Julian Reams returned a kickoff 53 yards.

Ty_2 The kickers went 7 of 8 on FGs all from 27 yards out. Give you one guess, who blocked a FG on the only miss of the day? (Hint: Superman's father)

Thursday's offensive hi-lites: Daunte Owens with some 20+ yard runs -- Jorel one came courtesy of some good blocks from Greg Ellingson and the O-line.

Once again, an active D with Michael Dominguez, Ricky Booker, Jackson, Andre Pound and Kambriel Willis recording sacks. Little Canada was in the O backfield again causing trouble.

The lowlights from Thursday were the kickers inability to get kickoffs past the 10-yard line. All 3 struggled with long boots. MC said afterward there would be some more kicker tryouts in the next week.


Some hoops sked news in the middle of football camp. FIU will play at UCLA and Georgetown next season in its OOC sked. The UCLA game is the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend and play the Hoyas on Dec. 23. Don't worry Golden Dazzlers, the UCLA cheerleaders have got nothing on you ladies.

alt7787: Hey Pete is that your prom picture?Ucla

GPP: No. My prom didn't start until after 9 p.m. and I wore a black tux, not a white James Bond tux.

FIU Fan: Do you think we can get some audio/video interviews with some of the guys? For Sept 20, is the stadium going to have 1 or 2 scoreboards?

GPP: When the MH gives me a camera we'll get some video interviews on here. Considering we're at a salary freeze right now, don't know how soon that will be.

There will be 2 scoreboards for the new stadium opener. East and West. The west board is the old one that was on the east side of the old FIU Stadium. Been told the new video scoreboard will be installed the week before the game. The Golden Panthers were taping their individual player profiles for the video board the other day.

inspubadj: I hear another basketball coach has left Rouco's staff. What is going on?

GPP: Yes, Ken Huber left to Gardner-Webb, family thing is the word. FIU did hire Heath Glick from Florida State, who was FIU's director of basketball operations a few years ago.


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Good old Pete your usual negative self.


Should we be worried about these long run backs on Special Teams? how is our punt coverage?

Pete, thanks for the great info. Glad to hear freshmen are doing well.

Very strange about basketball assistant. I believe previous coach that left was for family reason. All i know is SR better win next year.


You get excited about the speedy returners but at the same time you worry about the coverage. Were there any times that the punt team made the spectacular plays?

T.Y. Hilton is going to be a beast. But the whole team better stay sharp. We can't afford to give up any yards. As far as kickers go, the tryouts better bring a great kicker in. Cuz im not sold on any yet.

Hey I know this is a little off topic but I'm torn if I should purchase NCAA 09 or Madden 09. If NCAA 09 had all the updated FIU stuff (new stadium, new logos, etc), it would be a no brainer, but that isn't the case.

Your suggestions gamers?

lol pete this may be dumb but im not getting the supermans father ref. (is it T.Y. Hilton ?) either way like the rest of you when i heard of the run backs i thought it was great but im a defensive minded person so immediately i though about the poor coverage.. hopefully its more of T.Y.'s skill than poor coverage.. but either way we have to be able to stop uys like T.Y.

Quijote, neither sit tight w/ the ncaa 08 till the 2010 edition comes out w/ the new stadium lol

well looks like you cannot get your equipment update on those new decals. "new FIU EQ man got Canned !!!! two weeks before first game !!!


That would be AP (Blue 25) on the block...

I posted earlier in the week, that kick-offs to me were a major concern ?? Can we borrow a kid from the soccer team for 1 year, maybe a freshman or sophomore with a strong leg that it low on the depth chart ? Then recruit a proven High School stud for 2009...

The kicking is going to kill us again. It is asking too much for any defense to take the field at the 40 yard line continously and stop drives. A mere 30 yds puts the offense in field goal position.

Please find a kicker that puts the ball into the end zone !!!! Otherwise all that new speed on kick-off coverage will go to waste.

Hey Pete...Great article today on Booker T's kids and their impact on the team...It seems as if many of our true freshmen are having more than a token impact so far...Incredible thing is, it is still very early in their collegiate careers and they are dominating at times? Good news indeed. Thank you for the info, and please, keep those articles coming....

Question..Is it true that A.J. Grant..one of last signing class most heralded recruit...while not enrolled at FIU right now, will actually enroll in January and join the team then? Or is he just not a part of FIU's future?

NCAA 09 is much better than Madden in my opinion. Sucks about the old logos and stadium, but either way, it's hard to play with FIU and not get stomped on.

Pete, do you know if the team will actually get to practice IN the stadium prior to Sept 20? Cant wait.

Planning to get there around 4pm to start tailgating.

What is everybody planning to do?

FIU you should come earlier im coming right after class at around 11:25 lol to set up and get great spot

Noon is pretty early! I dont think I can do 7hrs of tailgating!

I'll be there earlier I guess, I am coming with about 20 or 30 people from work.

Need to pick up one of those sweet tents from the bookstore.


“Once we step out on the field with Texas, the only ones who can help us is ourselves. Texas always has a very polished team that has great talent, but they aren’t tough, they aren’t a physically tough team.” - Howard Schnellenberger

Check this out: http://www.fiusports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=49159&SPID=4780&DB_OEM_ID=11700&ATCLID=1554927

According to the diagram, PANTHERS will be written on our end zones. Guess we're dropping GOLDEN after all =(

In the Football Diagram, did you guys notice where it says TG for TAILGATING are towards the front (north) side of the stadium.

Pete, doesn't seem like there's space there, are they going to open up the space under the bleachers??

i dont think we are cutting the word golden out of our name.. they prob want the name to be big.. what i would like to see if they do want to have panther alone is on the other endzone have the word golden

I dont know CJ, looks like the GOLDEN in Golden Panthers is no where to be found in our new stadium, or logo, or Jerseys.

Seems like we won't be "Golden" anymore. Personally, i don't like it.

Pete, did i read write at FIUSports, is practice open to public tomorrow? Thanks in advance.


Scrimmage tommorrow is open to the public. It begins at 8 a.m.

I took a look at the diagram.

Will the main facade of our new football catherderal, the face of the stadium be facing the Dade County Youth Fairgrounds? And the back of the stadium facing the campus? Shouldn't it be the other way around?

Perhaps i'm confused. Please help set the record straight.

Thanks Pete, i'll try to make it tomorrow.

Yes, gpantera, the south side will be the "face" of the stadium....but only until they build the Student Support Center to be attached to the north side (FIU Campus side), which will then become the main facade of the stadium...kind of like what FSU has in their stadium, from what I've read...

So happy the superfluous "GOLDEN" is being de-emphasized.
Any good team name doesn't need a qualifier, especially one that is so overused.

there are

Golden Bears ---
Concordia University (Saint Paul, Minnesota)
Kutztown University (Kutztown, Pennsylvania)
Miles College (Fairfield, Alabama)
University of California-Berkeley (Berkeley, California)
Western New England College (Springfield, Massachusetts)
West Virginia Institute of Technology (Montgomery, West Virginia)

Golden Bobcats ---
University of Califonia at Merced (Merced, California)

Golden Bulls ---
Johnson C. Smith University (Charlotte, North Carolina)

Golden Eagles ---
California State University-Los Angeles (Los Angeles, California)
Clarion University (Clarion, Pennsylvania)
Cornerstone University (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
John Brown University (Siloam Springs, Arkansas)
La Sierra University (Riverside, California)
Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (former nickname: Warriors)
Northeastern Illinois University (Chicago, Illinois)
Oral Roberts University (Tulsa, Oklahoma) (former nickname: Titans)
Spalding University (Louisville, Kentucky) (former nickname: Pelicans)
State University of New York-College at Brockport (Brockport, New York)
St. Joseph's College-Suffolk Campus (Patchogue, New York)
Tennessee Technological University (Cookeville, Tennessee)
University of Charleston (Charleston, West Virginia)
University of Minnesota-Crookston (Minnesota)
University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, Mississippi)

Golden Falcons ---
Felician College (Lodi, New Jersey)

Golden Flashes ---
Kent State University (Kent, Ohio)

Golden Flyers ---
Nazareth College of Rochester (Rochester, New York)

Golden Gophers ---
University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Golden Griffins ---
Canisius College (Buffalo, New York)

Golden Grizzlies ---
Oakland University (Rochester, Michigan)

Golden Gusties ---
Gustavus Adolphus University (St. Peter, Minnesota)

Golden Hurricane ---
University of Tulsa (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

Golden Knights ---
Clarkson University (Potsdam, New York)
College of Saint Rose (Albany, New York)
Gannon University(Erie, Pennsylvania)

Golden Lions ---
Dowling College (Oakdale, New York)
University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Pine Bluff, Arkansas)

Gold Nuggets ---
Xavier University of Louisiana (New Orleans, Louisiana) (women's team)

Golden Panthers ---
Florida International University (Miami, Florida) (former nickname: Sunblazers)

Golden Rams ---
Albany State University (Albany, Georgia)
West Chester University (West Chester, Pennsylvania)

Golden Seals ---
Sheldon Jackson College (Sitka, Alaska)

Golden Suns ---
Arkansas Tech University (Russellville, Arkansas) (women's team)

Golden Tigers ---
Brenau University (Gainesville, Georgia)
Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, Alabama)

Golden Tornadoes ---
Geneva College (Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania)

Gold Rush ---
Xavier University of Louisiana (New Orleans, Louisiana)

At least if it had been original like "peaved panthers" ;-)

I see its not on the drawings of our stadium.

Its sooooo division III

Even if isnt dropped officially yet, we can at least ignore it. Panthers in no one of kind either but at least its aq tangible creature.

The OC Panther,

There is one Golden Panther in your list (FIU). There are 33 Panthers. We can choose to stand out, or join the crowd:

Panthers ---
Adelphi University (Garden City, New York)
Albany College of Pharmacy (Albany, New York)
Birmingham-Southern College (Birmingham, Alabama)
Chapman University (Orange, California)
Claflin College (Orangeburg, South Carolina)
Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, Georgia)
Davenport University
Drury College (Springfield, Missouri)
Eastern Illinois University (Charleston, Illinois)
Ferrum College (Ferrum, Virginia)
Florida Institute of Technology (Melbourne, Florida)
Georgia State University (Atlanta, Georgia)
Greenville College (Greenvile, Illinois)
Hanover College (Hanover, Indiana)
High Point University (High Point, North Carolina)
Kentucky Wesleyan College (Owensboro, Kentucky)
LaGrange College (LaGrange, Georgia)
Middlebury College (Middlebury, Vermont)
Ohio Dominican College (Columbus, Ohio)
Ohio University-Eastern Campus (St. Clairsville, Ohio)
Philander Smith College (Little Rock, Arkansas)
Plymouth State University (Plymouth, New Hampshire)
Prairie View A&M University (Prairie View, Texas)
Principia College (Elsah, Illinois)
Purdue University-North Central (Westville, Indiana) (former nickname: Centaurs)
State University of New York-College at Old Westbury (Old Westbury, New York)
State University of New York-Purchase (Purchase, New York)
University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, Iowa)
University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
University of Pittsburgh-Bradford (Bradford, Pennsylvania)
University of Pittsburgh-Titusville (Titusville, Pennsylvania)
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Virginia Union University (Richmond, Virginia)

Completely agree with you SouthPaw, just one "Golden" Panther.

Went to practice today and it was all defense. I don't think offense scored even once(not even a field goal). Gaitor played great and those BTW boys stood out again today. Kambriel Willis is explosive, Jonathan Jackson had 3 sacks, and Franklin Brown had two interceptions today. Just hope offense gets ready for season quick.

CJ, Esteban,and Pete. It was nice meeting you guys.


Thanks for the report of the scrimmage FIUJM...and keep 'em coming friends...Now, I have a question...is it that the defense is so good and improving so quick, especially with its new players.....or is it that the offense is still, even with new system/coach and new players, pretty bad like last season (first half of the season in particular)? Should the offense side of the team worry us? These are some questions to ponder this early on.

Here's hoping that the O-Line, along with our offensive skill players keep improving and step up prior to the start of the season...

Go FIU!!!

IMO, I think our defense is flat out FAST. There's lot of speed on defensive side of the football. Offensive players still might be learning offensive system, but they just got killed today. No excuses!!! Would like to see what Pete writes. If we were to have played a regular season game today and our offense performed like it did, it would have been a blowout. Hope they get their act together.


yeah i would have to agree... only on the first drive w/McCall at QB did we even get into FG range (which we missed... about a 47yarder) the rest of the drives with the exeption of one made it past mid field.

I heard MC scream "Its becoming real clear who will and won't be on that bus [on gameday]!!! We gotta have some freiking pride!!!!"

Most of the big problems on the offensive side came with the 2nd - 4th teams... Younger was swamped on 3rd team reps... Hughes got sacked left and right. Dannehower did a little better but was a victim of bad snaps from the backup center.

Guys correct me if I am wrong, but after reading all the blog entries, it seems that PM is separating from the rest as the leader of the offense. is that correct?
I am glad to hear that our defense speed is back, I am sure that will be one of our strengths as it was in the past.
I got my tickets, both season and airfare for Sept 20. I think the GPP readers should have a tail gate tent, let me know guys, I would like to tailgate with some of you.

I really wish I could make it out to a practice before the season. Can someone enlighten me on how many of our fans are showing up at these practices? Is there a significant amount of high school students in attendance? Word of mouth is very powerful for marketing purposes...

i'm partial to G-Panthers...hasn't caught fire but i'm sticking with it.

Our defense is improved from last year, so I think that's making the offense look like they haven't improved much. Remember, we've got Weatherspoon, McDuffie and Murrell, all major contributors who missed all of last year, back this year. We also have some outstanding freshmen who look like they'll be able to make an immediate impact. Plus our young guys have another year under their belts and an offseason in the weight room.

I think our defense has the potential to be as good as our defense was in 2006 when we were a top 25 defense (with Barnes, Bouie, Bostic, Smith, etc.). If you remember their senior year, they dominiated games. If it weren't for a horrible offensive line and kicking game that year, we would have won the Sun Belt easily and beaten South Florida and Maryland on the road.

It sounds like there is a big drop off from the first team offense, and that probably has to do our offensive line depth. We have alot of talented receivers and capable backs on the second and third teams, but as the last 2 years have painfully shown, if the offensive line can't move the line, you're going to get beat and beat and beat. We have to get deeper on the line. If Mack and Matavao can step in and contribute at the D-1 level, that will help. Losing Shannon hurt, no doubt. Javon Hill needs to step up his game--he was our top recruit a few years ago and has shown very little so far. It sounds like Caraballo is capable, and I'd like to know how Cawthon is developing.

The two biggest weakness I see in our team are depth at offensive line and the kicking game. I can't wait until I can stop saying that.

Baltimorepanther something like that is already in planning. I doubt that we could use The Herald's name... or anything along those lines to promote our tailgate (if thats what you mean). But some the bloggers from www.fiugoldenpanthers.com/forum are planning to make a tailgate representing the forum (myself included).... most of which are faithful readers here. If we plan everything well it should be great!

McCall i would say has pulled away from the rest when it comes to team leadership. I think Colt Anderson is looking like our future QB for now.... he got the most reps today.

Gold.....Today there was a good crowd especially for a last minute annoucement of open practice... i would say by the end there where about 40 people including highschool guys and one that looked like an FIU Football alumni... in my opinion it was a good showing.

Thanks esteban...

Very good analysis, South Paw...I agree with your thoughts.....Thanks to all for sharing....

EL MONSTROU is truly a monstrou. i just turned on Sportscenter and I see that Barnes messed up Tarvaris Jackson's leg. Last year he almost knocked off a punter's head during the preseason and this year he almost took off someones leg. this is too funny.

FIUJM it was good meeting you. guys i really got to believe that the Offense isnt as bad as we saw yesterday. the defense is majorly improved with that team speed. the offense does have to step it up but there have been other times during camp that the offense has steppd it up.. they just wernt there today. and the coaches made sure they knew they wern't there.

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