It's official, tight end Moses Hinton was granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA on Tuesday and will be back on the field for the Golden Panthers against South Florida on Sept. 20. The tradeoff with getting an extra year is that Moses has to "part" (sorry, couldn't resist) with the first 2 games of this season. So he will have to sit out the Iowa game this Saturday.
After Tuesday's practice, MC said DE Kambriel Willis and OL Cedric Mack should be back this Saturday for the Golden Panthers, who will need both players against the big, beefy Hawkeyes, who might be the best test all season for the FIU O and D lines. Freshman LB Aaron Davis also is expected to make his Golden Panther debut on Saturday. We'll have more on the first meeting between FIU and Iowa later this week.
Mark your calendars for your first chance to see the new FIU Stadium next Thursday, Sept. 11 with an open team scrimmage at 7 p.m. Stadium tours begin at 5:30 p.m. and parking and admission is free. Here is the link with all the information on the fiusports.com website: Stadium Open House
Also, got an e-mail from FIU's athletic department and there will be a watch party for the FIU/Iowa game. I'll have details on when and where on here tommorrow.
So far, according to our last poll, more than 80% of you agree that FIU has improved after the first game of the 2008 season. That is the largest amount of people to agree in a GPP poll question of the 32 polls we have created since getting this little poll gadget on the GPP.
FIU0406: On the herald link for FIU: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/colleges/FIU/ it also shows our old logo. Pete, could you look into this?
GPP: The new FIU logo has been put up on the Miami Herald's FIU home page.
FIUfantastic: Please fix the Photo Gallery from the Kansas game...it shows a picture of Paul McCall and says: Florida International quarterback Troy Dannehower throws the ball.
FIUJM: What was the deal with Marquis Rolle? Seemed like he and PM were not on the same page. Is FIU store selling new jerseys yet?
GPP: Asked MC about that today after practice and after watching the game film, MC says on one pass MR ran the wrong route and on the other PM threw to the wrong spot. In Tuesday's practice during 7-on-7's, the two players looked in sync so hopefully that translates to Saturday. The FIU on-line store is expected to be up and running with new jerseys by the end of October was what I was told last time I asked about that.
FIU Fanatic: Pete, not that it is so important, but I predicted the Kansas game at: KU 44 FIU 10 .....and for some reason, you left me out of your "predictors".
GPP: Of course, it's important. Sorry about missing your score. The Win A GPP Blog leaderboard has been updated on the previous blog with your FIU/KU score.
alt7787: One of my sources within the athletics department has informed me that there is a possibility that FIU will put some tickets on sale for our season home opener due to an oversupply.
GPP: I'll look into it.
Ultimate FIU Fan: 1) What time is the game? 2) Big Ten network is showing the game, is their any viewing party?
GPP: Game time against Iowa is 12 noon. Will have details on the FIU/Iowa watch party on the GPP tommorrow (Wednesday).
Quijote: What I do like is that these opponents like Iowa and Temple may be similar to the SunBelt's best.
GPP: FIU plays Iowa and Toledo, not Temple this year. And yes, all these OOC games are a great way for FIU to prepare for SBC play.
SouthPaw: What's going on with the offensive line?
GPP: Mack is back this Saturday. Leavine is likely out this week with a foot injury. Caraballo (foot) is expected back for the USF game.
Many of you had concerns about missing players in the Kansas game. Tell us who FIU missed the most against Kansas and needs the most against Iowa....