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West Scoreboard Going Up; Galindo Goes Down

West There was a crane sitting outside the west side of FIU Stadium on Tuesday afternoon ready to install the new scoreboard on the west side of the stadium. But heavy rains that began after FIU's practice postponed the installation until later this week.

The new board should be ready to go for the Golden Panthers next home game on Oct. 11 vs. Middle Tennessee.

FIU hoops was hit with some significant injuries Tuesday when leading scorer Alex Galindo (below, right) dislocated his ankle during individual workouts and will be lost for 8 to 10 weeks minimum. Coach Sergio Rouco said he would know a more exact timetable on how long Galindo would be out in about 1 month.

Backup center Badara N'diaye has a knee injury that could cost him a minimum of 4 weeks to possibly 6 Ag months. He will have his knee scoped later this week.

Add these injuries to incoming forward J.C. Otero's knee injury and it's been a rough preseason for the Golden Panthers. Otero has started light jogging.

SR is hopeful to have both AG and JCO back when Sun Belt play begins. Bada might be out for the season.

SR said right now a projected starting 5 could be: C-Russell Hicks, F-Nikola Gacesa and then 3 guards: Josue Soto, Tremayne Russell and newcomer Michael Dominguez (not the linebacker).

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Max: Pete, any news on a watch party for Saturday's game?

GPP: Sent an e-mail to FIU to find out for you. Will post on here when I have more info.

mra: Pete, think our running game is where it should be?

GPP: Not yet, but that could be attributed in part to playing bigger defenses in Kansas, Iowa and South Jr Florida. Julian Reams (right) and A'mod Ned combined for 126 yards and 4 TDs against a more evenly-matched opponent in Toledo. To measure any part of the Golden Panthers you have to see how they do against Sun Belt teams, because that's the level FIU is at right now. Next year could be a true test for the running game, because JR and AN are seniors this year. There will be 2 new feature backs next season.

Quijote: Pete, I'd love to hear more about TY and how Mario found this guy. You normally find a player of his calliber on top 25 teams...so yeah curious to know how we found him and what his back is all about. What is "scoring" defense exactly, I mean isn't the point of a defense to avoid scores?

GPP: T.Y. Hilton (below, left) was being recruited by UF, West Virginia and FIU. UF thought he was too small so they gave up on him. It came down to WVU and FIU on signing day. One thing that we have seen with MC and his coaches recruiting tactics is that they go after the top tier guys. Many times they may not get those guys, in part, because FIU is not a Top 25 team, but at least MC and co. are not afraid to recruit the best. However, every so often you can get some of those type of players to FIU. It's like asking the pretty girl to the dance: if Ty you don't ask, you don't have a chance.

A little insight on T.Y. during his high school days. For several seasons, he was being recruited to go play at Northwestern High, but he always said no so that he could stay at Miami Springs High, because he wanted to make his mark at MS.

The scoring defense stat is the amount of points per game a team gives up. FIU's scoring D is No. 89 in the nation allowing 28.8 points per game.

outofthecage88: Pete, when was the last time we were favored? Have we ever been?

GPP: Thought it would have been last season against North Texas in the OB, but it wasn't. FIU had lost 23 straight going into the NT game last season. Since joining Division I in 2005, FIU has never been favored until this week.

Puma: It looks like the soccer team is sucking wind this year. what's the deal?

GPP: It's the second year under coach Munga Eketebi give it time. After having a poor regular season last year, the team made a run to the Conference USA title game.

FIUJM: Pete, did you move up on blog ranking last week?

GPP: Report has not come out yet.

SouthPaw: OK, I'll ask the weekly question: is Cedric Mack going to play on Saturday? Cm

GPP: No sight of him at practice, so no. Looking more and more like a redshirt season for CM.

FIU Fanatic: Pete...question for you...I don't see Alphonso Bryant's name anymore in the roster page in FIU's website. Is he still part of the team, but not available for this season?..or is he not part of the team anymore?

GPP: AB is no longer on the team. He has several non-FIU issues to take care of and left the school.

blkpanther: Hey Pete, If you gonna be in Texas, can we have a live blog?

GPP: Normally don't like to live blog since I'm the only one covering the game, but you know what, let's give the live blog a shot against NT. If it's a rough go of it, then we'll scratch it for the Middle Tennessee game.

Gold: Pete, any news on expanding the band?

GPP: Have not heard anything.

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Oh...I can't believe the rush of bad luck for the men's hoops team and Rouco....Galindo, from what I had heard, had worked hard during the summer and coming in in great shape for this coming season...Unbelievable...Oh well...let's hope he returns healthy and as quickly as possible as well as Otero and N'dyie...My goodness.....

Middle Tennessee just beat FAU!!!! Last second, hail mary end zone catch, 14-13!

Guess FAU was over hyped this year.... who will win the Sun Belt?

Sun Belt is open for many teams. Seems like this year things are not going FAU's way, but they still can bounce back. Next weeks game against Troy will be huge for them.

Sergio Rouco is already under pressure and Galindo being out will not make it easy for him. Hope he can rally the team together and play good team basketball.

Pete, is the scoreboard on west end zone going to look like the same one that is currently up? That would be amazing.

BTW, glad you're making the trip to North Texas. Enjoy!!!

GO FIU!

pete, how about some props if "T.Y. Good-bye" is elected the fan favorite?

Pete is the scoreboard on the west side the old one we had with some new signage or did they go ahead and get a new one all together? I thought I read here that it was gonna be the old... but can't remember.

wasn't ty the guy who also wanted to play hoops?

Posted by: fiuchris:
"I'm happy to see so much confidence going into this week and hey, we might have a better record than fau after Saturday!"

What do you mean a better record than FAU?
Record in what?

Sucks about AB. I thought he was going to be a stud. Oh well, if he is going to bring bad chemistry to the team than best of luck to him with what ever he does.

We aready have a better record than FAU. They looked less than impressive last night. Shnelly loves to overhype, talking about national championships, give me a break, and FIU fans are supposedly delusional.

FAUOwl,

I think he means a better Win/Loss record considering that FAU is 1 and 4 and FIU has the potential (after saturday) to be 2 and 3. And I am not very good at math but I think that would mean that FIU has a better record.

FAUowl, it is pretty clear he meant that if FIU wins this weekend, they'll be 2-3 on the season. Since FAU lost, they are 1-4 right? So in football, through five weeks, FIU would have the better record. Makes sense to me.

FAUowl, if we win on Saturday, (big, big IF), we will have a better win/loss record. And we also have a better record for building on-campus football stadiums (1-0) than FAU (0-1).

Hey Pete

Is there a decapitated chicken buried under center court in "Pharmed Arena"?

Please check because Sergio and all FIU B-ball has some serious "brujeria" put on it.

I dont think the AD is gonna let another losing season slide even with this bad mojo.

Thanks for the explanation!
FAU will be back on ESPN prime time next tuesday against TROY at 7:00PM.
good luck against NT!

Pete, I heard that TY will be in SR's team. Is that true? I know some of SR's players and students using the Arena main floor have completed about the horrible condition of that floor. If true, will PG get it fixed by this season?

TY's nickname should be "Madden" because he plays like an unreal player on any Madden software plus in a couple of years they have to add him on Madden after he's drafted by the NFL.

My prediction for Sat's game is:

FIU - 30
NT - 24

GO FIU!!!

FAUowl.. dude you guys had them beat for about 50 mins... just guys just took the foot off the gas. congrats on being on ESPN 2 and good luck against troy... cant say i will be rooting real hard for either team.. but ill prob watch

btw i think that TY Goodbye has the best ring to it if said correctly..

North Texas 24
FIU 17

Allright, this is scary (actually predicting an FIU win) but we have to take care of busines....FIU 34 - UNT 20

FIUJM: Pete, is the scoreboard on west end zone going to look like the same one that is currently up?

No, the west scoreboard will not have video, but it is a new one.

TheChampionUnderdog: pete, how about some props if "T.Y. Good-bye" is elected the fan favorite?

No problem, we'll get your name on a GPP blog.

pikedanny: Pete is the scoreboard on the west side the old one we had with some new signage or did they go ahead and get a new one all together? I thought I read here that it was gonna be the old... but can't remember.

Originally, the west scoreboard was going to be the one that was on the east side in the old stadium, but rats got into it and ate all the wiring. So FIU went out and got a new one.

Nice!! Any word on what it will have? Is it going to have the same type of screen it had before where they can have little animations? Like the one on the 16th street entrance. Or just Down, To Go, TOL, Score, etc?

fiuchris: wasn't ty the guy who also wanted to play hoops?

Yes he is, but if he does play it won't be until after football season is over.

The OC Panther: Hey Pete

Is there a decapitated chicken buried under center court in "Pharmed Arena"?

Please check because Sergio and all FIU B-ball has some serious "brujeria" put on it.
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Not sure about the chicken under the court. But it sure is a tough start to the hoops season.

Ultimate FIU Fan: Pete, I heard that TY will be in SR's team. Is that true? I know some of SR's players and students using the Arena main floor have completed about the horrible condition of that floor. If true, will PG get it fixed by this season?
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It still is not 100 percent sure if T.Y. is going to play hoops for FIU. Yes, the arena floor is not the best. But from what I heard the money is not available to install a new floor.

pikedanny: Nice!! Any word on what it will have? Is it going to have the same type of screen it had before where they can have little animations? Like the one on the 16th street entrance. Or just Down, To Go, TOL, Score, etc?
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From what I heard, the west scoreboard will just be numbers and stats. No video or animation. When I go to practice later today I'll try to find out more.

Max: Pete, any news on a watch party for Saturday's game?
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FIU is working on having a watch party at the Stadium Club on Saturday. Details have yet to be worked out, but when they are, I'll post them here.

The North Texas game was one of two I thought were winnable this season. My prediction: FIU 28, UNT 7

Just drove by the stadium and I saw the West Scoreboard. It's pretty basic - just as Pete described. It's no big deal but it's good for the students who no longer have to turn their heads to see what down it is.

Wish I could be in Miami for all these watch parties!! As for the prediction:

FIU 35 UNT 27

A watch party in the Stadium Club? Thats a good idea... an even cooler idea would be to put the game up on our giant screen in the stadium and have everybody go.

PikeDanny: I just passed by the stadium on my way to class. The scoreboard is just numbers and no animations.

Haha! I beat Pete to it. :P

Ah, nevermind. Pikedanny, you beat me. lol

By the way, I love the idea of having a watch party at the stadium.

Wow... that really sucks about Galindo. FIU needs that boy to have a big year. Bada's a big loss, too... they need big bodies down low. I doubt Soto (or Hilton) can make up for all that, even if he's as good as advertised. Rouco's gotta be popping Tums in his mouth like candy.

As for this nickname thing... eh, I don't really care. All I care about is what he does on Saturdays. :)

Anyway... to touch on some points in the last post... I agree with ya on almost everything, Fanatic. I don't want it to sound like beating NT won't bring some people out. I'm sure it will. A win streak is a win streak. I just can't see a lot more people coming out.

I defintely super-duper agree on the attendance numbers. I swear, I think politicians tell the truth more often than people who mark down the attendance at a college football game. Especially at the level FIU's at. No one cares if you sell 15,000 tickets when there's only half that in the stands. Having 15,000 in the stands in itself would be a massive victory.

USF only brought 4,000? Wow. Seemed like much more on the TV. I guess that's what crowding them into one place does.

And FAUOwl... I did see the MT-FAU game. Hell of an awful ending for you guys. It wasn't your best game, but FAU still looked like the better team to me. MT got a little lucky, but that's how it can go in the Belt. In this conference, luck plays a bigger factor than most into who wins it at the end. That's what you get since talent is pretty much the same for most of the SBC schools.

Also... don't confuse ESPN appearances with actual interest. I'm not trying to dismiss you guys being on ESPN nationally... just remember that it was a Tuesday night game. ESPN gets better ratings showing almost anything that's a live game, no matter who's playing. And the Belt wants FAU there because of Schnelly and because they're one of the best SBC teams, not because of actual interest in FAU. No Belt team, including FIU, is enough of a ratings draw to matter. Maybe eventually, but not right now.

And, unlike most FIU fans, I think on-stadium campuses are a bit over-rated. Sure, it matters for students... and I'd rather have one on-campus than not... but alums make up a huge part of the attendance most of the time. They don't live on campus. Nor do the casual fans, usually. Saying you need to have an on-campus stadium to attract people is a stretch. UM's done fine without one for years. So have lots of other schools.

I agreed with you Clawing Cancer right up until the on-campus stadium comment. On-campus stadiums are probably more important to alumni than to students, at least at traditional schools, it will take us a while to get there. The reason why is because an on-campus stadium gives a reason for alums to come back to school, see the school and the progress, relive old memories, make new memories on campus and then DONATE! It's a win-win scenario for both the school and the alum. Plus, this is COLLEGE football, it's very sad to play college game in a pro stadium, no sense of own. UM had something in the Orange Bowl, it was kind of their own, no longer. So in my opinion and the opinion of many (just ask Seminole or Gator fans), an on campus stadium makes a world of difference.

Pete, another follow up question on the stadium. What are the plans for building press boxes? It was a little embarrassing to see the ESPN announcers outside of a suite, without cover, during the USF game. Seems like this is one area that has to be taken care of very soon.

SouthPaw: Pete, another follow up question on the stadium. What are the plans for building press boxes? It was a little embarrassing to see the ESPN announcers outside of a suite, without cover, during the USF game.
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The press box is slated to go on the north side of the stadium so it probably won't be up until 2010 or 2011. The ESPN announcers had cover if they wanted to broadcast inside the club suite they were given. They chose to broadcast outside the club suite.

Clawing Cancer:
I totally agree with you. You seem a very reasonable individual. I know ESPN has no interest on FAU, but I just see it as a chance for exposure. FAU is a young school with only 47 years and many people don't know where FAU is. The conference and Bowl Title gave us exposure enough to attract some interest in the school, but we are still unknown nationally. The SBC will get better and our schools too. It is just a matter of having patience.
I hope you can do well on saturday. NT is not doing very well lately, so FIU has a chance.

Pete, if they do the watch party in the stadium club, PLEASE make sure they plan ahead and have comcast for the game. A couple of years back, the game was supposed to be on ESPN Gameplan but because Comcast picked it up, it was blacked out on DirecTV. Needless to say that the watch party the athletic department planned was a bust because the bar only had DirecTV. Really embarrassing and I would hate for it to happen again.

FIU 31
North Texas 24

A round of applause for Fomenter everyone please. This is yet another milestone. The first ever FIU hater to proclaim a victory for the boys in blue and gold. Damn this is now officially a trap game.

I think our boys will still be in la-la land from our victory at Toledo. If the coaching staff can't bring them back to reality and not underestimate N.Texas, we will lose. We were so successful against Toledo because they fumbles were downright excessive and we somehow figured out how to score on those fumble recoveries. But fumbles just are consistent facet of our game. We have yet to score under normal circumstances...that is driving or passing down the field from a punt or kickoff.

With that said, I predict a loss. Obviously I hope I'm wrong and we can welcome the boys back in the AM cheering them on for a job well done.

North Texas 24
FIU 21

Pete please delete my previous post, made no sense I'm falling asleep here.

I think our boys will still be in la-la land from our victory at Toledo. If the coaching staff can't bring them back to reality and underestimate N.Texas, we will lose. We were so successful against Toledo because their fumbles were downright excessive and we somehow figured out how to score on those fumble recoveries. But fumbles just aren't a consistent facet of our game. We have yet to score under normal circumstances...that is driving or passing down the field from a punt or kickoff.

With that said, I predict a loss. Obviously I hope I'm wrong and we can welcome the boys back in the AM cheering them on for a job well done.

North Texas 24
FIU 21

Prediction

NT 17

FIU 10

FIU 28, N. Texas 7

Quijote, i agree that if FIU looks ahead or takes this game lightly they will be inviting the Upset to happen(yes upset being FIU is actually favored to win) but lets be real the coaches know that they have only won 2 games in the last like 20+ games.. it really shouldnt be TOO hard to get them focused... but what they need to do is get off to a faster start... i think they dont get off to a fast start but come back strong.. those fumbles were also a cause of the FIU D and SP. Team. so i will say.. FIU over NT 24-17

CJ I hope you're right!!!

so do i or ill be outta the running lol

FIU - 35
UNT - 10

I bumped into McCall yesterday. He is a very approchable, articulate man and will represent FIU well no matter where his career takes him.

I congratulated him (and the team) on the win. He immediately responded, "it's all about conference play. We have to win this week and keep it going in conference for the W's to matter." I was impressed. He did concede winning was nice but his focus is on beating UNT. That's very encouraging coming from the team's field general.

If my brief interaction with McCall is any indication of the team mentality, overconfidence nor lack of focus should be a problem. This guy understands the importance of conference play.

Beat UNT and Go G-Panthers!

The bettors in Vegas are predicting a track-meet for this game with the O/U at 59 1/2, which is basically 30 points apiece as the mid-point.

Our Big win in the Orange Bowl last year came down to our ability to get pressure on the QB. I think UNT came into that game as one of the higher ranked offenses in the country. We must have sacked their QB 4 times and knocked him down twice that. I'm glad to see the $$$ looking for a bunch of scoring because if we score a lot we have a great chance to win because our defense won't allow a lot of yardage.

If we can get to him again it will lead to big plays from our ball-hawking secondary. This helped us win the field position battle last year allowing short drives for scores from the offense.

I'm sure MC and the coaching crew have been reviewing the UNT film and game plans; if we can force them to do things they aren't comfortable with we can win that field position game again. We have a lot on the line this weekend, I don't think we're going to come out flat. They may get beat but I think their going to throw a good team effort against them.

Let's get it done and bring that two game winning streak home.

Go Panthers !!!

I know it is not baseball time with all the excitement about football, but the baseball team is going to be pretty good this year. I have been to a few practices and it is a whole new team, plus the Sunbelt is going to be down this year. I know you will get to it when you can, just wanted to know your thoughts about the new guys (only 7-8 returning players)

hey what was the deal w/ tickets i know i saw somewhere for FIU alum they could call some place and get like 2 free tickets or soemthing.. did anyone else see that and could post it up?

NT - 37

FIU - 24

How to get your free tickets:

* Lifetime members of the Alumni Association may request up to 6 complimentary tickets. (RSVP Required)
* Annual members of the Alumni Association may request up to 4 complimentary tickets. (RSVP Required)
* FIU graduates who are not members of the Alumni Association may request 2 complimentary tickets. (RSVP required)
* To reserve your complimentary tickets you must RSVP by phone 305-348-3334 or email alumni@fiu.edu (office hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., email must be received by Oct 10, noon). Please leave full name of person, email address, member ID# (if applicable), and number of tickets needed.
* All tickets must be picked up at the Panther Pit Tailgate starting at 5 p.m. on the north side of the stadium and ending at 6:30 p.m. No tickets will be mailed.

WE.ARE.THE PRIDE.

thank you FIU-FP&L

I was invited to the um/fsu game and I'm probably going to go, but guess what guys....my heart will be in Denton, Tx. Hahahah, that comment still cracks me up.

Wow... Fomenter and CrazyCane both predict FIU wins? Must be Opposite Day. :)

Seriously... any chance at a conference title will rest on us beating who we should beat and stealing some other games. NT is in the "who we should beat" category. Hell, they might BE the category.

Like Quijote and some others, I'm worried about overconfidence... but this isn't Don Strock's team anymore. And beating these guys last year has to help on Saturday. Nice to hear McCall's comments from gpantera, too. That's the attitude FIU needs.

I know last year's game was high-scoring, but I have a hard time imagining us winning a shoot-out. We have to hold people to under 20 or else we'll be in trouble. NT has a good O... they should get at least 14. FIU's O better show up this week. You can't rely on the other team giving up the ball to win.

I'll say 24-17, FIU.

As for what you said earlier, FIUer... I disagree.

Sure, it's nice for an alum to come back to the campus and re-live old memories, but there's only so much re-living you can do. That's not the main point of an on-campus stadium. It's more for the current students and giving them the memories they'll think of when they donate dollars as an alum. Not to mention atmosphere and tradition and all that you mentioned.

With that said... UM built up all that at the Orange Bowl. A stadium which, by the way, wasn't on-campus and one that hosted many Super Bowls, not to mention the Miami Dolphins. Southern Cal does likewise at the LA Coliseum, where the LA Rams and Raiders also played. Tulane shares the NO Superdome with the Saints. USF and the Bucs share Raymond James. There's others.

On-campus is probably the best way to go, but there's plenty of ways to skin a cat. There's nothing "sad" about college teams playing in a pro stadium. If the atmosphere is good, the team is winning and people are having fun, that's what matters. Where it's located isn't as big a factor as you might think, once people get used to wherever that stadium is. As much as losing the OB was a problem for UM, I think it's nothing a national championship couldn't solve.

Baseball fan: the baseball team is going to be pretty good this year. I have been to a few practices and it is a whole new team, plus the Sunbelt is going to be down this year. I know you will get to it when you can, just wanted to know your thoughts about the new guys (only 7-8 returning players)
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To be honest Baseball fan, I have not been out to any baseball fall practices, but I will be checking them out next week before the FIU Alumni Baseball game. If there are just 7 or 8 returning players so be it. TT has a track record for being a good judge of talent and you add Rod Delmonico to TT's recruiting/coaching staff and that's like getting lobster with your filet mignon.

hey pete when does your flight leave for denton.. make sure to come back w/ a win as a gift the the GPP

Heres my prediction:
FIU 24 North Texas 13

CJ: hey pete when does your flight leave for denton?
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At 6 a.m. Friday morning. I'll be sure to tell the Golden Panthers to gift wrap your present.

Well Clawing Cancer, we're just gonna have to agree to disagree. I think nothing could be sadder for UM fans than leaving the Orange Bowl and moving to Dolphins Stadium, why, because the OB was the closest thing to an on-campus stadium that they could get, it was their's, sort of. Pro stadiums are never that of college teams, they are just renting them, it's apparent with the limited logos, other team logos and colors elsewhere, baseball infield even. And yes, of course, fun can be had at pro stadiums but that's not my point, my point is it's not the same, it's not a sense of own. I can rent a beautiful house and throw great parties at that house but it's not my house at the end of the day, it's someone else's house who can throw me out once my deal is up. It's different. I think you'll see what I'm saying soon enough.

Check again Clawing...I don't think Crazy predicted a Win. Hope he's wrong.

UM should be able to man-handle FSU, I'am thinking UM 27, FSU 14. But then again, I thought UM would blow out NC...was wrong there =(

Clawing Cancer, you might find this interesting: I was with two friends at the Sept. 20 in FIU Stadium and we spent the better part of the game chuckling at two guys a couple of rows in front of us. They were so into the game and were so demonstrative and enthusiastic that they were every bit as entertaining as our boys on the field.

So...my friend strikes up a conversation with one of the men at half-time and you know what he tells her? That this is the first time he's set foot on the FIU campus SINCE HE GRADUATED 30 YEARS AGO. He said he couldn't believe how the campus had changed and was just raving about everything, basically. For a school such as FIU that's still trying to build football tradition, an on-campus stadium is huge. I suspect it will pay off handsomely in the years ahead.

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