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FIU/Troy LIVE Blog

Fiutroy_2 TROY, ALABAMA -- Your Golden Panthers go for a program record 4th straight win tonight against Troy.

It won't be easy since the Trojans have won 2 of the last 3 Sun Belt titles and have the look of a team ready for title No. 3.

Nice evening here in Troy. Temps in the low 60's with clear skies. FIU is wearing its white tops and white pants. The smell of Alabama BarBQ is in the air and seeping into the Movie Gallery Stadium press box.

Got FIU student radio play-by-play man Andrew Julian sitting next to me in the press box and a wacky reason why AJ is in the press box. In place of the FIU/Troy game tonight, the FIU student radio station is broadcasting a 3-hour hip-hop show.

Are you kidding me?....FIU has won 3 in a row and going for a program record 4 straight and a share of the Sun Belt Conference lead and WRGP 88.1 is giving fans down in Miami -- Ludacris for 3 hours? What a joke....That's ludicrous !!

Let's get to the kickoff....


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Hey, I was (and I suppose kind of still am) one of those WY cheerleaders!

I don't necessarily love the name The Beacon, but I don't see anything related to "Panthers" being any better. I think it's a reference to the old airport tower.

Ultimate FIU Fan - no problem. If you were a college football fan, you would know that there is a QB at Ohio State named Terrell Pryor who is having an unbelievable Freshamn year - I would say he is a lil better than TY. Hell, not be a homer, but I am more excited about Travis Benjamin than TY.


Who's this Owens dude? He is certainly giving Reams a run for his money. Obviously we need to give our tortured seniors the ball, but we also need playmakers and I think TY and Owens made a nice running set.

A lil break from football. Yeah, TT is such a great recruiter. Hahahaha.

Collegiate Baseball's 2008 Recruiting Results (As of Sept. 23, 2008)

1. Arizona St.
2. Oregon
3. Vanderbilt
4. Arkansas
5. Georgia
8. Florida St.
9. Clemson
10. Fresno St.
11. Texas
12. Oregon St.
13. South Carolina
14. Cal. St. Fullerton
15. Wichita St.
16. Southern California
17. Rice
18. Florida
19. Kentucky
20. Louisiana St.
21. N.C. State
22. U.C. Irvine
23. Southern Miss.
24. Virginia
25. Mississippi
26. Stanford
27. Texas A&M
28. Tennessee
29. San Diego St.
30. Texas Christian
31. Oklahoma St.
32. Oklahoma
33. Pepperdine
34. Arizona
35. Georgia Tech.
36. Louisville
37. Hawaii
38. Notre Dame
39. Long Beach St.
40. South Florida
Cal. St. Northridge

Other Top Recruiting Classes: California, Wake Forest, Marshall, Georgia Southern, Gonzaga, Troy, Kansas, Auburn, Miami (Ohio), East Carolina, U.C. Santa Barbara, St. John's, Alabama, North Carolina, Liberty, Central Michigan, Iowa, San Diego, Washington, Missouri, James Madison, Jacksonville, Minnesota, Texas Tech., U.C. Riverside, Connecticut, Baylor, Mississippi St., Houston, Nevada, Northern Illinois, Santa Clara, Ball St., Manhattan, Siena, Virginia Military Institute, Villanova, San Francisco, Stetson, Maine, Cal Poly SLO, FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL, Michigan, Tulane, Ohio St., Illinois, Memphis, New Orleans, Nebraska, Creighton, Oral Roberts, Nevada-Las Vegas, Richmond, Rutgers, Florida Atlantic, New Mexico, Lamar, Louisiana-Lafayette, N.C. Charlotte, South Alabama, College of Charleston, West Virginia, Dallas Baptist, The Citadel.

Hey CrazyCane...

No one here gives a Sh*t about UM. We know that FIU does not have the pedigree that UM has and that we have a long way to go. So why don't you leave us alone and worry about your team?

Oh by the way, the only reason you are a fan is because they have won 5 championships etc. It funny how there were never any Hurricane fans during the 70's. The decade that almost saw the end of the Hurricanes football program.

Speaking for myself, I am so happy that I could root for MY alma mater and not have to pretend to be a fan of another. YES, your team(s) has been awsome, one reason we have a football program is thanks to the sucess of UM, but this FIU fan will not begin to compare his alma mater to UM.

My just going to enjoy the ride.......

GO FIU!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was reading the volleyball article on the sunbelt website and they say that Troy loss to the best volleyball team in the conference FIU. Those girls are kicking butt and I think they will go to the dance this year.

Here is the article:
FIU 3, Troy 0

TROY, Ala. - The Troy Trojans found themselves in a tough spot Saturday afternoon at Trojan Arena against the Sun Belt Conference's best team. After falling the first set, Troy was unable to rebound and fell to FIU 3-0 in Sun Belt Conference action.

Megan Henderson registered a double-double with 18 assists and 12 digs, as the Trojans fell 25-11, 25-21, 25-12 Saturday afternoon. The match featured seven lead changes.

Through the first two sets, the Trojans held All-American, and Sun Belt Conference Preseason Player of the Year, Yarimar Rosa to just eight kills and an attack percentage of .087. However, they were unable to keep her down in the third set as the junior was able to register seven kills and hit .500 to help the Golden Panthers seal the match.

"They are the best team in the conference for a reason," Troy coach Sonny Kirkpatrick said. "We had their best player to just .087 hitting percentage, but she was able to get seven kills in the final set. You are not going to win a lot of matches if that happens. We just have to get ready as a team because now we travel to the second best team in the league, Denver, next week."

Troy fell behind early, falling in the first set, but battled back in the second set to take a lead late in the set at 15-14. After an attack error by FIU's Sabrina Gonzalez gave Troy a 16-14 lead, FIU trimmed the lead to 16-15. A service error from FIU's Angelina Colon gave Troy a 17-15 lead, FIU trimmed the lead to 17-16 before Laura Mackley registered a kill for an 18-16 Trojans lead. FIU scored the next two points to tie the set at 18-all, before Troy was able to get a kill from senior Aubre Smith for a 19-18 lead. From there, FIU scored seven of the next nine points to seal the victory.

Troy returns to action against Denver on the road next Friday, and then at North Texas on Sunday afternoon.

Crazy Cane,

News flash! We don't give three flying f()cks about UM.

Go argue with FSU fans about which one of you two have fallen farther from grace.

Pete, in your opinion, before Troy, which team did we have a better chance against - Troy or Lafayette?

And how has your opinion changed, if any, after Troy's game.

Personally, I fully expected to beat Troy and Lafayette, and I still do.

Here is some info from Perfect Game Crosschecker, FYI:


Look who is #15...and who is #17...Oops...I know it's hard for locos around here to find that...but it's there.

Rank College Recruits Total Points Top Ranked Recruit Ranked Top 200 Conference
1 Arizona St. 19 24439 Eric Hosmer 11 PAC 10
2 Georgia 20 23592 Michael Palazzone 8 SEC
3 North Carolina 12 17491 Tim Melville 10 ACC
4 Florida 13 17247 Nick Maronde 8 SEC
5 Vanderbilt 12 16565 Sonny Gray 8 SEC
6 Southern Cal 14 16507 Tim Beckham 8 PAC 10
7 Central Florida 14 15757 Wesley Freeman 5 CUSA
8 San Diego State 14 15119 Isaac Galloway 3 MWC
9 Arkansas 13 14751 Zack Cox 5 SEC
10 Clemson 11 13400 Ethan Martin 3 ACC
11 Virginia 11 12852 Scott Silverstein 1 ACC
12 Texas 10 12763 Robbie Grossman 4 Big 12
13 Arizona 11 12552 Anthony Gose 3 PAC 10
14 Kentucky 9 12484 Alex Meyer 5 SEC
15 Florida International 11 11818 Pablo Bermudez 3 Sunbelt
16 Wake Forest 9 11692 Daniel Marrs 4 ACC
17 Miami 11 11657 Harold Martinez 3 ACC
18 Florida State 9 11623 Kyle Long 5 ACC
19 North Carolina State 10 11403 Kyle Allen 3 ACC
20 South Florida 8 10498 Adrian Nieto 4 Big East
21 UCLA 8 10472 Gerrit Cole 5 PAC 10
22 Oregon State 8 10400 BJ Hermsen 5 PAC 10
23 Cal St. Fullerton 9 10204 Jarret Martin 3 Big West
24 Stanford 9 9927 Brett Mooneyham 3 PAC 10
25 Rice 9 9917

You beat me to it FIU Fanatic!!! He wants to talk baseball and his team is scared to play FIU in baseball next year. There's a reason why little girl, Jim Morris, doesn't want to schedule Turtle Thomas.

U24/7, unbeknownst to you and unlike you, I am a knowledge football fan, your just a myopic moron that just follows one team. My statement was “a MORE exciting player.” You've selected two OUTSTANDING freshman, Pryor & Benjamin. The numbers for Pryor are a little different for a QB than either TY Goodbye or Benjamin who basically play the same type of positions. However to enlightened you (and you need plenty of enlightenment!) here are the numbers:

Passing (avg yds per game 81.6)
59-90 for 653 6 tds 2 ints

Rushing (avg yds per game 51.4)
att 88 yds 411 avg 4.7 5 tds
He is definitely a stud freshman!! No doubt!

Benjamin: (Good comparison w / TY)
att 4 yds 32 avg 8 1 td
1-1 17 yds.
11-174 avg 15.8 3 tds
Punt Returns
12-170 avg 14.2 0 td
Kick-off Returns
14-363 avg 25.9

Very impressive for a freshman.

TY Goodbye

8-20 yds.
17-482 avg 28.2 4 tds
Punt Returns
11-196 avg 17.8 1 td
Kick Return
22-543 avg 24.7

Another unbelievable freshman.

Conclusion: Pryor, Benjamin & TY Goodbye are ALL three freshman STARS and by these numbers VERY comparable. So get some lasik done on your eyes and take care of your myopic vision.


Touche....Good points based on historical facts..

Those three are exciting freshment indeed. However, given the fact that T.Y. is ours...I love the fact he is at FIU!!

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