However, good sign to see the newest players making an instant impact. Shooting guard Michael Dominguez (above, right) was sharp from 3-point land, especially in the 2nd half when he drained 4 3's to help FIU comeback. Also, you could tell MD has a pretty good basketball IQ with the way he moved around the court without the ball.
Freddy Asprilla was as advertised under the basket using his almost 300 pounds to push around the Colonels and drop in 13 points and grab 11 boards.
While FIU is not exactly opening the season with the likes of North Carolina or Duke, the Golden Panthers need to get as many wins as possible against teams like EK and Monday's opponent -- Monmouth. If the reserves make this kind of first impression, it will be interesting to see what FIU can do when everyone is healthy and on the court.
Hate to see President Maidique (right) step down. The man built FIU and is a tremendous supporter of FIU athletics. FIU was lucky to have a guy like MM running the show for so long. Always very courteous and cooperative whether it was an informal conversation or an interview.
FIU needs the next president to have MM's same kind of vision for the university and the same kind of passion for FIU sports.
Mark Rosenberg (left) is that guy and FIU would be wise to select Mr. Rosenberg as the next FIU president.
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Covered that Florida Atlantic/Louisiana game at Lockhart Stadium on Saturday for a Baton Rouge newspaper and must say the Hooters have a scary-good offense. And believe it or not, FAU is one of 4 teams that can still win the Sun Belt title OUTRIGHT and go to the New Orleans Bowl.
Because of losses to UL and Troy earlier this season, FIU cannot win the Sun Belt outright, but still has a slim chance to go to New Orleans. In a strange, but true scenario -- FIU can end up in the New Orleans Bowl, but not as the outright Sun Belt champ. Here's how: let's say Troy and FIU finished tied for 1st in the Sun Belt AND The Pizza Bowl in BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA cannot fill one of its spots, then Troy would most certainly go play there in their home state and leave the Sun Belt spot open in the New Orleans Bowl for the Golden Panthers.
The best FIU can be is a co-champion of the Sun Belt. Since UL and Troy still play each other, both those teams cannot lose all their remaining games. FIU can also still end up in the St. Pete Bowl, Independence Bowl or the Pizza Bowl. Confused yet????
Of course, all this depends on FIU finishing 7-5, because 6-6 won't do it.
FAU, UL, Troy and Arkansas State all can still win the SBC, because FAU (has a W vs. UL) and ASU still plays Troy. So if FAU ends in a tie with UL for 1st, then FAU repeats. If ASU ends in a tie with Troy, but beats the Trojans to finish the season then ASU is SBC champ. FAU plays at ASU this coming Saturday so either FAU or ASU will be eliminated from the contending for the Sun Belt title by Sunday.
Our newest GPP reader, px asked about the Sun Belt 3-way tiebreaking rule. Here's how it works now -- regardless of head-to-head results: The new rule is if 3 Sun Belt teams finish tied for 1st place at the end of the regular season, then all 3 will be named co-Sun Belt champions and the New Orleans Bowl gets to choose which one of the 3 teams plays in the N.O. Bowl -- which most likely means the Ragin' Cajuns, Troy or Arkansas State, because those 3 teams would bring more fans to the game than an FAU or FIU.
The new rule is awful, but the New Orleans Bowl is looking for who will bring the most $$$$ to the Big Easy. Good thing for the 3 other Sun Belt bowl tie-ins.
The "GPP's Executive Committee for Name The T.Y./Junior Play" has narrowed down its choices for what is currently the most memorable play in FIU football's 6+year history. You vote, we decide and here are the choices: