FIU Stadium and your Golden Panthers football team gets a much deserved rest this weekend with the third and final bye of the college football season for FIU. MC and several assistants hit the recruiting trail Wednesday night after practice. Meanwhile, OC Bill Legg and DC Phil Galiano ran Thursday's walk-through practice.
Time for FIU hoops as the men and women Golden Panthers tip it off in a doubleheader at FIU Arena on Friday beginning with the FIU ladies led by Monika Bosilj (right) vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay at 6 p.m. The FIU men with center Russell Hicks (left) take on Eastern Kentucky at 8 p.m.
No, it's not yet officially U.S. Century Bank Arena, but it soon will be.
Before they started shooting House, Grey's Anatomy or (other medical TV show/movie) at FIU Arena, the Golden Panthers men's team was entering this season with the most talented team on paper in SR's 5 years as head coach. FIU could get that entire talented roster back for January at the earliest.
But until then the Golden Panthers will have to rely on their 2 big post players in Hicks and F/C Freddy Asprilla. New shooting guard Michael Dominguez (below, left) (not the FIU linebacker) will also help.
After talking with SR of the walking wounded last Thursday, Alex Galindo (ankle) is expected back first. The earliest for AG's return is mid-December, but likely for January and the meat of the Sun Belt sked.
J.C. Otero (knee) and Josue Soto (thumb) are not expected back until January. You can read more about the FIU men in the season preview written by yours truly in the MH today, click here: FIU men hoops preview
If the Golden Panthers could get back their 3 injured starters by Sun Belt play, then FIU might make some noise in the Sun Belt.
The FIU women are in rebuilding mode after losing leading scorer LaQuetta Ferguson to graduation and point guard Iva Ciglar, who graduated, but had one year of eligibility left. IC decided to go back home and play for her father's team in Croatia. You can read more on the FIU women here: FIU women hoops preview
Speaking of FAU, was hired by the Baton Rouge Advocate newspaper to cover the FAU/Louisiana game on Saturday at Lockhart Stadium. Big game for both teams: if the Owls lose, their postseason hopes are over and go into the Shula Bowl vs. FIU playing for pride/role of spoiler. If the Ragin' Cajuns win, they punch their ticket to the Sun Belt championship game next week against Troy. Back to the question....
As of this post (and the poll is still open), FIU/Arkansas State led the pack with 57.8 % of the vote. FIU/North Texas (Orange Bowl finale) was 2nd with 13.8%. Keep voting, that poll question closes one month from now.
Our good buddies over in Arkansas joined the GPP and added another state to our GPP WORLDWIDE READERSHIP . Thanks to folks in Bentonville, Ark. -- (Home of Wal-Mart and Peter Griffin's former employer Superstore USA and the Wal-Mart Girls) and Jonesboro, Ark. for logging on to the GPP. Here's your scorecard:
GPP READERSHIP SCORECARD:
The GPP is read in: 37 STATES: ALA, ARI, ARK, CA, COL, FLA, GA, HI, IDAHO, IL, IND, IOWA, KAN, KY, LA, MASS, MD, MICH, MIN, MISS, MO, NEB, NEV, NC, NJ, NY, OH, ORE, PA, RI, SC, TEN, TEX, VA, VER, WASH, WISC.
20 COUNTRIES: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, Honduras, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, U.S.A., Venezuela, Vietnam.
1 DISTRICT: Washington, D.C. and 1 TERRITORY: Puerto Rico.
Check out the sharp "I am FIU" video on fiusports.com by John O'Meara and the FIU marketing staff. Those people, who also came up with the "Thunderstruck" and "Welcome to the Jungle" FIU videos are doing a hell of a job promoting FIU.
Will let FIU know about the lights situation for tailgating at FIU Stadium. Coincidentally, had lunch with some FIU staffers the other day and I proposed to them to create a link at fiusports.com that would be entitled something like: "FIU Fan Experience" so that all you good people could give them feedback about what you like or don't like at FIU sporting events. Will let you know more about this link when I know more.
We're narrowing down our choices for the T.Y./Junior Play so that you good people can vote on a name for what is the most memorable play in 6+year history of FIU football. Will have the choices on the next blog. For now tell us what you think of how the FIU basketball seasons will turn out: