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Golden Panther Pawse 12/4

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GppawMore than 80 percent of you have spoken and looks like we'll keep the Pawse on a post by itself. Thanks for voting in the previous poll.

Gppaw_2 "The Hilton Heave" won our poll question for the best name for the T.Y. to JuniorHh  Mertile winning TD pass vs. Arkansas State. I spoke to Greg Ellingson after practice on Wednesday and he does not have the nickname "Glue Hands" nor does anyone on the team call him that like someone said in a comment a couple of blogs ago. So I let him know some of the nicknames you good people have been kicking around and GE said to let you guys decide. So vote at the bottom of the Pawse.

Gppaw_3 LIVE GPP BLOG for the season finale against Western Kentucky begins at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday live from FIU Stadium.

To your questions:

Ultimate FIU Fan: Any more injuries for SR's team in the last minutes? We have two early SBC games against Ark St (away) on Dec 18th and S. Alabama (home) on Dec 20th. Pete how those two teams predicted to do this year? Why does so much attention go to the UM player who is ACC Rookie of the year or something like that, yet no attention, except for your mention in the Herald about TY Hilton possibly being NCAA Freshman of the year?

GPP: Freddy Asprilla is week to week with an Achilles' injury. Harley Fuller had a tooth knocked out vs. Florida Memorial, but should be back in for Buffalo.

South Alabama should be good again after going 26-7 last season. Would say vs. Arkansas State, FIU could get a win, but with the injured state of team right now not sure where and against who FIU would win.

Unfortunately, until FIU gets that signature win or goes bowling, the attention will not be there from the national media.

FIU_Blitz: Do you think is safe that we have Hilton playing both sports? Shouldn't he commit to one of them instead to prevent an injury?

GPP: I'm not so sure Goodbye is going to be playing hoops. He's a freshman. There is a lot on his plate for his first year of college and with the bad karma right now around FIU hoops, he would probably get hurt just stepping on the court.

JM: Can we get an update on how recruiting is going? any recruits gonna make a big impact next year like T.Y. did this year?

GPP: JM, will have a breakdown of FIU recruiting later this month.

FIU Fan For Life: Pete, in your best GUESTIMATION, will PG go after a top assistant at a legit program (NOT UM! No history in hoops!) or will he go the FAU route and take a known coach with PAST glory and maybe a checkered past to bring in a name?

GPP: Judging by PG's track record of hiring coaches, my guesstimation is that his priority will be someone who can recruit and not just nationally and internationally, but locally as well. Don't see PG getting a retread like they did in Boca Raton, unless that person is a heck of a recruiter.

fiu4ever: Are they going to continue with the stadium construction during this offseason? Do you know what the plans are?

GPP: Yes, as we speak the fieldhouse is going up. The outside walls of the FH have just about been put up and most of the plumbing is in. The concrete for the entire floor of the FH has also been laid down already. There is no off-season for FIU Stadium construction. There's a chance the building of the north side of the stadium could be sped up if Miami MLS happens.

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It's going to be sad seeing FIU football finish already, it feels like the home opener against USF was yesterday... Our offense is going to be scary good next year, hopefully our defense will get an upgrade. We have an excellent chance at bowling next year!

And our basketball team is just catching all the bad breaks... something needs to turnaround quick.

Beat WKU, for the love of God, beat WKU!

Pete, will volleyball tourney be shown on Panther Pass? Good Luck to the Volleyball Team! Beat CSU, UF or FAMU!!!

GO FIU!!!

Pete,

Are you allowed to interview potential recruits or guys w/ early verbal commitments. I think having an interview with a major newspaper prior to the kid even attending our school could only help recruiting.

class09: Pete (or any journalist) can interview any recruit that they wish, committed or not. There's no rule against it. BUT... the recruits don't have to speak with you. And FIU could ask Pete not to do that, too.

What could be illegal is using a journalist like Pete as a recruiting tool (i.e., writing an article about a recruit in the hopes he commits to a certain school OR writing said article to influence other recruits). I don't know if that's what you're implying, but if it is, that's not a good idea. It's probably illegal in terms of the NCAA. It's also not a great idea for those reporters who still believe in ethics. And PP is definitely one of those.

As for those of you in the last blog... thanks for the kind words about my dad. Yeah, we were pretty close. Not so much in the later years, but as a kid, definitely. I highly encourage all to spend as much time as you can with those you love. There's no guarantees in life. Once they're gone, they ain't coming back. Not in this life, anyway.

FIU Fan For Life: The writing could be on the wall for SR. I don't dispute that. If PG fired a guy like Danny Price, he can definitely can someone like Rouco. But there's no sense in PG retarding improvements to the basketball arena just because the coach is someone the previous AD hired. If anything, those improvements would attract more candidates, and the sooner they're up, the better for the school and for the new coaches. PG has no reason to deny arena improvements unless the money isn't there (and that's a much more likely explanation).

when are fiu alumnist and supporters going to wake up?!?!?! We need to get a serious effort started by ourselves to make whatever donations we can. A large alumni fan base and a big support group does wonders for athletic programs. thats one of the reasons why all of the SEC schools are pretty much always successful. those teams get soooo much money from their alumni. Florida, i think, gets in the top 3 in the nation as far as donation are concerned pretty much every year.

Pete, ignore my comment. On second thought we probably wouldn't want any of our recruits getting that kind of attention as it could then draw the interest of other schools

Pete, I was told by one of the athletes in one of my classes that his nickname was "Glue Hands" at the beginning of the season after the USF game. But, since he does not acknowledge the existence of such a nickname, then that person must have lied to me. Sorry about the confusion...

Clawing Cancer, that was what I was implying. I didn't really think to much of it when I wrote it. As far as the legal and ethical issue, you make a valid point.

Someone at Athletics has to find a way to use this base of fans at the Miami Herald.

Support doesn't always have to be monetary in nature. But someone has to be creative and figure out how they can use us.

I would love to do my part, but seeing as I graduated 2 years ago and I work everyday, I am limited in what I can do.

I already pay my Alumni membership every single year. And I am about to start giving Athletics some annually too.

But I think theres so much more we can do.

EXAMPLE: If FIU gave any non-student 1 FREE year of season tickets, I think we could build fans that way.

I have convinced friends to come with me when there are free tickets. Some enjoy it right away, some don't enjoy it until the 2nd time. All continue to ask how FIU is doing afterwards. But 2 games is just not enough to create LASTING interest.

Thoughts on this?

I know some may see, well we already get one free ticket per student. But it's not the same.

I can convince reluctant people to come as long as lots of other people are coming. That's why I throw tailgates/parties with my non-FIU friends. It gives them a reason to go and they end up watching the game afterwards.

FIU FPL i do the same thing.. i have a friend that going to dade right now he comes w/ me to every game practicallly.. mainly for the tailgate but hes all down for the FIU football cause

How much money is the improvments for the basketball arena gonna cost? and what exactly would they be doing to the Arena?

The last game a freshman stood out, if these coaching experts could figure anything out they might have played him and some others sooner and won some other games.

What type of CROWD was at the final game of the season?

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