Nothing new today to update on the WC transfer to FIU. But the wheels could be spinning -- literally and figuratively. About 20 minutes ago, I called his high school coach, the venerable George Smith, who has won more than 300 games and several state titles over at St. Thomas Aquinas and asked him what he knew about WC getting his release from Miss. State and going to FIU.
As far as U24/7's question on WC's eligibility: A college athlete can use his redshirt year at any point during his four-year college career. So when WC transfers, he has to sit out (NCAA rules) and that would be his redshirt year. Thus leaving him 2 years to play at FIU beginning as a redshirt junior in 2010. pikedanny had good examples with Russell Hicks and Alex Galindo.
ridgepanther: PP, can we expect quite a bit of turnover from this staff? they had two year contracts that expire, so I would think just by resume and connections Cassano, Galiano, Legg, Clark, may leave?
GPP: I don't think there will be quite a bit of turnover from this staff. I think this staff has done a solid job with what they inherited and with the recruits they are bringing in. Of course, if another school with more money or a better position comes calling for FIU assistants like Florida State did last year for James Coley, then it will be up to FIU to match or up to how comfortable/happy the FIU assistant is here. Legg's deal is not up. His first season was this season that just passed.
gpantera: Pete, I thought you wrote that an All-SEC Freshman QB two years ago and All-State quarterback for Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas High during his prep career was enrolling at FIU. Stop playing with me Pete. I'm still emotionally unstable, recoving from the ULM and FAU games. If this is a joke, it's not funny!
GPP: gpantera, no joke, get a hold of your emotions and take a deep breath. Don't turn the TV to Oprah, we got you covered here at GPP Nation. As someone that's not a fan of following the zany whims of college recruits that can't make up their mind between lemon-lime or orange Gatorade, I would not write about a possible transfer unless the info I'm getting is legit and my friends from M-i-double-S-i-double-S-i-double-P-i are good sources. I think having WC's high school coach not denying it and telling me that he "knows the sky at night is dark and a car driving goes down the road" are good signs. At least we know, that the sky at night is dark and if you drive your car, you go down the road.
blkpanther: Pete, whats the word on James Jones? He gonna be ready for next Season.
GPP: JJ tore his knee in the season finale. Right now, only the man upstairs know if JJ will be ready for 2009. It all depends how bad the tear is and how quickly he heals.
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It may not be pretty for the Golden Panthers, but your last chance to see FIU vs. UM basketball is this Friday in Coral Gables and the FIU athletic department is giving away 200 tickets to FIU students.
This will be the last time these two schools play in hoops. UM is not renewing the series.
To obtain tickets, students must visit the FIU ticket office located in the southeast corner of the U.S. Century Bank Arena at FIU. Students must present a valid FIU student ID to register for a free ticket and bus ride to the game.
All students attending the game must take the bus, which will depart from the U.S. Century Bank Arena at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 12. All students must check in by 5 p.m.
Tickets are limited to one per student and only 200 are available.
For more information call 305-FIU-GAME