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Easing The DSB

Nothing new on the recruiting front today, so GPP Nation catch your breath.

Rb_2 However, there should be some action in the coming days with key recruit visits on Friday, among them 3 from NMB (Nico, Kemal and Jon Cyprien). Also 2 big LBs in Pooh Bear Mars and Roderic Blunt, who from watching him play in person several times at Everglades High in Miramar, I can tell you Blunt is a hell of a defender and would make a tremendous addition to the FIU D.

So with the recruiting waters calm on this hump day, let's talk a little about the FIU/FAU hoops game on Thursday night out in the Mouth of the Rat (Boca Raton for our Spanish-speaking friends). After all, we're reader-friendly here on the GPP so why not appease our hoops fans on the GPP. By the way here's a Freddy Asprilla story in today's MH as a hoops appetizer: Freddy's Ready

Can an FIU win on Thursday take away the sting of the 2008 Don Shula Bowl [gosh darn it :) Clawing Cancer, here we go back to football on a hoops post, go figure?], probably not for some, but it Dp sure would be a step in the right direction for the Golden Panthers. Glad to see CC has bought into the GPP's Gatorade Recruiting Theory.

There was some good out of the 2008 DSB, such as the stellar debut of Darriet Perry (right, can't get enough of DP dragging 3 Owls on his back for 13 yards?)

Almost turned my train of thought there to football for a second. Oh, yeah, we were on FIU hoops.

FIU hoops can sweep FAU again in the regular season this year. The Owls have been without their best player Carlos Monroe all season and are having a little tougher season than the Panthers. Of course, the regular season may matter little, except for home court in the 1st round of the Sun Belt tourney, because these 2 teams are likely to meet again in the opening round. And we know what happened last year when FAU smoked FIU in the SBC tourney.

Still, FIU is getting healthier as SR told me the other day that Russell Hicks (broken foot) may now be the next hoopster back at the end of the month, even before J.C. Otero (knee). Josue Soto (thumb) still Fa remains out until late Feb., early March.

What has helped the Panthers, even in their narrow losses at Troy and Middle Tennessee has been the emergence of 6-10 freshman center Freddy Asprilla, (left) who has slimmed down from 296 and bulked up. If you've seen FA play in person, then you know how he can dominate in the paint. 28 points and 10 boards vs. the Sun Belt's best in MT and 21 and 7 against WK -- a Sweet 16 team from last season are no flukes.

With opponents needing 2 and sometimes 3 guys to defend FA, there are several Panthers open all over the floor. That's where Alex Galindo and Tremayne Russell (right) returns along with the sharp shooting of Tr_2 Michael Dominguez has helped FIU.

Will FIU be big dancing come March, probably not, but have to agree with CC and say the Panther hoopsters have become more interesting to watch with their 6-10 big body anchoring the paint.


Apaw We'll get back to the meat and potatoes of the GPP on the next blog. Finished interviews with new LB Kenny Dillard and new QB Wesley Carroll and will have those up soon and will finish the recruiting prowl with the OL.

FIUJM: Pete, I know you will ask TT some questions regarding the upcoming baseball season. Do you know when that will happen? I'm ready for baseball season.

GPP: Will be meeting with TT at some point next week and will have the latest from FIU baseball shortly thereafter before NSD.

Jsuarez88: Doesnt Nico's coach want him to go to Western? Isn't he the guy thats been trying to make him become a Bronco?

GPP: Yes, NMB has some ties to Western Michigan, but I got a feeling -- and this is just a hunch -- Nico is between FIU and Central Florida. Again, just a guess. I've called Nico the past few days, but his cell Cell phone has been out of service for most of this week and this was before the commit mistake appeared on rivals.

thechampionunderdog: Pete, speaking of NMB recruits...... do we know what the deal is with mike dominguez?

GPP: MC told me that Dominguez along with Devin Parrish and Marcelus Manear are no longer on the team. He would not go into specifics, but they are no longer Panthers.

blkpanther: Pete, what effect of the recruiting limit does enrolling early have?

GPP: Carroll, Starling and Griffin all count toward this year's class.

saint, Alonzo: Welcome to the GPP.

Apaw_2 We all know football is king around FIU and on the GPP. Every time I write a football blog, the GPP gets more hits than any other FIU sports blog and it also helps explain why a blog about a program that hasn't really won much before is consistently in the top 10 of the MH's 48 blogs. You good people are passionate about your FIU. So thank you.

So with that in mind here's Wednesday's poll question:


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Devin Parrish and Marcelus Manear are two i guys i was really hoping to see on the field...

Those were the only couple ties we had with that Prep school too...

Any word on AJ Grant? Kyle McDowell?

After football, i would like to see Baseball, Basketball and Volleyball. Whichever of those 3 is doing best.

Wow, Parrish and Manear were both 3-star guys if I remember right. I guess that school isn't so good for "prepping." That should free up a couple of scholarships though, and it's looking like we're going to need them this year with the talent that MC and staff are looking to bring in. Jerome Swinton, another CB, is also at that school now, so I hope he can come to FIU and prove that New Berlin Milford Acadamy can get it done.

Didnt Devin play last year in one or two games and do excellent?

football, baseball, basketball for me.

Something Mr. C.C. said that really got me was the following:

"And, frankly, if these kids weren't good football players, most of you wouldn't give a damn what school they went to. You just want them to come to FIU for your selfish reasons, when what really should be the focus is what's the best move for the kid. No one ever talks about that."

Well, frankly as a proud FIU fan I think our school is perfect for every ahtlete, but I realize that that might not be reality. When I was recruited to run for FIU they did not pick me because they thought I was a nice kid or good to my parents. They wanted the running ability. We are NOT being selfish in any form or way. Those kids are getting a hell of an education at a great school for FREE, and in return the school wants them to play hard hitting football! Its all about the money! I pay for your school, and you win some games for us (nothing less, and nothing more)..

As for men's hoops: I can't wait till tonights game. I'm planning to seat by the radio and listen to the game. Our boys should bring home the "W"..

Let's Go Panthers!

Definitely should be an interesting match up tonight.....

My list is Football, Basketball & tie between Volleyball / Baseball.

Is tonight's game on Panther Pass?


Not on Panther Pass because fau is CSTV and FIU is JumpTV

Looks like it's gonna come down to the wire... up by one with about 6 minutes left

Great... looks like Galindo is hurting... don't know how serious its gonna be... but good news is we got the win!! 58-53.. Against FAU it should have been over sooner.. it came down to the last minute. But hey, a win is a win!

Gooch7: I'm not saying FIU, the coaches and the fans don't have the right to expect the kids who wear the blue & gold to be successful. That, in itself, isn't selfish. That's quid pro quo. But, we have to be honest, and even you admitted as much when you said this:

"Those kids are getting a hell of an education at a great school for FREE, and in return the school wants them to play hard hitting football! Its all about the money! I pay for your school, and you win some games for us (nothing less, and nothing more)."

Thanks for proving my point about not caring for the kids as people. And this is another reason why I don't care about the recruiting season. It's a meat market. I'm sure most of the coaches do care about their kids (and, from the little I've seen, I'd say Mario certainly does), but it's all about wins. That's how it is. And that's how fans are. And that is why coaches shouldn't listen to the fans about who to recruit. I hope the coaches at FIU don't take the recruit suggestions here too seriously (unless, of course, they do their own research and like the kid.)

Ultimately, I don't care who coaches or suits up for the GP's, as long as we win. That's the important thing. I'll leave it up to the coaches as to who to get. And I'll leave it up to the recruits to decide if FIU's a good fit for them. The opinions of fans like us don't count for jack compared to whether or not a recruit thinks that FIU's a good fit for them.

And, Fanatic... I get your point about me going on a rant about the recruiting stuff. I'll try my best to keep my mouth shut on this topic during this time of year. I don't want to be a negative nancy.

Also, for the record, I don't blame Pete for doing so much on recruiting. He's just doing what he thinks gets the most blog hits. And, he's right to do what he's doing. I know that, and the web hits certainly seem to bear that out. Oh, and I don't mind a two-sport mix on your post, PP, as long as the info's good. And with you, no worries there. I wouldn't be too pessimistic about FIU dancing come March, though. If this team's healthy and they get hot in the tourney, anything can happen. And, as you said, the regular season really doesn't matter in the long run. It's the tourneys in March and April that matter. That's what will make or break Rouco and the boys.

BTW, congrats on the boys for beating FAU, 58-51. It's always nice to whack the Hooters. :)

Nice win...

A win is a win is a win....A much closer win against a depleted and inferior team, but hey....I just hope Galindo did not play the last couple of series more for precautionary motives than because of the seriousness of the injury...Please...

Good post, CC.....

Yes, please update us on Galindo. Is he hurt again?


Any pics from last night's game would be much appreciated.

I know, I should've gone.... :-/


More recruiting news please. Keep em coming!

Congrats SR and the men's team for a ROAD victory! However, I'm worried about Galindo's ankle and Freddy's back spasms. I think we should call an exorcism priest or minister (covers catholics & protestants followers) and cleanse the US Century Bank Arena. This is down right incredible on this injury situation! Pete as soon as you have any word on Galindo & Freddy please let us know. Thanks.


Well this is the day. Hope Pooh Bear and the rest like what they see and hear. My younger brother who is trying to get into FIU.. is going on a campus tour today also. I told him that if he see's them throw in a good word! lol jk!!

Any word on Galindo and Asprilla's injuries? Will they be good to go for tomorrow? I sure hope so...

i think the name changing of the arena has brought misery and misfortune upon us. That would be the only logical explanation for this ongoing injury situation.


Not sure if you have an agenda or simply lack information, but the b-ball team has been snake-bitten by injury since before the season began (way before the U.S. Century Bank logo got slapped onto the arena).

On the contrary, we actually beat Western Kentucky in the first game as US Century Bank Arena and have gone 2-1 overall since the name change...

As far as the injury bug, idk what to say.

Anyone going to the Dade vs Broward game tonight ? I'll be there scouting our commits... Hopefully, no one in tonights game gets injured.

Dade Players on our RADAR or committed

Nico Flores - ??
Daquan Hargett - WV
Jarius Williams - FIU
Kemal Ishmael - ??
Gian Carlo Revilla - FIU
Cory Henry - ??
Caesar Rodriguez ??
Tourek Williams - FIU
Kenneth Dillard - FIU
Keith Reaser - ??
Terrance Taylor - FIU

Broward prospects:

Korvic Neat - Ole Miss
Marquis Aiken - ??
Shane Gordon - ??
Ashley Bullock - ?? 6'8" 280lb OL


pantera i was talking about ever since the "Pharmed" was taken off the official name.

Good thing, and perfect list of FIU notables in that game. Please, give us your report of the game, as well as the overall game by FIU notables, or related players....Thanks...

Good list FIU Blue and Gold...Please, give us your report of all these players with one or another link to FIU.....Hope you have a good time, and give us good news...Thanks.

It's not the arena name. It may not even be the arena. It's just horrid, horrid luck.

Screw priests or ministers for this one, UFF. This calls for a full-fledged Hialeah-bred "babalu" (unless, of course, we can actually find one who comes from Cuba). Get the guy, some chickens, incense, whatever he needs, and make the cleansing of the arena a half-time show.

(OK, maybe not. But I'd pay to see it.)

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