Lately, it's been quiet on the recruiting front as we approach the 2-week countdown until National Signing Day. On Wednesday, it will be 14 days before you learn who are the newest FIU footballers. Still several talented players out there who have not decided where they will play at the college level.
The FIU basketball team is getting ready for their game against North Texas on Thursday at The Bank and we may or may not see the return of point guard Josue Soto (left) on Thursday, if not Saturday. JS is that close to returning to the hardwood.
Meeting with the Turtle on Thursday and will have his thoughts on the upcoming FIU baseball season shortly thereafter on the GPP.
So that leaves us with a question that has been bandied about ever since FIU went to solely using FIU as the first name for all its athletic teams and that question is should FIU just be the FIU Panthers or should it stick to FIU Golden Panthers?
The thought here is it's time to move the Golden to the background and just go by FIU Panthers. It's quicker, easier to say and with the new logo unveiled last year and the whole new branding of FIU athletics it makes sense.
And part of this new branding is bringing the concept of winning to the forefront, which was not a regular occurrence around FIU for some time before the change in athletic administration a little more than 2 years ago.
Unlike going by solely FIU, the university has not made an official announcement on dropping the "Golden" from the nickname.
Some traditionalists probably are not in favor of going without the Golden, but part of the reason Golden came about was because Huizenga, then-owner of the local hockey team, complained about having another Panthers team in town and to a lesser extent Florida Tech in Melbourne also didn't like having another Florida school with Panthers as a nickname. So what? No hockey team or central Florida school should dictate what FIU can call itself.
As FIU's football coach would say "FIU is building a monster". And that monster's mascot is a Panther.
Plenty of interest in our last poll question about future conferences for FIU. Yes, the question was meant for some time down the road, but so far 80.4% of you say go Big East. 10.9% say C-USA and 6.5% say stay in the Sun Belt.
We also had a new state visit the GPP, when a reader from Georgetown, Delaware voted for a move to the Big East. We now have 41 states on the GPP map with 9 still to go. Here's the rest of the scorecard:
The GPP is now read in: 41 STATES: ALA, ARI, ARK, CA, COL, DEL, FLA, GA, HI, IDAHO, IL, IND, IOWA, KAN, KY, LA, MASS, MD, MICH, MIN, MISS, MO, NEB, NEV, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, ORE, PA, RI, SC, TEN, TEX, UTAH, VA, VER, WASH, WEST VA., WISC.
27 COUNTRIES: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, France, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, U.S.A., Venezuela, Vietnam.
1 DISTRICT: Washington, D.C. and 1 TERRITORY: Puerto Rico.