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FIU Lands On Mars And Other Planets (Signing Class as of 4 p.m.)

Larvez "Pooh Bear" Mars signed with FIU this morning adding the nation's No. 8 ranked linebacker to the Panthers defense.

Here are the 23 FIU signees thus far as of 4 p.m. today. There are still a few spots open so there could be more....stay tuned.

Pooh Bear Mars, Kenny Dillard, Wayne Times, Terrance Taylor, Rupert Bryan, Wesley Carroll, Jonathan Cyprien, Cain Elliott, Josh Forney, Jack Griffin, Dave Istanich, Derrick Jones, Darian Mallary, Giancarlo Revilla, Thatcher Starling, Markeith Russell, Austin Tottle, Rockey Vann, Jairus Williams, Derek Wimberly. Edgard Theliar, Tourek Williams and Jarrell McGee.


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There's certainly a huge improvement, Joel. No question. There's definitely reasons to be excited about what's going on at FIU. I wouldn't go as far as to say we'll be bowling every season from now on. And I'm not taking anything for granted. But I think we'll be seeing FIU in a bowl game more often than not. I like our chances next season and in the future. We should be a favorite in the conference starting next season, and I think that'll be the case every season until we leave the SBC. If we leave it, I should say.

I'm down with your vision in the next 5 years. It's definitely possible. I would give FIU more time, but 5 years is possible. My only quibble is that I'm not sure the GPA will be getting re-done in the next 5 years. Especially since money's tight in the state university system. But if private funding's available, there's no reason it can't be done.

As for the BE... the main question to ask there is, do they want to strengthen their football conference? They've always been known as a basketball conference, and I'm sure there's quite a few schools who wouldn't be thrilled with the idea of the BE trying to expand for football. As things stand, they have 16 member schools, which is probably the most of any conference. All of them play hoops. 8 of them play football, not counting Notre Dame, but they're independent. You do the math. Expanding the conference for football is probably not something schools like Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John's, DePaul and Villanova would want to do, otherwise they would've done it already or be planning on doing it.

I agree with Joel, realistically, the BE does not have the luxury of hand picking and inviting big football schools. Those days are long gone, just like the days of waiting nearly a century before making a switch from D-II to D-I.

The most powerful conferences over the last few years have been the Big 12 and the SEC (in football). Which of those teams would in their right minds want to leave and join the BE? So that they could beat the likes of Cincinnati? I don't think so. If the BE has dreams of once again being a very respectable and competitive football conference, then they have to go out and search for new talent. It was merely in 2005 when USF joined the Big East, look how quickly they rose in tier in that conference. Also keep in mind, USF's football program has not been around for much longer than FIU's. Furthermore, USF is by no means a big basketball school, so there goes your argument concerning the BE remaining a "basketball conference".

I agree with you CC, the BE would need to seek expanding in order to invite FIU. That is something that is out of our hands. But, FIU is doing the smart thing by consistently arranging games against BE teams. You're also correct regarding FIU growing in facilities, that will take several years, but the commitment is there. Again, we can't speak for the BE so we do not know whether potential is something they would really look carefully at or not.

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