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Back to the FIU gridiron and our spring tour to get you ready for the opening of spring practice on March 6.

Staying in the offensive backfield, one thing that could be a concern for your Panthers entering the 2009Dp season could be a lack of depth at running back. FIU had some depth last season, but after Julian Reams, A'mod Ned, Daunte Owens and Trenard Turner were all banged up, it became the Darriet Perry Show and what a show it was. (thanks, Sam Lewis photos)

Someone should make a t-shirt with an image of DP carrying 3 Hooters on his back with the words "Perry Towing" inscribed on the front and I'm not talking about the pretty Hooters waitresses. Although, I'm sure DP wouldn't mind that.

Entering spring ball, FIU has DP, DO and TT. JR and AN have graduated and Darian Mallary joins the fun in August.

The reason I think depth could be an issue is because we have not seen DP go through an entire college season carrying the load and DO has been hurt the past 2 seasons. Don't get me wrong, when DO is healthy, he can run the ball as we saw in spurts last season against North Texas and Troy.

Turner The guy to keep an eye on during spring ball is Turner (left). FIU coaches raved about his off-season last year and TT could have played a bigger role in the FIU O until he tore his knee. TT is deceptively quick and as we saw in 2007 can catch the ball out of the backfield. Who knows, if he has a strong spring and fall camp maybe he moves up the depth chart.

Mallary will play, because he is T.Y.-quick and might be even faster than Goodbye -- their race is tentatively scheduled for August, maybe earlier. If it wasn't college, Ferrari might be willing to sponsor it.

But Mallary might have to put on some weight to become RB2. Either way, eventually, look for him to be an integral part of the FIU O.

There could be other RBs walking-on, but nothing for sure yet. Maybe Shawn Bright can become eligible. Even though FIU has an army of talented receivers, the Panthers want a balanced O and the running game will be important again.

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Apaw The last possible minute to get in your FIU Baseball predictions for our Win A GPP Blog (Baseball Edition or Media Guide) is at 6:59 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20 -- that would be 1 minute before the scheduled first pitch of the regular season against Jacksonville. Need won-loss record, how far FIU gets in the postseason and how many runs FIU will score this season. (Postseason and runs are first and second tiebreakers, respectively)Base

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GPP Q & A

Yandro: Pete, by the way, can you find out about the 2009 FIU Baseball Media guide online?

PP: It should be on there in the next few days.

Ultimate FIU Fan: I'm not making any predictions for baseball. I thought TT would do better last year, especially how he was trumpeted by all including Pete. Is Robert Mitchell @ the NFL combines?

PP: Like Bill Parcells says, "If you want me to cook the dinner, you have to let me buy the groceries." TT inherited DP's team in his 1st season, just like MC inherited DS's team. Give La Tortuga a shot and see Tuna what he does with his groceries. There are only 3 returning starters (Ryan Mollica, Tyler Townsend and Steven Stropp) on the baseball team this season, along with regular pitchers Corey Polizzano and Jorge Marban. 21 of the 31 players on the FIU baseball roster are playing their first season at FIU this season. TT's eye for talent is different from DP's -- as the No. 15 recruiting class (FIU) in the nation shows. Only the Gators and Central Florida were ranked higher in the state of Florida. I'll look into RM and Indy.

Gooch7: Pete I have one question for you: Do you know anything about the rebuilding of the new Soccer/Track Stadium?

PP: Have not heard anything. From my understanding the FIU to-do list is: football stadium, hoops arena and then next is TBD (to be determined).

Apaw Which RB needs this spring more than any other. Vote and tell us why in the comments section.

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I say we go 36-20, we get to regionals, and we score 410 runs...

Here's to a fun season!

i have always been a fan of dante owens but injuries just seem to haunt him. Hopefully he will be healthy for his senior season.

37-19, Regionals, 449 runs.

Darriet Perry is awesome. This guy did a great job last year. The Perry Mallory combo should be effective next year.

I'm willing to buy that TT needs to bring in his own guys to see if he can succeed. Every coach deserves that opportunity, whether or not they get high-ranked recruiting classes.

With that said, half the team last season were guys TT recruited, not Price, so I don't think it's fair to say it was exactly the same situation as MC had when he replaced Strock. It's easier to replace players in college baseball than in football.

I still am very disappointed with how last season went. We should've been better than 20-36, no matter who's coaching. Some of the losses were flat-out inexcusable, and had they happened under Price, people here would lose their skulls. Some of you here love to hate on Price - why, I don't understand - but his teams never put up a stinker like that, and the schedule wasn't THAT much tougher.

To me, TT has a lot to prove, especially given all the hype. I hope he succeeds. I think he will. Hard to imagine he can't, with his track record, recruiting skills, FIU's solid baseball history and being in a hotbed of talent... not to mention an AD who knows what he's doing.

As for my prediction... I know it's only Year 2, but college baseball programs like FIU can bounce back fast. If the talent is as good as advertised, especially the arms, I don't think it's crazy to think the GP's can win 40. I'll say 35-21, regionals, and 400 runs.

Im interested to see what Trenard Turner can do in '09. He showed lots of promise in 2007 and of course was the only golden panther to put up 6 on UM.

Pete, I thought we lost Daunte Owens? I asked that question a few months back and you mentioned that he was no longer with the program; am I confused?????

With Perry as the likely starter, and two very good back-up's would you Redshirt Mallary? If his going to carry the ball 15-20 the entire season, I don't think it worth using a season. The Perry & Mallary show also sounds good. Don't know what to think..

One quick note of advice: "We need to start using this Backs in more then just one formation (The Spread). I'm a big fan of the Spread but it seemed like they had two or three running plays in the gamebook.

Last question: Will we see 1000 yard rusher?? WOW!!

Can't wait to see all 4 RB's go crazy on the field!

I say we
-go 33-23
-make it to regionals
-knock in 425 runs (runs wont be a problem)

Will mention that was another L for the B-ball team last night. Ideal scenario is we keep Rouco as associate coach so he can work his recruiting magic and stay near his family in Miami and we hire a big-time X and O Head Coach. I know that would be expensive but FIU under Pete Garcia seems to be willing to spend to fix problems so we can make the leap to a knew conf.

I dont doubt that to lure someone as ambitious as Pete Garcia here from UM, we didnt make it clear that jumping to a BCS Conf was imminent and that he'd be given the $$ and tools to get there.

Daunte is rehabbing as we speak and will be back by august.

Yahoo.com has TY Hilton on their top 10 exciting players for football in 2009 and the only one in a non BCS school.

this spring is by far most important to Daunte Owens, he needs to show that he can be healthy to keep his role in the offense... i mean DP more tahn likely will be taking at LEAST half the reps if not most... Mallory is small scat back kind of runner and it will take him time to come into camp in the summer and learn the offense and blitz pick up etc. however, remember he did run something very simmilar to our offense in his HS career so Owens needs to have a spring that can show he can stay healthy and be a CONSISTANT runner

FIU Baseball 2009 season prediction:

34-22, Regionals, finishing with 409 runs

Good luck to them, hope they play their hearts out...

25-31, regional, 350 runs

FIU beats Troy!!! INSANE 87-86 WIN!!! Alex Galindo is the MAN!! Great to have Freddy back! Just a great night! Just bumped up my hopes a whole lot!!

Another BIG win for SR and crew. Hey GPP nation, if this teams gets to full health, they will be a handful for any SBC team. Just ask Troy & W. Kentucky. Hopefully they will peek at the right time; which is NOW and make a run. I truly hope so.

On my baseball post about being disappointed with TT, I think C. Cancer (CC) and I are the only ones DARING to question TT. You can't compare TT's first team (half his / half DP) to MC's first team because MC's was COMPLETELY DEVOID of starting caliber players and talent. TT had some talent on that squad while MC had none. I agree with CC, losing to nearly every Div II school on the schedule was unacceptable whether it was TT or DP, however we tend to give TT a pass.

I want TT to succeed and I will attend games this year, however with all the TT hype and now with this recruiting class, a BIG improvement is warranted and expected.

GO FIU!!!

Did anyone attend the Walk on yesterday?

Wow... Big Shot Alex strikes again. I don't think I've ever seen another hoops player at FIU who loves to take big shots and game-winning shots like that kid. He's made quite a few in his career.

It's a hell of a W, I have to agree. Makes me wonder what kind of a season FIU has with a relatively healthy squad. I suspect a lot of the Jekyll-and-Hyde act is because too many people have been hurt in order for the team to gel together properly. With most everyone healthy now, the consistency should come together very soon.

I think this team's faced a hell of a lot of adversity this season. 11-17, under these kinds of circumstances, isn't too shabby. At least, that's my opinion. I'm sure the SR haters won't be happy, and clearly it's not a great record, but sometimes you just have to play the hand you're dealt and hope for the best. I think this team's done that, and they should be stronger for it.

This W proves two things to me.

1) FIU can win the conference tourney. There's no one in the SBC this team can't beat if everyone's healthy. For the first time that I can remember, we actually have a team that has a legitimate shot to get into the Madness. Amen and hallelujah.

2) SR should get one more year, at least. Especially if they make a big statement in the post-season.

UFF: I suspect there's a variety of reasons for TT getting a pass from the fans.

1) It was his first year. That's usually the year when fans tend to forgive mistakes. Especially since FIU wasn't any great shakes in the years prior.

2) He's not Danny Price. For some reason, there's a lot of people at FIU who just hate the man and are glad to see anyone else as head coach but him. Having covered his teams for a number of years, I always liked Price. He wasn't necessarily the warm and fuzzy type, but he always struck me as a competent guy who had a proven success record. And he clearly had some eye for talent, despite what people here say. Look at all the FIU players who went on to play pro ball afterwards. Not many schools in the Sun Belt can claim that.

I guess, in a way, he always got compared to Miami and Ron Fraser. If he was in a program that didn't have that 800-pound gorilla on his shoulder, I suspect the fans and media would be a lot kinder to DP. But, because of Miami and their success, I think DP fell victim to the expectations. The fact his teams were usually pretty good, but not great, helped fuel the discontent.

3) TT's reputation as a recruiter. I guess people here are happy with all the experts saying his class is better than Miami's and that he knows talent and all that. People are also happy he's getting local kids, and I think it's fair to say that Price wasn't the greatest at that. But, like in football, I really don't give a crap what experts say. I want results. Hopefully, we get them.

Great win for FIU hoops last night against the (previously) #1 ranked team in the Sun Belt!! Galindo loves to take...and make....last second shots to win games....FIU had dominated the whole game against them, only to let Troy get their first lead of the game with twenty something seconds left....Big game and win, if not for the result, for the reason being that Asprilla came back as well, and even JC Otero was "dressed" to play...even though he didn't.

Gacesa was out (of course, you know the injury drill this season...never a full team), but even with him out, you can see how this team...if FULLY healthy....can literally beat ANYONE in this conference now. It was a sight to see both Hicks and Asprilla coming and going with no respite for the opposing team's Center. Both played just 19 minutes, but you could see how both of them kind of rolled over them. That is called a pretty good "Depth"...

Again, big win....here's hoping we can at least win the two big home games against Middle Tennessee, and the ugly little birds from Boca, while hoping we can somehow go over to Western Kentucky and upset them over there which of course is a tall order....

big win by the boys on the court hopefully the can keep it going

To all my fellow GPP readers - I am playng in a mens softball league on Sunday mornings. The league is great because it is both competitive and friendly. I spoke with the guy that runs the league, Danny Berry, many of you may already know him or his name, and he told me to get the word out because the new season is starting soon. Below is some information about the league. Also, I am going to put his number so anyone interested can call him as well. I look forward to seeing you all out there. It would be cool if 10-12 people from the blog could get together and put a GPP Team out there to kick some a**.

From the league:
Get ready for competition, camaraderie and sportsmanship. Players may join individually or bring in a whole team. Trophies are awarded to the top two teams. Games are Sundays, 8:30AM, 9:45AM or 11:00 AM.

Danny Berry's number is 305-271-9000 ext. 241

Hey PP, loyal reader so keep it real caught my first BB game saw a few TY Hilton BB Jersey's in da house what's the story kid going to play or is he ineligible thats the rumor, if the latter is true hows spring football going to play out,keep it real with your readers PP.

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