Called 5-star forward Latavious Williams this morning to see how the visit to Georgetown went.
LW did not go to Georgetown last weekend, but will visit the Hoyas this coming weekend. He said he would make a decision between Georgetown, FIU, Kansas State and Memphis by next Wednesday, May 20.
Not so the case with FIU second baseman Ryan Mollica (.379 avg, 8 HR, 49 RBI), who was cleared to play after missing the last couple of weeks with an illness. Spoke with RM this morning and he expects to be back in the lineup on Thursday for the first game of the regular season finale 3-game series with Florida Atlantic.
FIU is currently 4th in the Sun Belt and trails Middle Tennessee and Troy by 2 games in the loss column. MT finishes the season with 3 games against conference leader Western Kentucky. Troy plays 3 vs. South Alabama.
The Panthers still have a chance to finish 2nd in the regular season, but need big weekends from WK and SA. Either way, FIU needs to win the series vs. the Hooters and a sweep would be even better for their chances to catch MT and Troy. By the way, if FIU wins the series against FAU, more than likely the only Hooters we'll see in Troy, Alabama at the Sun Belt Tournament are of the chicken wings variety.
Although stranger things have happened (ask our GPP friend Joaquin Andujar), it looks as though FIU will need a strong showing in the Sun Belt Tournament next week to get into an NCAA regional. The thought here is FIU must at least reach the Sun Belt title game. You can vote below on what FIU needs to do to get into a regional.
Will be traveling to Troy, Alabama next Tuesday to cover the SBC Tourney and will have LIVE GAME BLOGS for each of FIU's games in the tourney.
The Panthers open the SBC Tournament next Wednesday at 4 p.m. against either: New Orleans, South Alabama, Louisiana, ULM, Florida Atlantic or Arkansas State -- all 6 are within 1 or 2 games of 5th place right now with UNO, SA and UL tied for 5th going into Thursday's play.
Jimmy: After reading the wrap-ups I was shocked to learn that FIU lost 7 starters on defense. Is that correct and, if so, who are the starters that are returning?
PP: FIU lost 6 starters on D: Daniel Chacreton, Michael Dominguez, Marshall McDuffie, Robert Mitchell, Quentin Newman and Jarvis Penerton.
gpantera: Pete, Your blog is hungry. Feed it!
PP: Dinner is served. Busy in these next 9 days before leaving for Troy. Working on a couple of FIU baseball features (Tyler Townsend's story runs in Thursday's MH and Scott Rembisz/Tom Ebert story runs early next week), currently in Lakeland helping out with state championships for Dade/Broward high schools, will be in Boca Raton Thursday-Saturday for FIU/FAU 3-game series, then Marlins/Dodgers on Sunday before flying up to Sun Belt Tournament. But don't worry the GPP will not go to the back burner.
FIU Fanatic: Pete, I never read online your article talking about the conversations that UM AD and Pete Garcia are having to renew the rivalry games in both...revenue and non-revenue sports. Any reason for it?
PP: Will check with on-line people on why it's not on there. The full article is on the previous blog. And FIU will not play UF, FSU and UM all in the same season in football like some readers were wondering. Although the Panthers would like to play all 3 in baseball and basketball yearly if it could be worked out with all the teams schedules.
The Latavious train keeps on chugging with our poll question, which has reached close to 300 votes. From the conversations with LW, I get the feeling he's headed to Georgetown. A couple of our new readers are sure that's he not going to FIU.
A reader in Fargo, North Dakota says FIU has 0% percent chance of landing LW and so does a reader in San Jose, Costa Rica. No gains from those people for FIU, but they are gains to our scorecard:
The GPP is now read in: 45 STATES: ALA, ARI, ARK, CA, COL, CT, DEL, FLA, GA, HI, IDAHO, IL, IND, IOWA, KAN, KY, LA, MASS, MD, MICH, MIN, MISS, MISSOURI, MON, NEB, NEV, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, ORE, PA, RI, SC, TEN, TEX, UTAH, VA, VER, WASH, WEST VA., WISC.
36 COUNTRIES: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Scotland, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, U.S.A., Venezuela, Vietnam.
1 DISTRICT: Washington, D.C. and 1 TERRITORY: Puerto Rico.