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MC Q&A Part 3

Mc We're 56 days away from the first FIU football practice of the 2009 season and we've got about 30 more questions to get to with FIU coach Mario Cristobal. So let's move on....

Joel: When we get to a bowl game this season, what team would you like to go up against the most?


MC: We want to play anybody, anywhere, anytime. I would like to play a Florida team. I want to keep playing Florida teams. I’d like to play Miami, Florida State, South Florida, Central Florida -- although we are going to be playing them soon. We want to create as many rivalry games as possible for our fan base to enjoy.


FIURage: Is FIU planning on moving out of the Sun Belt ? If so what is the projected time frame?

MC: Our only focus is to win the Sun Belt Conference, which has done a great job since we’ve been in it.


FIU Fanatic: What element has struck you, or surprised/impressed you, about FIU in the 2+ years you've been at FIU?

MC: I was surprised at the energy and commitment of the people that surround FIU. I was surprised after being at Rutgers that it was year 6 or 7 before we started reaping some of the benefits of working extremely hard. I think in year 2 at FIU we saw some things and improvements in areas that usually take a couple of more years to develop. I was surprised by that in a pleasant way, but our expectations are extremely high.

CrazyPanther: Since the secret is out about TY being as good as he is, do you think teams Ge are going to be able to game plan against him better and take him out of the game? If so, who are the GPers other options?

MC: That’s why Greg Ellingson (right, thanks Alex J. Hernandez photo) has developed how he’s developed and that’s why Ty Frierson had a great end of the year last year. That’s why Darriet Perry came on strong and that’s why we signed Edgard Theliar, Jairus Williams, Wayne Times, Darian Mallary, Dudley LaPorte. It’s going to be hard to focus on T.Y. Hilton. He has to be a focus if I’m watching FIU film. I’m saying stop No. 4. He is an unselfish player. He will gladly go block for somebody else if he’s getting double covered and we can’t feed him the football. But on the flip side of that, we will find ways to get T.Y. the football. We’ll keep doing so. You attack a defense. Some times it’s T.Y. and some times it’s not. We expect people to come after T.Y. and we’ll go after them too.

An insider: Are you committed for the long haul to FIU, or are you hoping to use it as a spring board to a bigger school?

MC: As stated before, all of us have had opportunities and all of us have chose to come to FIU. We work day and night to make FIU a great place and we are committed to being here.

Upfront Bruce: Obviously, camp is crucial for all, but what players need to really stand out in August in order to get more playing time or keep the playing time they already have earned?

MC: Andre Pound and Jonas Murrell. Does this sound familiar? Yes. It all starts up front and will continue to be up front. Those two guys have to be a force up front. We move a lot. They have to take on double teams. They have to keep centers and guards off of the legs of our middle linebackers. They have to set the tone up front. They have to control the line of scrimmage. They are going to be huge in the process. On the flip side, every single offensive lineman and for that matter every single defensive lineman, throw them all in there. It’s the most important camp for all those guys.



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30 questions left and Pete gives us 6. Two of which were answered by two sentences or less. Wow... thank you for the overwhelming amount of information. I know you try to stretch the Q&A series out a bit but come on... You're doing an 8 part series or something?

Football season can't get here soon enough... ahhh!!

I love this part of the answer on the "focusing" on T.Y. Hilton questions:

"But on the flip side of that, we will find ways to get T.Y. the football. We’ll keep doing so. You attack a defense. Some times it’s T.Y. and some times it’s not. We expect people to come after T.Y. and we’ll go after them too."

Football season cannot get here soon enough!

I wish i had some old games on DVR to watch.

i have to choose LaPorte think about it you have some1 in the center fo the feild that will stretch the field.. proably faster than 11-of the 12 LBS we will be faceing so you have to put a S on Porte (which i dont think is a small task either way) that in a 3 wide set w/ 1 TE and 1 RB that that puts a 3 on 3 (db vs. WR) (s vs. TE) and (RB vs. lb) i really think that could open it up


We'd like to know what FIU is doing to get the BASKETBALL seats filled for the upcoming season. It would be a real shame to see empty seats with Isiah running the show.

I believe that first game will be if not a sellout, close to a sellout....just by having Isiah become our coach, you know every local...and perhaps some national...will be there to witness IT's home debut as a coach.

From what I'm hearing they are opening the second level for all games next season. They expect to basically sell most of the "reserved" seats in the first floor, alongside the court, plus having student sections behind both baskets...

Upper level would be general admission, I think....

BTW, I picked LaPorte as well....I feel he will help spread the defense thin even more with his combination of speed/strength, and agility...Pretty scary for defenders next season....

Im tired of the same clips on YouTube ... I wish I could rewatch all the games we played last year.

Pete do you have any info on when construction will begin to close out the bowl at FIU stadium?

I picked Theliar. I imagine Laporte will have a huge impact, he is a big man with great hands and great speed, a true nightmare at TE. However I think that Theliar, who is a tall and large WR, with great speed, will cause nightmares for defenders. All of these guys will spread opposing defenses wide open, but I think Theliar will have the most impact as a receiver with TY.

I am very intrigued with what Times can do as a multi-role player.

I picked Theliar, I do know that Laporte will stretch the field and they will run plays for him but I think Theliar has an oportunity to see the field for more and make a greater impact. He may end up starting before the seasons ends especially if Mertile catches the dropsie again.

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