We'll get back to the very popular Q&A with MC on the next post. For now, here is a little bit of this and a little bit of that from the world of your FIU Panthers athletic program.
Add another Northwestern High player to the FIU defense for 2010 when Bulls defensive back Khambrel McGee is expected to join former Bulls and current Panthers Anthony Gaitor and Kenny Dillard. McGee has committed to FIU for the 2010 signing class.
McGee is rated a 3-star cornerback by rivals.com. Khambrel is no relation to 2009 FIU signee and fellow DB Jarrell McGee. But Khambrel (far left) does bare a resemblance to Bengals receiver Chad Ocho Cinco (near left and right of Khambrel). Don't you think?
MM is the second Panther baseball player and fourth Panther overall to be named an All-American this past season.
Right fielder Tyler Townsend was recently named All-American, following the All-American years of FIU volleyball player Yarimar Rosa (3-time All-American) and receiver T.Y. Hilton, a Freshman All-American.
Also, the Sun Belt All-Freshman Team is currently being voted on and Martinez, along with outfielder Pablo Bermudez and pitcher R.J. Fondon have been nominated for the team. When voting is concluded I will have the results on here. That Turtle guy can recruit a little, eh?
HELL OF A STORY
One of our loyal readers, gpantera, posted in the comments section of the previous blog an interesting anecdote about MC and his enthusiasm for FIU football. Thought it was a hell of a story, such a hell of a story that here is the re-post of it....gpantera writes:
So get this. I’m at an alumni gig a few weeks ago and get introduced to Coach MC. He’s kind enough to indulge an FIU sports geek like me for about 15 minutes. We discuss the obvious stuff – how FIU is on the rise, TY’s da man, all the excitement around this year’s recruiting class, etc. Once I felt I may be wearing out my welcome, I say, “Hey Coach, if you’re ever in the Gables, it would be a treat to have you stop by my office. There are plenty of FIU Panthers employed where I work that would get a kick out of meeting you.”
Now how many of you are thinking “FAT CHANCE” as I did? I was just throwing out this request as a parting shot, never anticipating the guy would actually take me up on it.
You guessed it. The freakin’ guy showed up to my office the next week. Yes, he came by my office accompanied by one of his assistants. We toured our agency. I introduced him to every Panther in sight. He took pictures with us and simply energized with atmosphere with blue and gold love. True damn story.
I always knew Coach is one fired up dude, but to take this unexpected, highly appreciated step to satisfy a single alumni's request is insane.
In case you were wondering, Coach MC is the realist deal in South Florida (next to D-Wade of course).
Coach, if you’re reading this, I hope you don’t mind me sharing this story. It’s just too good not to share, especially with my friends in the GPC (Golden Panther Community).
CHECK BACK IN EARLY NOVEMBER
Won't go too much into this, because it could change next week but the latest word from the local hoopsvine this week is that center Freddy Asprilla might be having a change of heart and stays at FIU. Stay tuned or wait until the FIU starting lineup and reserves are announced in early November at Ohio State when the Panthers tipoff the Isiah Era against the Buckeyes.
No new states or countries to tell you about joining the GPP (although our friends in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Croatia and the Czech Republic have chimed in) in our last poll question, which is still open. The question is "Heading into MC's 3rd season, FIU has a) exceeded expectations; b) met expectations; or c) not met expectations.
Found it interesting that of all the votes we have received so far, there is only one vote for "not met expectations". Someone in Pinecrest, Fla. is still longing for the days of 45-minute practices, beat the Turnpike traffic and catch the back nine holes with a football legend.