Johnson, the No. 53 overall prospect and No. 11 forward, was granted his release from USC after the former USC coach Tim Floyd mess.
Said Johnson: "It's important for me to play in the ACC, but I don't have a conference preference. I just want to make a difference for a program. Florida International – First and foremost, I like coach (Isiah) Thomas. I like the academic side of things, too. It's a new school, a new program and they are building it up to be a big-time program. . . I'm looking for a school that will keep the promises they gave me in the recruiting process. I want a place where they'll help me graduate and I want to be a big part of the alumni there, too. I'm looking to possibly major in graphic design."
Johnson, who is 6-7, 200 pounds, averaged 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists as a senior. He expects to make a decision on Friday.
pikedanny: 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?
PP: Appreciate your passion for football, but there will be no 8-part series. We'll get you more questions that are answered in depth on the next MC Q&A. For now, June is National Iced Tea Month. Let's all grab a glass of iced tea.
Quijote: Pete, We'd like to know what FIU is doing to get the BASKETBALL seats filled for the upcoming season.
PP: There will be a basketball marketing campaign before the season featuring Isiah, possibly some billboards similar to what FIU has had with MC in the past. Isiah is also going to speak to local clubs and organizations about FIU basketball and the first of his basketball camps begins this weekend at the Bank.
FIU_GPanther: Pete do you have any info on when construction will begin to close out the bowl at FIU stadium?
PP: An architecture firm has started the process of designing the north side of the stadium and the student support complex that will be embedded into the north side of the stadium. The designs for both structures is expected to be completed by summer to late 2010 and construction is expected to begin in 2011 with 2012 being the target date for completion.
One FIU structure that is close to being completed is the sparkling new R. Kirk Landon Fieldhouse. The GPP took a tour and photos on Monday and we will have part 1 of 2 of the fieldhouse tour on the next blog. For now here's an appetizer of the 14,000-square foot FIU weight room....(click on the photo for a larger view)