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1st Early Signee

FIU lost a valuable weapon on special teams for next season with the graduation of All-Sun Belt punterBrisk Carlos Munera.

With the first early signee of the 2010 signing class, the Panthers have added former Duquesne and former All-State American Heritage punter Josh Brisk.

Brisk averaged 39.7 yards per punt in his last season and had a long of 55 yards.

Brisk becomes the second player signed for the 2010 class after former Syracuse running back Jeremiah Harden.

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Aaapaw Nothing new on the Drew Gordon front as of today. When there is, will have it for you here. Supposedly, his family wants him to play west of the Mississippi River -- which would be closer to home -- but there is a basketball Hall of Famer and one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players coaching a Division I college basketball team in Miami. So we shall see.

Q&A

pikedanny: Pete, Do you expect Galiano to be around as D-Coord. next year? It's been a couple of weeks now since the last game and there has been no announcement of his firing. I think FIU needs to show it's fans that being ranked dead last in total defense is unacceptable by firing Galiano RIGHT NOW. What could they be waiting for? We need to act fast, don't we?

FIUFan: Pete, are we standing pat with or defensive coaches, esp. the DC? Why or why not?

Remember, having one of the worst defenses in D-IA should not bode well for your future. What's the thinking in the Athletic Dept?

PP: Not sure what the thinking is about the coaching staff for next season. MC has not been available due to recruiting. Hopefully, after the holidays we'll know something.

There is no doubt the defense has to improve from last season if the Panthers plan on improving themselves. How they go about improving it remains to be seen. Could be a change in scheme, staff or just getting better players. It will be interesting to see how the Panthers go about it.

Not sure how having one of the worst defenses in D-IA affects my future, I get paid by the Herald regardless of where FIU's D is ranked.

Gooch7: Pete: Is there any talks about bring back the band next year? When are they planning to build the Hall of Fame? When do you think they will nominate the first class of athletes/coaches?

PP: Nothing in the works last I heard about the band coming back. The priority before the HOF is finishing the lower bowl of the stadium so the HOF will have to wait.

danny ryan: Pete, why wasn't Chris Schirripa mentioned with the redshirts?

PP: My mistake I overlooked him. He will also get a redshirt.

UFChris: No disrespect since I am a guest on your board but when did honorable mention count as an All-American?

PP: Yarimar Rosa, Natalia Valentin and Jovana Bjelica are listed as All-American honorable mention which is part of the All-American team so therefore they are considered All-Americans. There are also 1st, 2nd and 3rd team All-Americans.

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Hopefully we do some firing on the defensive side of the ball. Galiano has put FIU into shame.

I can't wait for baseball season - but as for basketball - it looks like these kids have already given up on IT. I mean to lose by 30 last night - come on.

Yo quiero Taco Bell...

There is talk in SGA about the Marching band coming back, and I saw on facebook a few former members of the band seemed pretty excited about the prospects of it.

This is, of course, entirely unofficial (well, I know SGA has been discussing the topic), but I wouldn't be too surprised to see them find some money for them for football season next year.

Word inside FIU circles (mostly student leaders) is that the band will be back for next season.

I don't see how FIU Athletics doesn't get behind that push and help it along. Didn't they realize how embarrasing it was to have other schools bring their bands and not have one of our own. It just adds to a horrible game day experience that they provide (it's pouring salt on wounds after sitting through another galiano coached defensive game).

FIUBaseball101, while I look forward to the upcoming season and Turtle's continued development of the team, I disagree that the team has given up on Isiah. We just played the top two teams in the SBC West and lost to one by six points and beat the other by ten. These players ran out of steam, which is to be expected when you have no depth, no height, and everyone has to stay on the court for 30+ minutes a game. Next year, when we are able to give guys a breather, this team should be far more competitive. Keep in mind the team we just lost to also beat Auburn.

Baseball schedule looks tough this year with us facing Oral Roberts, UC Riverside, Cal Poly, ASU, Boston College, FGCU, MTSU, and WKU... We have a strecth there at the beginning of the year where we face those 1st 5 teams pretty much in a row.

c-UM, Are you making excuses for the baseball team already? Maybe you should start making them now for the 2010 football team too.

Josh Brisk has big shoes to fill. Munero was an amazing Punter for us, and I think without him this year we could have won just one game.. Never thought a Punter was so valuable until this year.. JB needs to be punting an avg of 45yards by next year to be come close to replacing Munero..

Merry Christmas to all FIU fans as well as all haters that can't get enough about FIU Athletics..

Go FIU!!

CC, your comments get dumber and dumber. How is that an excuse? What am i making an excuse with what i wrote?.... Worry about ur own team, seeing as the rest of the ACC teams are getting better and ur boys are getting worse. goodluck with that

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