Cassano re-joins Mark Whipple. The two previously coached together at UMass from 1998-2004 where Cassano was the RBs coach and Whipple the head coach. The Minutemen won the Div.I-AA national title in 1998.
During Cassano's three years at FIU, the Panthers ground game averaged 119.1 yards per game (2007), 98.8 yds per game (2008) and 105 yds per game last season.
Now the running backs job and the recruiting coordinator job are open at FIU. No known candidates as of now, but there's a possibility the positions could be filled from within the Panthers coaching staff.
Before we get to the Q&A, there has been a rowdy and funny group of high school kids that have attended the last 2 FIU basketball home games that give the opposing teams some hell. These kids all had FIU basketball shirts, but appeared to be too young to be FIU students. So after asking around, it's turns out they are Ultimate FIU Fan's sons and their friends. Listen to them at the next home game, they sit in the stands to the right of south sideline table. Here they are with FIU's finest.....
Wes Kendall: Guys, where can I buy FIU baseball caps? There are none in the book store and I want an authentic on the field one, you know similar kind of to what New Era does with the MLB.
PP: I asked TT and his coaches and here is the response: "We will have game hats ready to sell opening day at the game. We are the only ones that have them. They could call our office." (305) 348-7403 or (305) 348-3166.
alt7787: Pete, since MLB has basically forced the Marlins to spend more do you think they will actually hold on to Uggla for the entire season or do you see them trying to deal him regardless?
PP: If they get the right offer during spring training, I could see the Marlins dealing Uggla. If not, then you have to see where the Marlins are in the standings come the trade deadline (July 31). If the Marlins are out of the race, then they would probably trade Uggla to a contending team in need of a power-hitting 2nd baseman.
KJHarris02: Hey Pete, was wondering if your going to go more into depth about the "weight lifting"/training that the FIU Football players are going thru now thru Spring Football! Would love some updates!
PP: Like last year, will get strength coach Rod Moore on here after spring football to talk about the team's strength and speed gains.
u?: It would be great to see the completed view of the new weight room, Pete i heard its stacked with weights can you post up some pics?
PP: Will get some on here.
Baltimorepanther: hey Pete ,Is Cassano going to UM? I heard a lot of rumors about this, also if he goes, who will hire the new RB coach MC or the new OC? who will become the new recruiting coordinator? I might be wrong but it seems that Mirabal would be a good recruiting coordinator.
PP: Your answer on Cassano is above. There could be another move on the FIU coaching staff. Can't say for sure, but if it happens will have it for you.
MC does all the hiring. We'll have to see on a new recruiting coordinator. And yes, Mirabal would be a hell of a recruiting coordinator. He has done a terrific job in his Tampa recruiting area for FIU.
Jimmy: Hey Pete, when do you anticipate the Sun Belt will release its 2010 football schedule?
PP: In 2 to 3 weeks. FIU is expected to open the season on the road vs. a Sun Belt team (North Texas or Louisiana) on Sept. 4.