Dear FIU Golden Panthers and Pete Pelegrin fans,
Thanks for the cards and letters. Here are some important details for you.
-- The Miami Herald's coverage of FIU is not decreasing but actually increasing.
-- Pete Pelegrin is indeed coming off the FIU beat for print, but he will continue to maintain the Golden Panthers Prowl blog.
-- Another reporter TBA will be added to the mix and will write primarily for print. This is the same as how we are set up with the Dolphins and the Hurricanes. With the Dolphins, Armando Salguero writes the Dolphins in Depth blog and Jeff Darlington writes primarily for print. With the Hurricanes, Manny Navarro writes the Eye on the U blog and Susan Miller Degnan writes primarily for print.
I agree that Pete has done a great job covering FIU, but I'm also hoping that you will understand this move toward a similar coverage structure, and appreciate that we are changing with the times to deliver news on many platforms (print, online, video, TV/radio, mobile phones). By having two reporters assigned who can handle different responsibilities, we can better serve those platforms and also solve any overlap between seasons (football/basketball, basketball/baseball etc.).
We remain committed to covering FIU sports. The fact that we send reporters to all FIU road football games and that Pete went to the recent Sun Belt Conference basketball tournament (we didn't assign anyone to the SEC tourney, for example) should be clear evidence of that. In addition to his popular blog, Pete and others have written many front-page features about FIU sports, including Mario Cristobal and the football team; Isiah Thomas; the baseball team and its top signees; and the successful women's volleyball team.
I know you've got issues with that other Division I school in Coral Gables, but you need to be patient and let your athletic program grow. As it is, we try to be as fair as possible in our coverage of all sports -- from high schools to college to pros -- and during March, throw in golf, tennis, horse racing, March Madness, you name it.
It's not easy to keep everyone -- if anyone -- happy. Fans always want more, and we understand that. We just do our best to present great stories and entertaining information across all fronts.
If you have any more questions, feel free to call me and I'll try to answer them as best I can.
Thank you for reading The Herald,
Miami Herald sports editor