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Letter from the editor

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,

Jorge Rojas
Miami Herald sports editor
305-376-3213

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Great news, so glad that Pete is still around! LOL GO Golden Panthers #86!

"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"

What does that mean?? I don't have any issues with the University of Miami and apparently we are very impatient with the size of FIU's athletics program??

The only thing I'm impatient about is the lack of information and frankly, the professionalism coming from your camp regarding FIU sports.

Thank you for setting the record straight.

Thanks for the clarification.

This is positive news but sounds like there's a backstory here. Why couldn't Pete or Jorge come out and squash this earlier or reply to an email? Regardless, glad to hear Pete isn't getting the shaft, at least at first glance. Now, let's here something from the man himself!

Well done FIU Fans... you have forced the Herald's hand and now have Pete Pelegrin back on the Golden Panthers Prowl Blog.

This WAS NOT originally planned, and Pete was off anything FIU related, but Rojas had to change his mind after the overwhelming response from FIU fans, as well as a couple of well-played moves by Pete Garcia and company.

Looking forward to Pete Pelegrin's first blog back, want to see how much he can divulge from the situation.

Go Panthers!

Thanks Jorge. The news is not as bad as I originally thought but I'm still not happy. I have had the pleasure of meeting Pete a couple of times at FIU practices and games. He is shown me to be extremly committed to covering FIU sports. What I like more is his crediblity in his reporting. He seems to have access to good information. I am concerned that if he leaves FIU as a beat writer he will not have the same access.
Jorge, as an avid Panther fan I have appreciate improving coverage of FIU sports by the Herald. Please don't take a step back!

If that is true FIUloyal then this "win" might be short lived. It would be a tough position for anyone to stay long-term with an organization that showed them the door and only recanted due to other pressures. That doesn't diminish what was done here but, ultimately, Pete needs to do what's best for him and his career.

Hmmm...looks like we were characterized as impatient and whinny! Oh well, looks like our whinning and complaining got us Pete back!

Where's the man himself?! Pete, welcome back!

Thanks Jorge. The Herald made a smart move. If indeed FIU coverage is increasing, then I'm a happy camper. Only time will tell, though.

If this is all true then why take Pete off the beat. Why not leave him there the fact is the MH is not increasing coverage and we will be seeing less blogs

Also as I said I sent an email to one of the asst. AD and I got the feeling from his reply that The athletic department had contibuted a big portion of this success

Glad this has been cleared up. Hope to hear from Pete soon.
GO FIU!!!!

Glad you're still here, Pete. You have provided great coverage on your blogs and in print. The Herald and the FIU community are lucky to have a great journalist onboard.

THIS IS NOTHING BUT A BULL -$H!T WAY OUT FOR JORGE ROJAS. A) THE GUY IS DEFINITELY A 100% c-UM FAN B) I CANT SPEAK FOR HIM, BUT DO YOU GUYS THINK PETE IS REALLY SATISFIED WITH JUST WRITING A BLOG??? C) IM SURE THIS NEWSPAPER IS LIKE THE MAJORITY OF THE OTHER NEWSPAPERS IN THIS ECONOMY THAT ARE STRUGGLING, HOW DOES THIS MOVE MAKE SENSE FINANCIALLY FOR THE HERALD? D) THE NEW WRITER JORGE ROJAS IS PUTTING ON FIU ATHLETICS IS NON OTHER THEN FAT BOY HIMSELF, Paul Dee aka Asleep While Standing

C-um is right.

I have my doubts about Mr. Rojas. Hope he can answer this question. Why hasn't Pete gotten on blog in over a week?

Newsflash to Mr. Rojas!!! Nobody cares about UCG here. Why mention it?

GO FIU!!!

Screw this...we want Pete back. If not, go screw yourself Herald. I hate the way you guys cover FIU athletics. Thanks, but not thanks.

anything on bball recruits? especially the norweigan SG that was brought up a few weeks back?

lol..what a joke

First off, thanks to Mr. Rojas for answering our questions.

Second, I feel a lot like some over here, particularly like Frank Pena's post. If he is only allowed to do blogs...but at the same time have him off the FIU beat and not attend practices, games, events, etc.....what good does that do? If what you wrote Mr. Rojas is correct, and you are not lying when saying it will be like the "setup" currently available for the Dolphins and UM, then it means that Pete will still be going to practices, games, events, etc.

If not like this, then this response is another easy way out, while trying to dupe us into believing this will actually increase coverage. The ball is in your court, Mr. Rojas, and I believe you will end up doing the right thing.

Again, thank you for taking the time to respond to us.

P.S. I don't think you needed to include the part of "issues with the other school from CG". At least not for me, as I only care about the coverage provided for my FIU Panthers.

Where the hell is Pete?

you know who cares guys... come on. man up. Pete isnt going anywhere, so there is no reason to complain or pick fights. FIU could use a friend in the herald.

I don't get it though...."-- 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."


What the heck does this mean? All I understood was more people for "print"

Hey. Lets be grateful here. c-UM, you were way too harsh. No need for that.

I got a personal email from Rojas, as did many other people according to him. This was all misinformation according to him.

I understand what the Herald is trying to do. They do have two writers for most other teams. If they are adding another person to write for FIU, that is wonderful. However, I hope all is well with Pete. I hope he hasnt been given a huge pay cut and less to do. Honestly, I would prefer Pete stay as the beat writer simply because he writes well.

In any case, this makes things a little more clear.

Thank You Mr. Rojas.

I have written a follow up email thanking for update but explaining that it is not enough. We want pete back!

Stop saying you all dont care about UM.

UM is on your mind all the time. That's all you nag about lol. (Enter angry FIU rant here)

Is Pete really c-UM??? lol.

If that isn't a loser post....wow...class all the way around...

Mr. Rojas why take Pete off the beat before choosing a new beat writer? In an effort to continue covering FIU wouldnt it make more sense taking Pete off the beat once you get the new beat writer??? the only reason I read the herald is because I must to get to the FIU section which Pete writes, perfectly,even when I dont agree with him. Removing Pete from the Herald FIU beat is like removing J LO's ass from her body; it loses substance and is no longer attractive. SAVE PETE!!!

LMAO nice comparison FIU Love...

Guys - don't believe the HYPE, this is not over yet and more details to come soon. FIU is not happy about this and either am I, so I'll reserve judgement until after Mark and Pete sit down with the Herald later this week.

What a joke !!!

No lol, c-UM is on your mind all the time!!! Gooooo Get'em sweetie! lol!

Why was my post censored? All I did was question the way this was handled and point out the bias at your paper that has been festering for years. I mean, if you don't beleive in and support freedom of expression...who will?

Thank you for taking the time to post here Mr. Rojas.

That said, there is serious anti-FIU bias that often crops up when anyone else but Pete is writing about FIU.

It is blatant to the point of violating journalistic principals. The articles often veer into opinion, conjecture and unfounded conclusions.

In the spirit of goodwill I wlll look forward to you driving improvements in these areas.

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