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Spring Practice Preview

Fiu Spring is here. The best time of the year. Pitchers and catchers have already reported to their major league camps and the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues will open shortly. The college baseball season is underway and, oh yeah, how about the first look at the 2010 Panthers football team.

Although most of the highly-regarded 2010 FIU signing class will not participate in spring football (except running back Jeremiah Harden and punter Josh Brisk), the 15 practices FIU has lined up, including the Spring Game, will be the first of many opportunites for some Panthers to start winning jobs.

There is plenty to look for during the 15 spring practices (which as of now are open to you). We will get to all of it throughout the spring here. [With the exception of this Friday through Sunday practices, because yours truly will be in Arkansas for the Sun Belt Basketball Tournament]. 

But as you get ready for the first practice on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at FIU Stadium, here are 5 areas to look for this spring.


The FIU lines needed some beef last season and from everything I've been told, the Panthers offensive and defensive linemen have had another strong off-season in the weight room. T.Y. Hilton has made substantial gains where he's up to 175 pounds. 

Outside of Brad Serini and Cedric Mack, there are no other seniors on the offensive line. The O-line has aMira new boss in Alex Mirabal (right, thanks AJH photo), who coached the tight ends the past 3 seasons. Mirabal will bring a fire to coaching the linemen and besides the added muscle, maybe that's what this unit needs to perform better this season. Serini and Mack will have to help their fellow younger linemen if FIU plans on being an explosive offense this season. If the line can't block, the Panthers will have a tough time moving the ball this season. Dave Istanich and Rupert Bryan got some valuable playing time last season as freshmen. Both held their own against bigger opponents. Now it's time for some of the other young OL to get going before the big boys of the 2010 class arrive. Derrick Wimberly, Austin Tottle and Giancarlo Revilla among others will get a long look in the spring to see who will become regulars with Serini and Mack.

The D-Line will have just one senior in Thatcher Starling. So it will be imperative for the younger linemen on both sides to really emerge this season. Tourek Williams, Andrew Mattox, Josh Forney, Andre Pound, Kasey Smith need to take that next step. The expected returns to health of James Jones and Jonathan Jackson -- whether it's in spring or fall camp in August will also give the D-line a boost.


"Get Your Chili Hot"....FIU hopes translates into get your defense hot as well. New defensive coordinator Geoff Collins moves down the Turnpike from Orlando and arrives with an MC-like energy and enthusiasm to coach a defense that needs to improve.

Among the necessary ingredients to a better FIU D are: a suffocating run D, more consistent pressure on the QB and tighter coverage in the secondary. Everywhere GC has been the defenses have improved. Are the Panthers the next improved D on GC's resume? It all starts with the play of the D-line. Also some of FIU's young linebackers (Kenny Dillard, Pooh Bear Mars, Markeith Russell) should progress this season to fight for playing time alongside Aaron Davis and Little Canada. At safety, Terrance Taylor has all the tools to join Jonathan Cyprien as one of the best safety tandems in the conference.


The year long wait of sitting out due to NCAA transfer rules is over for QB Wesley Carroll (left) and Harden, who were teammates at St. Thomas Aquinas High. WC is like a kid in a candy or toy store with the weapons he has. JH is expected to be a difference maker with the ground game. Again, a lot of both players 2010 seasons will depend on the O-line's progress. Although, WC is not Wayne Younger with his feet, WC can move, throws real well on the run and has good touch on his passes. Harden looked like a man among boys while running the ball on the scout team in practice last season. With some help from his teammates, he can do the same in 2010.


T.Y. Hilton, Junior Mertile, Greg Ellingson, Wayne Times, Dudley LaPorte (right), Willis Wright in the fall -- yes, I would say Wesley Carroll can be one happy quarterback with the type of targets he has to throw to. And if everyone is healthy, you can expect Goodbye to see some single coverage, which he will no doubt exploit. DLP returning from a foot injury could have a monster season. Will be interesting to see how quickly theLaportedudley FIU receivers and their new QB get used to each other.


FIU has new kickers for the 2010 season. Jack Griffin is the leading candidate for the placekicking duties, although don't be surprised if MC brings in some competition this spring or in fall camp. Brisk has some huge shoes to fill with Carlos Munera graduated. CM made an art of punting last season and really set up the FIU D well in field position. These two positions will definitely have all eyes on them, because they will be just as important as the lines, especially late in games.


Aaapaw FIU hoops got some bad news today as starting senior forward J.C. Otero (right, thanks AJH photo) has a torn knee and is out for the Sun Belt Tournament. J.C. tore the knee late against Western Kentucky last Saturday. The Panthers will miss J.C.'s passing and shooting abilities in Hot Springs.

Aaapaw Will have a LIVE HOOPS BLOG of Saturday's opening game of the SBC tourney between FIU andJc Denver. Tip-off time is expected to be at 9:45 p.m. (Eastern). Game probably won't start until about 10 or 10:15 p.m., because there are other games being played on the same court before FIU's game. Regardless, expect the LIVE BLOG to begin at 9:43 p.m.

Aaapaw Score an E on the GPP, I placed a photo of Pablo Bermudez in the last blog when I meant to get one of Lammar Guy on there. The caption of the photo I received said Lammar Guy and the only visible number on the jersey is a "2" so I thought it was 42 (Guy) and instead it was "12" Bermudez.

A photo of Guy has replaced the Bermudez photo on the previous blog.

And to the reader making the asinine racial comments -- those have been deleted.


LonePanther: Hey Pete, still predicting a W for our opener against Rutgers this season?

PP: Can't tell you on March 2. Check back in late August for my season predictions. Was off last season, I had FIU at 6-6, but they went 3-9 so I'll have to put in some extra study time in the film session on the team before making the 2010 guesses.

And while the FIU 2010 schedule is a bear on paper, remember they don't play football on paper, unless Foot it's the paper football game you played in high school with the triangle football.

Yes, FIU could easily be 0-4 to start the season, but what's not to say they knock off Rutgers and/or Maryland and begin 2-2 or 1-3. The Panthers could be much improved or might still need more development -- we won't know for sure until the season is underway. Injuries happen here and there and maybe this is the year the football injury gods do not frown upon FIU, unlike last season.

As far as the Sun Belt schedule, that's the conference FIU is in and that's the level of competition FIU is currently at. With lesser FIU teams the past few years, FIU has hung around with many of the SBC teams. If the Panthers are improved, then they should be able to beat any SBC team.

c-UM: PETE, what is your outlook on the "concessions" at the games? Can PG not cough up minimal money to bring in a serious pan con bistec guy? He should atleast try to reach out to the Gazituas (ex-player; owners of Sergio's) and see if they could help out with that.

PP: Outside of the chicken sandwich at the baseball stadium, the concessions need an overhaul. Not sure what it would cost to revamp the food at the FIU stadiums and arena. But send an e-mail or a phone call to the FIU athletic department with your ideas. Click here for all the info you need: FIU Athletics  FIU reads this blog. Also have the Gazituas contact the FIU athletic department and see what happens.

Great ideas are floated around all the time, but if you good people don't take action -- like the FIU Alumni Association has with the Annual Panther Previews and tailgates -- then nothing will ever have the chance of being accomplished. Click on the link above to take action.

chrisfiu: Pete, what happened to the win-a-blog contest held in December? Was that blog ever posted? I don't recall reading it, maybe I missed it...

PP: Never heard back from Fomenter. So nothing was ever posted. I know 2nd place winner NYCFIUFan received the 2009 Sun Belt Football Yearbook via U.S. Mail.



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AMEN Pete!

Stop the whining and complaining and TAKE OWNERSHIP!

I went to LSU undergrad and FIU for two masters. Let me tell you the difference in fanbases is HUGE. One fanbase feels entitled, like everything should be catered to them, they complain all the time, wants free give-aways... and it's not the one from the school with BCS titles and Several championships in other sports.

At LSU (and I know, it's freakin LSU) fans are happy just being around the program, beg to be able to have the CHANCE to buy tickets, are happy with any free give-a-way (which is not many) that is given, and are overall happy at all events (yea, even the sports that their not good at). For a little historical perspective, LSU was TERRIBLE at football before Nick Saban got there, and every other sport has had ups and downs throughout the years.

At FIU, it is baffling to me to see a fanbase and a student body with such a sense of entitlement, like the school owes them something, they act like FIU needs to grovel and beg for a minute of the fans time. It's "give me, give me, give me" and "you suck, this sucks, everything sucks".

Food sucks I'm not going, No band I'm not going, No student +1 I'm not going, No give-a-way I'm not going, No high class concessions I'm not going, The schedule is too easy I'm not going, The schedule is too tough I'm not going, etc etc etc you get the point. IT'S A NEW FREAKIN PROGRAM, be happy you have an oncampus stadium, good coaches, and support the damn program!

- End of rant, i should go take my meds lol

Hey pete, I tried e-mailing you to avail. I didn’t want to spam up you blog but, I am having a charity flag football game at the north Miami Stadium near the FIU North Campus (2555 NE 151 street, Miami fl.) Its 10 dollars to play and you will need a team of 5 to enter. If playing is not your desire you can come watch, general admission is only % dollars and all the profits will go to benefit Haiti.

for more info email me at odhai001@fiu.edu
O’darris D’haiti FIU’s #20

Good post FIUloyal, couldn't have put it better myself. In fact, I was going to post a similar rant on the previous blog but didn't get around to doing it.

It seems ridiculous to me that something as small as food variety would prevent a fan from attending home games. Sure we can demand better choices, but in order to do so first we have to show up to the games. Otherwise, how can you justify the cost when only a few fans are in attendance? Come on folks, let's not make outrageous demands. Or even worse, let's not make excuses not to go! Let's just support our student-athletes!

Thanks Pete! It's too bad that win-a-blog never came to fruition. As much as I dislike Fomenter's general attitude toward FIU, some of his suggestions on improving FIU athletics weren't all that bad.

Thank You FIU LOYAL!!!!

Agree 100% !!! no 900% !!!

Schedule is too hard - we need a band - we need empanadas - we need to GET TO THOSE DAMN GAMES is what we FIU needs! We win some and we will lose some its a sport and we are no UF so dont expect to win every game. GO FIU !

FIUloyal, who are you to come on this blog and berate the FIU fans like that? I know that we ask for a lot, but who cares. If we don't ask we wont receive. We give plenty to this program and this school already, is it so much to ask for a little in return. Seriously, we give them our money and our time and all we get in return is a half ass education (sorry but it is true, for the most part an FIU education in a punchline locally)a way below average athletic program and after we graduate, mailer after mailer begging for more money. Here is an idea, stop begging the students and alumni for money and pay your head coaches less - hell they have not done anything to deserve it anyway (except for maybe Turtle to start this 2010 season.)

The last thing I want to do is come on this blog and read what YOU think about me because I demand better from my school. With all due respect, if you like LSU so much, go back there.

I have to agree with FIUloyal with everything he said. I've been around many students from schools all over the nation, you have no idea how much I envy the pride they all have in their schools. I wish we had more kids like that at FIU.

PantherDog, you can demand all you want, but that "what have you done for me lately?" attitude will get you nowhere. If the student body were to put up it's end of the bargain and actually show some school spirit, then I would agree that the FIU community has to demand more from the school.

Secondly, I'm not sure what your rant about your education is all about. If you don't feel like your education at FIU is adequate then why did you enroll in the first place? At the same time, you have to think about your job placement. For example, there are THOUSANDS of students that graduate from the school of business from FIU alone. There's a ton of competition out there. Don't blame FIU if you're just one of the bunch.

Who am I? how about a two time alum from the the #7 business graduate school in THE COUNTRY. There goes your "half ass education" concept out the window.

I am also a Panther Club donor, a season ticket holder (football, basketball and baseball), and a supporter of the program. Guess what, all those mailers you get from FIU asking for money? I get them too, and I get EVEN MORE from LSU. It is an alums responsability to help his alma mater, specially since without that piece of parchment, you wouldn't be able to get a decent job in this country.

As far as going back to LSU, i will, i go back for 2/3 football games a year, and make it a point to go back for at least 1 baseball series a year. But i live in Miami now, and I am proud to be an FIU alum. Plus, with FIU, I feel like i'm a part of the ground level, the foundation, like i'm helping BUILD a program and I'm not JUST A NUMBER like at other schools.

And sorry Dog, but this is a free an open blog, i respect your opinion but I'm not going to stop posting THE TRUTH, even if it rubs you the wrong way. Stop complaining and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, support your school, your student athletes and YOUR ALMA MATER.

Every one who goes to a university and graduates has to pay the same or more depending were you go, also part of job of the Alummi Associations is to generate funds for the school.
I honestly don't think FIU is a half ass education, depending in your program, every university has strengths and weaknesses.
Yes our athletic program is in an infancy, and everyone who has been around kids know that the earlier the child the more care you have to provide and the more patient you have to be, our Athletic program is an infant who needs our care, our unconditional support.
I have been student at FSU, UF and FIU and other colleges outside Florida, and I can tell you 100 great things and bad things about every school. But bottom line is we need to support our school and putting your school down you are just putting yourself down.
If you are a true fan and like the sport you will watch just to watch the game. If we don't support our athletics is like taking the bottle from a baby and just let him/her pick up crumbs from the floor, I hope you get my point.

PantherDog, sorry to say but you are way off base here. FIU students walk out of FIU with the lowest amount of student loan debt in the country. Then many bad-mouth the university to their friends because it's 'cool' to dis' on FIU. What that really shows is a lack of class and character (seriously).

We are the most selective school in the state. It's time we showed some pride in ourselves and the best way to do that is to get out and support our school at large gatherings.

FIULoyal, great post. I have been a long-time reader here, but have never posted. Whenever I read the posts here I get the impression that there is more than one "Fomenter" here.
As someone who attended FIU in the 90's, I am still thrilled by just the idea of our university playing division 1 football. I know from experience that perspective comes with age, lol, but I am enjoying the building stage. If you are a true fan and followed the program from it's inception, or even from just a concept, then every milepost along the way has been exciting, the first game, first touchdown, first win!
When I attended FIU 15 years ago, just the idea that we would have a team on the same field as Florida or Miami would have blown me away. Ditto if you would have told me that anything FIU was doing would have irritated Miami fans enough to come post to our blog.
Anyone who has followed FIU for more than 5 or 10 years knows how far we have come as a university. The program, as well as this blog, needs more fans like FIULoyal.

FIUFan, some of the comments in your post are the reason FIU is a laughing stock. "FIU students walk out of FIU with the lowest amount of student loan debt in the country" "We are the most selective school in the state" Do you really believe this crap? I go to almost every football game at FIU, and I have been to 1 baseball game this year. I refuse to go to basketball games because I hate our coach, the scumbag, but whatever.

The point of my post was to say that we don't need posts on this blog telling people to go to games, to show spirit, etc etc. The people on this blog are the ones who go to the games, duh. I think FIUloyal is just posting to make himself feel better about himself and honestly, I could care less about how much money he gives... how many times he goes to see LSU play... all his degrees... and whatever else he wants to brag about. Big deal.

Great first post, panther97. Look forward to more of your contributions and perspective of a true FIU fan and grad.

I have to agree in essence with what loyal is saying. I really don't care what the music is, what musice they are playing, how nice or old the facility is....I just go and support FIU. Period. Sure, having a better food selection, a better and new stadium, a better sound system, flat screen tv's all over the stadium, a jumbotron in all stadiums, better staffed ticketing options, etc. etc...would be nice..and it helps, but the bottom line is, you can be a leader in supporting FIU from the beginning, or just a follower once it gets off the ground.

I can only say, I wish to be there when we take off, because I was there when we started and didn't bring that many people. I can't wait for this monster to wake up........

Let me just add two more cents worth, lol. As far as the football program bringing alumni back to campus, it worked in my case. I hadn't stepped foot on University Park since graduation. When I went down to catch a game and check out the new stadium I was under no illusion that it was going to be Doak Campbell or the Swamp.
Still, I thought "Wow! This is pretty nice!", especially considering that we are in our infancy as a program.
I still wear my "Still Undefeated" T-shirt that they sold on campus right after the football program was announced and am always looking for new gear to show support for the university that I invested my time and money in. Can't wait to see what the future has in store for FIU!

There is still a lot of work to do, but there definitely needs to be a change in the mindset of many students and alumni. The mind is where all of this starts.

Mr. PantherDog,

It seems like you dont like FIU very much. Did you have a bad experience? Maybe the same reasons that I despise UM?

FIUFan's comments about FIU students graduating with the lowest debt are not that far off. I have almost $13k in student loans from FIU and one of the my friends has almost $90k from UM. We both graduated in December and have yet to find a job. I believe in better off though because I dont have a huge debt to worry about. Also, FIU has increased its admissions standards considerably, making it one of the most selective schools in FL.

FIULoyal had a good point. I've felt the same way for a while. Many people on here whine and whine about stupid things, like the food, but dont make much of an effort to change things. The food could be better, but the school is not going to invest in concessions if 5 people are coming out to the games. That's just dumb from every standpoint.

What we need to do as a fanbase is go out to the games, support our team and most of all GIVE BACK. Join the Alumni Association, contribute whatever little you can (Im unemployed, but I gave $10) and give our school the resources it needs to succeed.

Now, if anyone can answer this question: What the hell is a "Gazituas"? Google has no answer for me...

Hey Pete, since Fomenter has fallen off the face of the earth and I was in second place, can I get the opportunity to post?

PantherDung your like one of those annoying little kids that run around screaming their heads off at church.

blah blah blah pantherdog stop listening to your boys over at coral gables. Have a little pride in yourself and what you do.

Thanks for you post FIUloyal. I wish we had the athletics twenty years ago as we have now. It seems a good portion of the student body these days are a bunch of whining little girls.

alt, they are referring to the Gazitua family that own Sergio's restaurants. Luis Gazitua played for FIU 2001-2003 (or thereabout) and would be nice if they offered a "hometown" discount to provide their food at our stadium.


Great post. As a VERY proud Alum I have to agree with you 100%. My wife, older son (3years old), and I go to EVERY football game knowing that the outcome can go either way. Im also very happy to know that someone else gets all that mail asking for money, and yes I proudly give what I can all the time..

If you follow FIU athletics (not just football) you would know that we have been very lucky to have some amazing athletes come through our doors.. Which brings me up to my question for all FIU fans.


PETE: Maybe we can post up a survey to see what people truely know about FIU Athletic History!

Go FIU!!

Good idea Gooch, I'll take a stab at it:

10. Dalma Ivanyi (WNBA)
9. Evan Thomas (Pro Baseball)
8. Tyrone Marshall (MLS, Jamaica National Team)
7. Andrea Nagy (WNBA)
6. Carlos Arroyo (NBA)
5. Steve Ralston (MLS, US National Team)
4. Yarimar Rosa (Pro-Volleyball, 4 time AA)
3. Raja Bell (NBA)
2. Antwan Barnes (NFL)
1. Mike Lowell (MLB)

A) Ive been to every baseball game this year.... and B) I only brought up the food thing because to improve what we have would not be that costly and i was trying to come up with something that would attract more fans (and give fans already there a better time).

as for LSU, they dont ask/beg for it because they already get it all, plus 50 times more.


Use common sense, will ya? The reason we FIU fans post on here requesting, in fact begging, for more fans to support athletics is because we're not the only ones posting and reading the comments. As Pete has mentioned before, the folks over at FIU athletics also read this blog and I'm sure they're very interested in knowing what some of the fans think about the direction the athletic programs are headed in.

Equally important is the fact that some fans don't post comments, they just read them. To put it in basic terms for you, we're not just posting for the very same die-hard fans, we're also posting for the casual observer who may have some interest in supporting FIU. In doing so, maybe we can help change the mindset of students and alumni like you. That's the idea at least. I hope that answers your question.

NYCFIUFan - LOL funny post on Fomenter's whereabouts...I agree with you, maybe Pete can let you write the blog.


You Forgot Dwight Stewart all time leading scorer mens basketball and Robin Fraser US National team starter and MLS veteran

c-UM - I don't think anyone was arguing against your idea. I think little things like better food variety would go a long way by enhancing the game day experience.

The issue I have is when fans don't show up simply because we're not yet a power in sports or because they don't sell beer at baseball games, or the hotdogs are too hot, etc. Fans like Kendall and Dog serve to antogonize the progress that FIU has made over the last decade.

Here you go dog...educate yourself:


You're part of the problem here. An uneducated kid who thinks he knows everything, yet really knows nothing. And thinks he can be cool by belittling everyone else...what a punk!

FIUFan - thank for posting those links for us all to see. I especially like the Wiki one. That one shows that the only school less desirable among those with reported applicants was FAU. it is the only school with less applicants. Even more telling was that Miami and like 7000 more applicantsa for half of the total enrollment as FIU. And for State Schools, UF and FSU had like 7000 more applicants and around the same number of total students (more FSU than UF) and even Nova Southeastern had more applicants.

Wow... I have never seen a post backfire as bad as that one. Good job FIUFan.

FIULoyal & Panther97 you guys are FANTASTIC!! Welcome!!! Please post more often your stuff is TRUE and TO THE POINT! As for PantherDog, I don't think the PantherDog thing is even a graduate. Could be an imposter just raking up his own mud!

When discussing greatest FIU athletes EVER, most have been mentioned, however the most accomplished has not. Pat Bradley the Hall-of-Fame women's golfer was the first FIU scholarship athlete to make a splash. She is considered top THREE best of ALL time in her professional sport. She graduated FIU in the early 70's.


Wow...what a coincidence...crazy comes back...Interesting how he can twist the info to try to accomodate his thoughts.

For the record, according to that same wikipedia link he made reference, in Fall 2008, UF had over 52,000 students, while FSU over 41,000. Hardly, especially UF, "around the same number of total students" as FIU (39,000)...I mean...really?

Back to the main point, the truth that hurts for him to accept is that, out of them all, FIU had...not just among the lowest...but the lowest acceptance rate in the state, and the most selective. Period. If you look at 2007, you could see a lot of parallels to Fall 2008 in total number of applications for FIU. However, you can see that entering GPA and ACT scores are consistent with the top in Florida.

When FIU starts getting more and more freshmen applications (which is admittedly needed and lacking some, as compared with the bigger universities in Florida) in the near future (hint: 2009 applicants for Fall was up to 15,978, with a 34.9% acceptance rate), those numbers will still be great...perhaps even better, and there's nothing haters will hate more.


Ahhh...nothing like talking with facts, and not with hatred and fiction.....

Your right FIUFanatic- FIU's 39K+ and FSU 41K+ are not even close.

It is also funny how you fail to address that Miami and Nova, with A LOT less total inrollment had more applicants all while costing thousands more. Please explain why that is.


Please Ignore these c-UM lovers people... They should be more focused on trying to fix jim morris' chin and face. It looks like he can $.hit out of his chin and his face is melting away.

So CC; if over 13,000 applied why were only 4500 accepted? Maybe they knew they had a better chance at ucg or Nova. hmmm.

FIU Loyal, Panther 97 and all other FIU Panther fans that wish to move beyond blogging and get involved in helping push FIU Athletics to the next level, this is your chance.

I am member of a team of committed FIU alumni who will not rest until FIU’s potential is fully realized. If you are a Panther fan and are willing to advocate on behalf of FIU among your personal networks of influence (friends, family, coworkers, passive Panther fans who need a nudge to take action, etc.), then e-mail me now at FIUFAMILY@gmail.com and I’ll let you know how you can get involved today. In your e-mail, give me a few words on your bio, relationship to FIU, why you believe you can help the cause and your contact info.

All that is required is your passion and participation. No money, just your time and willingness to advocate. We have six months before we pack the cage for Rutgers football. Enough with giving CrazyCane, Panther Dog and the rest of the haters our time and energy. Let’s get to work. E-mail me now at FIUFAMILY@gmail.com and join the rest of us Panther maniacs who bleed the gold and blue of FIU.

As always, Go Panthers!

panther dog, if our education is so bad then go elsewhere, CLEARLY it's been shown that our education is top notch. speak with facts and not opinions.

CrazyCane, numbers don't lie, I agree with FIUFan, it further proves our point that we have less applicants and we still have a lower acceptance rate.

I'm a proud panther and it baffles me how most of our student body is unhappy to be @ fiu, it's basic ignorance b/c nobody knows how good FIU is (other than a few people), I love FIU not b.c of the administration but b/c of the people I met and the great professors who've made me a better person and professional.

If you're so unhappy seriously transfer out.

FIUFan - good links that prove FIU is the most selective university in the state, no denying that.

Does anyone know why the freshman class is only 4,482, but the total enrollment is over 39,000? That doesnt add up. Are there tons of transfer students? Does the 4482 freshman number only include full time students and the total enrollment includes part-time? Just curious because that doesnt make sense.

FIUloyal is spot on. Several times people on here, me included, have talked about people needing to take OWNERSHIP of the school and its athletic program. Every university asks its alums to donate, and anyone who thinks otherwise is delusional. I have pointed out time and time again that the average major university athletic program, your SEC, Big 10, Big 12, ACC, PAC 10 schools receiver about $100 per alum per year. If each living FIU alum contributed that amount to athletics we'd have a $36 million budget, on par with most teams in the Big East. If you want a winning program you need to show up, you need to contribute and you need to get involved.

Mr. Jimmy,

Students transfer in their second and third years so that inflates the numbers a little. Also, and I dont want to mention this, but some people may take an extra semester or two to graduate so that also adds to the number. This is not exclusive to FIU though. Research any school and you will see that their incoming freshman class to overall student population ratio is large.

As for the $36 million budget, that is way too generous. I know we have over 100k alumni, but there is no way that FIU contacts each and every one. I would probably use 75,000 alumni as a conservative estimate and base your calculations off of that.

FIU: As expected, Dartmouth assistant Cedric Calhoun accepted the defensive line job at FIU. Also, we hear Juan Navarro has joined the FIU staff as a defensive assistant.

FIU Loyal, Panther 97 and all other FIU Panther fans that wish to move beyond blogging and get involved in helping push FIU Athletics to the next level, this is your chance.

I am member of a team of committed FIU alumni who will not rest until FIU’s potential is fully realized. If you are a Panther fan and are willing to advocate on behalf of FIU among your personal networks of influence (friends, family, coworkers, passive Panther fans who need a nudge to take action, etc.), then e-mail me now at FIUFAMILY@gmail.com and I’ll let you know how you can get involved today. In your e-mail, give me a few words on your bio, relationship to FIU, why you believe you can help the cause and your contact info.

All that is required is your passion and participation. No money, just your time and willingness to advocate. We have six months before we pack the cage for Rutgers football. Enough with giving CrazyCane, Panther Dog and the rest of the haters our time and energy. Let’s get to work. E-mail me now at FIUFAMILY@gmail.com and join the rest of us Panther maniacs who bleed the gold and blue of FIU.

As always, Go Panthers!

Maybe it should have been the top 20 athletes from FIU sports. I agree, Dwight Stewart and Pat Bradley both Hall of Fame individuals with FIU should have been mentioned

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