Still another 2 months and 10 days before FIU and Rutgers kickoff the 2010 season, but the Panthers report for off-season conditioning on Wednesday when Summer B begins at the university.
Class 5A All-State kicker Dylan Lynch (Fletcher High and Jake Medlock's teammate) has joined FIU. Last year, Lynch made 5 field goals of 52 yards or more.
Lynch (right) is now 1 of 4 kickers vying for the FIU job along with JG and former Florida Atlantic kicker Michael Cal. Former U.S. Army All-American kicker and Homestead High's Julio Moraga is enrolled at FIU and is expected to join the Panthers as well.
Might be some more new players joining the team and when they are confirmed I will have them here for you.
If you haven't seen this GW mini-documentary done by FIU's External Relations, then check it out HERE
Pretty nifty video and narrator Bill Beesting provides a Ernie Harwell-esque voiceover to the piece.
Attention: FIU football alumni, if you have any interesting anecdotes you would like to contribute to the story on the history of FIU football that I'm writing for the Sun Belt Conference's football 10-year anniversary magazine, you can send me an e-mail and we'll talk about it.
I have already spoken with many of you alum, but I'm all ears if any of you that I have not contacted have some stories to add. Thanks.
To the GPP readers, thank you for the ideas and suggestions. They have been really helpful.
I've got plenty to get to in the program's 8+ year history. Everything from the flyover plane in the Orange Bowl to the brawl to the new stadium and fieldhouse to the emergence of the solid recruiting classes of the past few years will be covered in the story. Good thing, it's a magazine article, because the space will be needed.
chiapanther: Pete, This is why you are the man. How about a poll question....Which Athletic program will see it's best turn around (or will have the most successful season) on the Next Athletic Year (Aug. 2010 to June 2011? Football, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, W/M Tennis, W/M Soccer, W Golf. Pete, you're welcomed to SECTION 112.
PP: Your wish is my command, check out and vote on the poll questions below the Pawse. And I'll take you up on your offer and swing by Section 112 and same goes for FIUJM.
SouthPaw: Pete, anything new on the football scholarship front? Curious to know if there are any new walk-ons expected for the Fall?
PP: Besides the new kickers, there are some new, big players expected to join the team later on. When it is official I will have it for you right here.
ThePerfectFan: Can we have a roster from Summer Ball, I mean like to know where every player is at, so that we may follow them?
PP: Working on that. Will try and get it on here as soon as I can.
Now to chiapanther's poll question. I need to split the question into men and women's teams, because the maximum number of answers per poll question allowed by the poll program is 10 and FIU has 13 teams.
So tell me which FIU men's team will have the best season in the coming athletic year (2010-11) and then which women's team will be the most successful in the next year? Vote and post your comments why. Thanks.