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And so it begins; Thomas watch; TV update

Hi everybody,

First and foremost, I would like to introduce myself. I am Justin Azpiazu and starting today (July 28) I will be taking over Pete Pelegrin’s duties covering FIU sports on Golden Panthers Prowl.

As many of you know, Pete left The Miami Herald last week. Personally, I feel, Pete and I were always friendly in the newsroom and I want to wish him the best of luck in his new endeavors.

I know Pete built GPP from the ground up and I want to promise to readers that I will cover FIU with the same vigor.

FIU beat writer Adam Beasley and I are very excited for this coming sports year. GPP fans please don’t fear, we will not disappoint you.

Please feel free to ask questions or suggest story ideas in the comment section. Adam or I will answer them as quickly as possible.

That being said, lets get started.

Isiah Thomas watch

Still no word on what, if anything, will happen with Thomas. After a flurry of activity a few days ago (including a story by Beasley and Barry Jackson link here about it) things have settled down.

FIU football TV update

FIU season opener on Saturday, September 11th against Rutgers will air on ESPN+  pay-per-view and ESPN3.com (formally ESPN360.com). As of right now, the only other games on TV will be Western Kentucky (Oct. 9) and at North Texas (Oct. 16). Both will be on the Sun Belt Network. According to Media Relations Coordinator Ivan Irizarry both games might get picked up locally by CSS. 

Response to comments

Guys and gals, thanks for the kind words. All Beasley and I are asking is for you guys to give us a chance. I want to try and make the transition as smooth as possible. I don't plan on changing the blog much, but I am going to give it my own personal flavor. If anyone has any ideas for the blog, feel free to share. I hope everybody is ready for football season.

@2006PA I was born and raised in Miami (Westchester) a few blocks away from FIU. I graduated Columbus in 2001 and am still working on finishing college. Most of my family graduated from FIU, so I have a pretty good understanding of the school.

@Gpantera Will do. Thanks.

@SouthPaw Several stories came out of New York a few days before Le Batard's tweet. A reader asked in a previous post if there were any updates on Thomas. Also Thomas still has not confirmed or denied the story. Hope that answers your question.

@SouthPaw I grew up in Miami and follow ALL South Florida teams (most of them on facebook). As for the school part, I DO NOT go or have ever gone to UM. Also, I have about six years of journalism experience.

 @Fiu panthers Yes on the fall camp. I plan on going to all home games. Beasley will travel to away games.

@Trueblue I applied for the job. I think FIU is going to do big things in the future. 

@SouthPaw Yes I am a Canes fan and a FIU fan and a Heat fan and a Dolphins fan. I hope all Miami teams do well. Currently I am not attending school. I have gotten a lot of good opportunities at the Herald and I am trying to focus on my career. Getting back to the Thomas thing. The main reason Le Batard's tweet was followed with a story was because it was true. Thomas was in New York and did meet with the Knicks. Also Thomas never denied the story. 

@FIUFan Thanks

@Southpaw Yes I am friends with Manny, we work together. That's not a bad story idea. For whatever it's worth, I was also ecstatic when the Heat signed LeBron James. I haven't been to a UM game as a fan in years. I filled in for Manny on short notice and live blogged the Miami-Clemson game last year (work related).  

@roary Nice Scarface reference

@Southpaw That is all I can ask for, a shot to win you guys over.

@roary I don't even want to know what that is.

OK guys, that was a productive first day. I hope you guys got to know me a little.

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