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November 18, 2010

Florida State-FIU Men's Hoops LIVE BLOG

True college basketball feel for FIU's biggest home game of the year.

The Panthers (3-0) host Florida State (2-0) in an expected full house at U.S. Century Bank Arena.

The upper-level seats are open. Celebrities could make an appearance. Should be fun.

Tipoff is 7 p.m.

Join the conversation here or on Twitter. Follow me at @AdamHBeasley.

Q&A with FIU offensive coordinator Scott Satterfield

First off, what are your thoughts on Louisiana-Lafayette?

“Well, they’re a good defense, I think, once soon as you turn it on. I think if you look at their stars, they haven’t done as well as they would have liked, but they made a lot of plays defensively. They’ve had a few injuries in the secondary which have hurt them a little bit, but their two corners are two of their better corners in the conference. They play every snap. They’ve played the entire season. Number 5 [Bill Bentley] and number 2 [Orkeys Auriene]. Those guys are really good players. They lock down most receivers on the outside. They rotate a lot of players up front up front, defensive line-wise, so you’re not going to really wear those guys down. They’ve got speed at linebacker. They lead the league in interceptions, although we’ve done a good job with that. It’s going to be a big challenge for us. We’re coming off a good win last week, so the challenge is being able to regain focus and continue doing what we had last week.

Their run defense has been exposed from time to time. Coming off your huge week last week, it wouldn’t be a stretch to think you’re going to run the ball again, right?

“That’s what we’re gong to try to do, regardless. We feel like we have to be able to run the football to give ourselves the best chance to win. Whether or not they’ve given up yards on not, rushing the football, that’s what we’re going to try to do. Obviously, we’ve got some weapons on the outside, with some of our receivers, so we’re going to take advantage of that, as well. We’ve got to be able to run the football to give ourselves a chance to win.”

Satterfield
When the season started, did you think you would be this good at running the football?


“You never know. We practice hard every week. We get a lot out of our guys. We’ve been doing it since Aug. 4, or whenever we started the season. We started out a little slow. We played a couple of teams that were pretty good defensively at the start of the season. But we never stopped trying to run the ball. We continued to try to do it those first four games, and against a couple of those guys we had some good rushing days. Our offensive line kind of gelled, and meshed and we got the right guys in there. Early on in the season, we were shuffling some guys up front because of injuries. But over the last four, five weeks, we’ve had a pretty good, solid core of guys up front. And we’ve rotated our backs pretty well. We’ve had a few injuries there, but it seems like whoever gets the call, comes in there and runs the football. They’ve really answered the bell and done a great job for us.”

It seems to me that you’re really not running anything a whole lot different than you have been all year. You’re just running it better. Am I right?

“Offensively, it’s a pretty simple deal what we’re doing. We try to get in few different formations, but they’re pretty much the same running plays. We just have to execute. We know that our guys that have to get on blocks, we have to maintain our blocks, and our running backs are realizing where they’re supposed to be hitting hole. That makes all the difference in the world. Once you understand where the ball’s supposed to be hitting, and you’re on the same page with your O-line and your running backs, that’s when you start getting some good plays.”

How much better does running the football make Wes Carroll as a quarterback?

“Anytime you can run the football, I don’t care who the quarterback is, it’s going to help you out. When you’re able to run the ball, teams are going to have to commit an extra guy down in the box. When that happens, you’re going to leave Ellingson and T.Y. and guys like that on the outside one-on-one. And when you leave them one-on-one, the quarterback at that point has to become an accurate passer. And give those guys a chance on the outside. Last week that we had three deep balls on the outside to Ellingson, we ended up hitting one of them, and Greg probably had an opportunity on the other two balls, which were slightly underthrown. We’ve got to be able to hit those balls whenever those opportunities are presented. But it certainly helps the quarterback tremendously when we can move the ball. He’s the biggest fan once he hands it off. He’s got the best view in the house.”

FIU-FSU Men's Basketball -- TONIGHT

When/Where: 7 p.m.; U.S. Century Bank Arena
TV/radio: FIUSports.com
Twitter: @AdamHBeasley, @FIUAthletics
Game previews: Miami Herald, NolesSports.com
Of note: FIU goes for its first three-game winning streak since 2007-08 against the undefeated Seminoles. ... Eric Frederick's 18.5 points per game lead the Panthers, while DeJuan Wright is averaging 16 points and 12.5 rebounds off the bench. ... The Panthers are 0-8 all-time against Florida State, including an 82-62 loss last season.

November 17, 2010

Lower-level seats for FSU-FIU sold out

Think there's some excitement for Thursday night's FIU-Florida State game at the U.S. Century Bank Arena?

All lower bowl seats have been sold, the university announced Wednesday night, but upper-level tickets do still remain.

Remaining tickets, which go for $10 a seat, are available here.

Tip off is 7 p.m. Here's my game advance.

Cristobal on Louisiana-Lafayette's offense

Busy, busy times on Southwest Eighth Street.

Much, much more on this weekend's game against Lafayette in the hours and days to come, but first some thoughts from Mario Cristobal on the Ragin Cajuns.

Overview of ULL:

"Physical, athletic, fast. One of the best tight ends in the country (Ladarius Green). I know he was just nominated for the Mackey Award. Real athletic at quarterback, a guy with a tremendous arm. A guy that accounted for 350 of their 430 yards last week against FAU. Lot of pressure on defense, lots of movement. A very explosive secondary, they make a lot of plays, pick off a lot of balls. They’re an impressive football team. We’re going to a place where we’ve never won before. Obviously, we have to continue to make sure that our preparation, week in and week out, is our very best, and we start out with a very big week of practice Monday, carrying through yesterday."

On ULL quarterback Blaine Gautier

"Athletic, explosive, great runner, great thrower, great high school athlete. Has waited his turn. It’s come about. Probably in a situation he wasn’t expecting, but it did happen. Thought he did a great job last week. He found a way to get the ball to Ladarious Green. He found a way to make a play on that final drive of the game and almost converted that two-point conversion in his first start. He’s settled in. He’s a dynamic player in our minds, because he is so explosive. He can do it with his feet, he can do it with his arm. He reads the field well. The offensive line is big and physical. They do a great job in the running game. They pound the ball, they go inside and outside zone with that. That’s their personality, to be aggressive on offense, and we expect them to be just as aggressive with Gautier in there."

More to come ...

Gautier

November 16, 2010

New Orleans Bowl official to attend FIU-ULL

FIU's critical game Saturday at Louisiana-Lafayette isn't just an opportunity for the Panthers to close in on their first conference crown.

It's also a chance to impress the New Orleans Bowl, which will have a representative at the game to get an up-close look at the Panthers.

The Miami Herald has learned that the bowl game, held on Dec. 18, has FIU on its radar, and the Panthers would be considered if they become bowl eligible.

The New Orleans Bowl has first choice of Sun Belt Conference teams, but does not necessarily need to take its champion. But if FIU gets to 6-6, it would be assured to play in either the New Orleans Bowl or the GoDaddy.com Bowl in Mobile.

Isiah, Wright and Frederick on FIU's win over Barry

Here's my game story from FIU's 69-54 victory over the Barry Buccaneers Monday.

Some quotes that didn't make the papaer ...

Isiah Thomas on his halftime message:

"I just told them to trust the things we believe in. We practice every day and need to get back to playing the way we practice. If we play the way that we practice, we can be a pretty good basketball team. But when we deviate from the things that we practice every day, then we’re not that good."

Thomas on Marvin Roberts:

"I was more impressed with his game than anybody’s game. He was really struggling offensively. He did not have a good offensive game going. But he found a way to contribute to the team. For a scorer to do that, that’s big. Most of the guys that score the basketball the way that Marvin likes to score, they don’t play the rest of the game. But I thought the way he rebounded the basketball, he ended up with eight rebounds tonight, those rebounds were very good."

Thomas on the team's poor shooting:

"You’re not going to shoot well every night. Some nights, you’re not going to shoot it well. The thing you can always do well is defend. When you’re not shooting it well, and you’re not having a good offensive game, your defense can always carry you. If your offense kicks in, then you’re able to pull away, and win the game by 15. For the most part, offense comes and goes. But the defense remains constant."

Eric Frederick on scoring in the post:

"I kept going down there, kept begging for the ball. My teammates were giving it to me. I did what I could. I kept on saying, ‘Come on, I need everybody. I can’t do it by myself.’ So DeJuan picked it up. Jeremy picked it up. Marv a little bit The whole team, Phil. That’s what we’re going to do the whole year. We can’t come out flat like that ever again.  If we would have lost to Barry, no disrespect, but I would have been upset."

DeJuan Wright why the team struggled early:

"We’ve got to come ready to play. I don’t think we really came ready to play today in the first half. Like Eric said, we can’t ever start a game like that again, especially against a team like Florida State. If we get down against Florida State, it’s going to be tough to climb the mountain. But if we play good defense, solid defense, we win the battle on the boards and we execute, we have a good chance of winning."

Early signing period ends Wednesday

Still no word from FIU hoops if any of the program's recruits will sign letters of intent during the early period, but all indications are this will be a relatively quiet period -- likely by choice.

Should Wednesday's deadline pass with few or no signed commitments, it's not necessary a cause for concern. The Panthers, who with a slew of seniors and now Phil Taylor's scholarship to fill, might be holding their fire until the spring signing period, so they give themselves every opportunity to go after the top prospects.

We'll know for certain as of close of business tomorrow. Names to keep an eye on: Darnell Harris, Chris Coleman and Yvan Ngirabakunzi -- all of whom have made verbal commitments to FIU.

November 15, 2010

FIU recruit Taylor enrolls in prep school

Point guard Phil Taylor, who had signed to play with FIU this fall but was deemed ineligible by the NCAA, withdrew his commitment to the Panthers and has enrolled at CJEOTO prep school in New Jersey.

FIU head coach Isiah Thomas confirmed Taylor's status following FIU's 69-54 win over Barry Saturday night, although he declined to comment on the situation in accordance to NCAA rules.

Talyor is on CJEOTO's active roster, and will likely re-enter the pool of eligible collegiate players next fall.

Barry-FIU Men's Hoops LIVE BLOG

Good evening from the U.S. Century Bank Arena, where FIU (1-0) has a final non-Division I tuneup against Barry (0-1) before getting into the meat of its non-conference schedule against Florida State Thursday.

Join the conversation here or follow along on Twitter: @AdamHBeasley

You won't get play-by-play, but you will get updates on big runs, great dunks and scoring updates.

Tipoff is 7 p.m.

 

Game-time set for FIU-Arkansas State

With a win Saturday at Lafayette, Florida International would return home Nov. 27 with a chance to clinch the school's first-ever conference title and bowl berth against Arkansas State.

Sounds like a game of the week, no?

That's what the Sun Belt Network thought too, electing to televise what would be the biggest home game in school history. For those of you that don't go to the game (and really, what excuse could you have not to?), it will be shown locally on CSS.

Kickoff is 3:30 p.m.

If 7,000 students show up, you can be sure the camera crews will find President Mark Rosenberg at some point.

FIU's Gaitor: Sun Belt Defensive Player Of the Week

From the 'It Would Have Been A Crime If It Went To Someone Else' File, Anthony Gaitor has been named the Sun Belt's defensive player of the week for his lockdown coverage of Troy's Jerrel Jernigan in FIU's 52-35 victory Saturday.

Gaitor limited Jernigan, a front runner for the conference's offensive player of the year, to 10 catches for 32 yards -- surely vaulting himself into the debate for the Sun Belt's top defender of the 2010 debate.

North Texas' Lance Dunbar took home the weekly offensive awards for his 226-yard day in UNT's upset of Middle Tennessee.

BASKETBALL TONIGHT: Barry at FIU Men

When: Monday at 7 p.m.

Where: U.S. Century Bank Arena

TV/Radio: FIUSports.com

Twitter: @AdamHBeasley, @FIUAthletics

FIU Game Notes

Of note: The Golden Panthers, who defeated Florida Memorial 89-73 in Friday's season opener, go for their first two-game winning streak since last November. Guard DeJuan Wright led all scorers with 21 points off the bench against the Lions. ... Barry, a Division II team, plays for the second straight day after losing to Memorial 68-65 Sunday.

November 14, 2010

FIU-Troy Postgame Quotes

FIU coach Mario Cristobal

On his reaction to the 52-35 victory:

We point out to our guys that Troy is 17-1 at home and that they are a great football team and have dominated the conference for a while, so we knew that this was going to be a true test of wills. We talked to our guys about trying to dominate each and every player and to understand that this is a team, that if you hit them in the mouth, they’re going to hit you right back. So expect that and expect yourself to respond. As the game continued to go on and on we did a good job of keeping pressure on them and staying ahead on the score board by a couple scores and causing them to throw the ball around a little
bit, and they did a good job of it. Our defense did a real good job tightening up and forcing turnovers and capitalizing on all but one of the turnovers, and that ended up being the difference.

On the threat of Troy scoring late:

[The score] was always really close to me because we know what they [TROY] can do. They had one scoring drive in I believe 31 seconds and that’s the nature of their offense; a great quarterback, great offensive line, and guys that can make something happen. Jerrel Jernigan is obviously a guy you have to target because he’s a great player and they use him phenomenally well. There is so much credit to go around its hard to pin point one guy. The staff as well especially for preparation for a game like this being on the road, and this is a tough place to play. Hats off to our guys across the board. If you look at the guys who made plays you would run out of room on your pad.

On FIU’s position at the top of the Sun Belt:

I wouldn’t say we’re the number one team [in the conference]. if we do have the lead in terms of conference place right now its fine but it means nothing. That’s an excited locker room right now but we talked about when we get on the bus we’re going to be excited and when we’re on that airplane we’re going to be excited, but when that plane lands in Miami, our focus has to turn to ULL, because if not all of this will have been for nothing.

On the potential for a conference title:

Honestly, we want to stay away from talking about crowns and just talk about the next step. That’s just our process and what we have to do. This is a huge step in what we want to do as far as building a program. We have a young offensive and defensive line, but soon we will have a more complete roster.

On the significance of the win:

I have to believe that this is the biggest win in program history. It’s a tribute to everyone in that locker room to find a way to continue to keep pressing on and fighting.

On running the reverse:

The play some man and do a good job of mixing up their coverages. It didn’t work every time. They do a great job of disguising their coverages. But when we hit them our tackles and our H-back executed perfect blocks. If you give T.Y. space, he’ll make it go.

On the rushing yards:

This offensively line has a bunch of pride. Coach Mirabal has done a phenomenal job with them. I wish you could have tailed them through the course of the summer to see what they’ve done. A ton of pride, a ridiculous work ethic. The running backs run hard. It’s not real flashy. But it’s helping us get better.

On the running backs:

We had had Boswell and comfortable with Seymour. Hopefully next week, we’ll get either Kedrick or Harden back. That’ll help us getting better.

On the Gatorade shower:

Uncalled for. Completely uncalled for. A complete setup. Luckily, there’s film, and hopefully we’ll be able to find the person who did that and return the favor. You always expect it, but you can’t look for it. And sure enough. I’ll tell you what, it really gets you.

I want to emphasize how proud we are of these football players. They’ve been through a lot and the day is theirs.

Wesley Carroll

On the rushing yards:

Unbelievable. The game ball, in my opinion, has to go to that offensive line. They got after it from the very first play. We rushed for over 400 yards, that’s unbelievable. That’s a big step in this program’s tradition, and we’ve got to continue that. We traditionally haven’t been able to run the ball, but the O-line opened up some holes and our running backs ran extremely hard.

We kept pounding it, kept pounding it. That’s what we talked about all week, that’s where we win the game. Those guys wanted it. Every lineman wanted them to run behind their hole.

On helping make a tradition at FIU:

Beating ULM for the first time since Coach Cristobal’s been here was awesome, and now beating Troy. It’s just speaking volumes of where this program has come from, as far as victories. Winning those big-time games. We’ve been in big-time games, but now we’re finishing in the fourth quarter, in overtime. It’s a big, big game next week, ULL there. That’s a big traditional school. We really have to play like we did tonight and have another successful night.

On the team’s bowl chances:

There are still three games left, and we’re not worried about the last game, the second to last game. We’re worried about this game. It’s the biggest game of the year. We have got to take care of business, take care of ULL.

It doesn’t matter. We still have three games left. We feel like the Sun Belt’s a great conference, because it’s whoever comes to play. Whoever shows up that day is who’s going to come home victorious.

Anybody can win any game in the Sun Belt. Every team is hungry, every team wants to get after it.

On how he threw the ball:

I feel like I threw it pretty well. Guys got open. Greg got off man-to-man, running backs hit that screen. A couple of real good play calls., the film study was right on with what they were doing. We put up 52 points against a great defense.

Ash Parker

On the significance of the win:

It’s very big. It’s a big boost for our program. We’re leading the Sun Belt, but we can’t let this get to our head. We have to enjoy it, but as soon as get back to Miami, our focus is on our next one.

On the program’s huge turnaround:

The past humbles you, and makes you appreciate the things you have now. It’s not easy losing all those games, but you learn a lesson through the process. Cristobal did a great job of taking a focus off the losing, and getting better.

On how the defense played:

That’s a great offense we played against right there. No. 3 is a great talent, but our impact players did better than their impact players. T.Y. did a great job.

We didn’t play as well as we wanted to, because we didn’t shut them out. That’s our goal every game, keep them from scoring.

Turnovers are great. When we didn’t get the turnovers, we struggled a little bit, like we did against FAU. But when we get turnovers, it motivates the offense, motivates that defense.

T.Y. Hilton

On how the offense played:

We had a phenomenal game all-around. Offense, defense, special teams. Everybody came together. We bought into the program and executed it out there The O-line stepped up incredibly. We all bought into it.

On breaking the FIU’s all-time TDs record:

It feels good, especially with these group of guys. Everything from the offseason to now, it’s paying out.

Significance of the win:

It’s real big. You should see the locker room. They haven’t lost here in I don’t know how many years, especially on homecoming. Biggest win, and we’re ready to do more.

Darriet Perry

On how the offense played:

We just went out there and played. We didn’t know it was coming. But we had a feeling that it was going to happen. We saw on film they had a lot of gaps in their defense. And we could take advantage of it.

Our offensive worked hard, they go out there and practice hard every day. I think we can beat anybody with our running game.

If the first touchdown set the tone:

I don’t think they expected it, but we just went out there and executed and did the best we could do.

On playing in Homecoming:

Maybe they’ll stop picking us for homecoming from now on. Don’t like it, but you just have to go out there and play. I don’t think nothing else is better than [silencing the crowd], and letting them know where here to play our game.

November 13, 2010

FIU-Troy LIVE BLOG

The game of the year (so far) is here, sports fans. Troy (5-3, 4-1) hosts FIU (3-5, 3-1) in a de facto Sun Belt Conference title game.

Kickoff is 3:30 p.m. Live bloggin' begins five minutes before.

Also, I'll be providing postgame updates via Twitter. So, if you're not already, go ahead and follow me at @AdamHBeasley.

Should be a good one ...

 

No word yet on early signings

A little hoops news (or non-news, as the case may be) as we await kickoff for FIU-Troy.

Midway through the early-signing period, it doesn't sound like any of FIU's commits have yet to put pen to paper.

FIU's athletic department has yet to announce any signings since the weeklong early period began on Wednesday.

Those to keep an eye on: small forward Darnell Harris and center Chris Coleman -- both of Christian Life Center Academy (Texas) -- and Piney Woods School (Miss.) big-man Yvan Ngirabakunzi.

The Panthers, who rolled past Florida Memorial 89-73 in their opener Friday, face Barry on Monday.

November 12, 2010

FIU Men's, Women's Basketball open seasons TONIGHT

Yes, it's November. Yes, we're a day away from the biggest football game in school history.

But who says we can't chew gum and rub our stomachs at the same time? Or is it walk and pat our heads? Always get those confused.

Anywho, two games tonight -- One at the Bank, the other in the Lone Star State.

FIU Women face No. 2 Baylor, while the men host NAIA's Florida Memorial.

Here's my take on the men.

Here's FIUSports.com's preview of the women.

Of course, I'm in Troy for that other game going on this weekend. Big weekend for the Golden Panthers.

November 11, 2010

Q&A with FIU offensive coordinator Scott Satterfield

Can you give us a scouting report of Troy?

“When you first throw on tape, the first thing is they’re very aggressive. They’ve got some great athletes that can run. All across the board. The D-Tackles, the D-Ends, all their linebackers, of course their secondary. That’s the one thing they can do, run. They fly to the football, a very aggressive defense, and create a lot of turnovers. Just a very impressive defense, from what I’ve seen. I played Troy back when I was at Appalachian State back in 2000 in the playoffs, and they haven’t changed much. They’ve got some guys who can play. They’re a very aggressive team. And it’s always tough to play at their place.”

Their offense is No. 1 statistically in the league. Do you feel like you might have to win a shootout Saturday?

“Well, I have no idea. All we can control offensively is try to go out there and get first downs and touchdowns. We take it one play at a time, and see what happens. If it dictates where we have to score, just like last week against Monroe, we had to score 42 to win the game. If it takes 7 or it takes 47, we have to score as many as we need to win the game. I know this: In watching the film, if their opponents have to punt or turn it over, when you click back on the scoreboard, Troy’s already scored. You don’t want to get behind like that. We’ve got to take each possession that we have and at least get some points out of it.”

A lot of times, teams facing a high-octane offense will try control the clock. But that isn’t really the identity of this team, is it?

“No. And I don’t think you can worry about that, because some teams will score in a minute, minute and a half. Other teams will grind it out, six, seven, eight-minute drives. I think, offensively, you have to do what you do and try to get points. I just know a team averaging 33 points a game, they’re obviously going to get in the end zone some. We’ve got to take each possession and try to at least get points. We want to get touchdowns, but at least get three.”

Do you think your guys are playing as well offensively as they have all year?

“Well I think, offensively, we did last week. We ran the football well and made some big plays in the passing game. That’s kind of what we’d like to do. We were pretty balanced. We wouldn’t want to be lopsided, one side or the other. I think, in order for us to be effective offensively, we have to be able to run the football, but we have some guys that can make some plays in the passing game, so they’ve got to make some plays and score some big touchdowns. It happened finally last week. We got some big plays in the passing game, and got done what we needed to get done.”

When you’ve got a guy like T.Y. Hilton, it helps a little bit, doesn’t it?

“Yeah, he finally made some big plays for us. He’s made some plays for us in the passing game in some games and not gotten the whole way to the end zone. He had a good game at FAU, and we didn’t score though. We challenged him last week, ‘Hey, when you catch the football, you need to get in the end zone.’ He made some big plays for us, a couple of touchdowns in the passing game out here last Saturday. That’s what we expect out of him all year, and that’s what we’ve got to continue to get.”

There’s been a lot of conversation about deciding to throw late in the fourth quarter. What was the thinking on that play?

“We felt like we had to score some points throughout the whole game, and when you get in that situation right there, the ball’s on the right hash, we had just come out of a timeout and we were like, ‘Let’s take a shot right here.’ They had been playing a lot of man. It was a mesh route. If it was there, take it. If not, throw it out of bounds. They happened to drop a defensive end on the back end over there. Obviously, if we had to do it over it again, we would have ran the football and kicked it.’ But if we would have scored a touchdown on that play, everybody would have gone crazy, we would have won the game. But that’s football. You call the plays and kids have to execute them. Sometimes coaches mess up, sometimes players do. We’re just fortunate that our defense was able to make a pick and we were able to finish it. If nothing else, it builds character.”

What’s it like being part of this conference chase?

“I try not to look at the big part of it. I just look at trying to get a first down. That’s really all I try do. We’re preparing right now to do whatever we can do to get first downs on Troy. If you’re doing that every game, at the end of season, hopefully it’ll take care of itself and you’ll have a successful season. I don’t look at the overall picture is. I know how big it is, especially when you’re playing in this conference. I feel like this conference is as competitive as any, top to bottom. You can lose them all, you can win them all. Probably somewhere in between is where everybody lies. You have to take it in increments, step-by-step, game-by-game, play-by-play, and hopefully just do the best you can and hope your best is good enough.”

I'm Dreaming Of A Warm Christmas

Speculation time, boys and girls.

Let's play "Which Bowl Game Do You Want FIU To Attend?"

With the way the Sun Belt Conference is flushing out, there's a pretty good likelihood that FIU would be one of three bowl-eligible conference teams, if the Panthers get to 6-6. The others, in my estimation, will be Troy and Arkansas State (with Middle Tennessee still a strong possibility, considering the Raiders finish with UNT, WKU, FAU and FIU, and ULM still an outside shot).

With possibly more bowl games than eligible teams, 6-6 is looking awfully likely like enough to get in, and if two Big Ten teams make a BCS bowl, the Little Caesars in Detroit (yes, Detroit), would be on the table. Of course, the bowls with Sun Belt commitments are the New Orleans Bowl and the GoDaddy.com (formally GMAC) Bowl.

Other possibilities include St. Pete Bowl and Compass Bowl in Birmingham.

Personally, the idea of driving four fours West a few days before Christmas is the most appealing to me. But playing after New Year's (as is the case with GoDaddy.com) might be best for the program. One thing we can all agree on, right? No Motown.

Thoughts?

November 10, 2010

FIU baseball schedule released

More to come soon, but wanted to get this out as soon as I got it. The news of the day: Garrett Wittels will try to break Robin Ventura's 58-game hitting streak against the mighty Lions of Southeast Louisiana the weekend of Feb. 18-20.

Friday, February 18 SELU Miami, Fla. 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 19 SELU Miami, Fla. 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 20 SELU Miami, Fla. 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 23 St. Thomas University Miami, Fla. 6:00 p.m.
Friday, February 25 Mississippi Valley St. Miami, Fla. 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 26 Mississippi Valley St. Miami, Fla. 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 26 Mississippi Valley St. Miami, Fla. 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 27 Mississippi Valley St. Miami, Fla. 1:00 p.m.
Monday, February 28 Rhode Island Miami, Fla. 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 2 Northeastern Miami, Fla. 6:00 p.m.
Friday, March 4 Seton Hall Miami, Fla. 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 5 Seton Hall Miami, Fla. 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 6 Seton Hall Miami, Fla. 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 9 at Rice Houston, Texas 6:30 p.m.
Friday, March 11 at Texas A&M College Station, Texas 6:35 p.m.
Saturday, March 12 at Texas A&M College Station, Texas 2:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 13 at Texas A&M College Station, Texas 1:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 15 at Baylor Waco, Texas 6:00 p.m.
Friday, March 18 at Florida Atlantic * Boca Raton, Fla. 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 19 at Florida Atlantic * Boca Raton, Fla. 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 20 at Florida Atlantic * Boca Raton, Fla. 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 22 at North Florida Jacksonville, Fla. 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 23 at North Florida Jacksonville, Fla. 4:00 p.m.
Friday, March 25 WKU * Miami, Fla. 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 26 WKU * Miami, Fla. 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 27 WKU * Miami, Fla. 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 30 at Tulane New Orleans, La. 6:00 p.m.
Friday, April 1 at ULM * Monroe, La. 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 2 at ULM * Monroe, La. 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 3 at ULM * Monroe, La. 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 5 Bethune-Cookman Miami, Fla. 6:00 p.m.
Friday, April 8 at Troy * Troy, Ala. 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 9 at Troy * Troy, Ala. 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 10 at Troy * Troy, Ala. 1:00 p.m.
Friday, April 15 Louisiana * Miami, Fla. 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 16 Louisiana * Miami, Fla. 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 17 Louisiana * Miami, Fla. 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 19 Florida Memorial Miami, Fla. 6:00 p.m.
Friday, April 22 at UALR * Little Rock, Ark. 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 23 at UALR * Little Rock, Ark. 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 24 at UALR * Little Rock, Ark. 1:00 p.m.
Friday, April 29 South Alabama * Miami, Fla. 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 30 South Alabama * Miami, Fla. 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 1 South Alabama * Miami, Fla. 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 3 Florida Gulf Coast Miami, Fla. 6:00 p.m.
Friday, May 6 at Middle Tennessee * Murfreesboro, Tenn. 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 7 at Middle Tennessee * Murfreesboro, Tenn. 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 8 at Middle Tennessee * Murfreesboro, Tenn. 1:00 p.m.
Friday, May 13 Arkansas State * Miami, Fla. 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 14 Arkansas State * Miami, Fla. 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 15 Arkansas State * Miami, Fla. 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 19 Florida Atlantic * Miami, Fla. 7:00 p.m.
Friday, May 20 Florida Atlantic * Miami, Fla. 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 21 Florida Atlantic * Miami, Fla. 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 25-29 SBC Tournament Monroe, La. TBA
Friday, June 3 NCAA Regionals TBD TBA


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