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Quotes left out of Friday's Herald story on FIU football

In case you missed it, here's my takeout piece on the signficance of this year's football season -- and this Saturday's game, in particular -- on the growth of Florida International.

It's pretty exhaustive, but Of course, space isn't infinite in print. But it is here in the lands of 0s and 1s.

So here's a couple of interesting tidbits that were left out.

Athletic director Pete Garcia on a possible contract extension for Mario Cristobal: "I'm very happy with the job Mario has done. This is what I envisioned when I hired him."

President Mark Rosenberg on the same: "If my son was playing football again, I'd want him to play for Mario Cristobal. I've been really impressed with him."

Garcia on the plans to expand the stadium: "This past year, obviously, we opened up the field house, the weight room. We just finished a couple of months ago, the two new press areas. We’re going to keep adding. Every year, there’s something more to it. As far as more seats, as we get the demand, the demand will dictate how much we keep adding. The final plan is 45,000 with an upper tier. But the demand will dictate how fast we will go. A 45,000-seat stadium down here in South Florida for football is all anyone needs."

New Orleans Bowl Executive Director Billy Ferrante on FIU: “Well, they’re a team that we’ve had our eye on. They’re playing very consistently right now. They, along probably with four others that are still in the mix for the outright championship in the league are ones we’re keeping a close eye on right now.”

GoDaddy.com President Jerry Silverstein: "There are several pieces to the pie. We are very close with Pete Garcia down there and Dr. Rosenberg and we have spoken with they. We have spoken with Troy and Dr. Hopkins. We have spoken with different athletic programs. Sometimes it’s a relationship. Sometimes it’s star players. You’ve got No. 4 down there, Hilton, who’s a very exciting player who can help turn TV sets on. You are building that fan base, where people are traveling and doing better. There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle. Those remain to be worked out. We worked with conference office."

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Adam,

I really enjoyed your article and I'm very glad to see FIU football on the front page. On a Friday no less. All it takes is a little winning.

To the panther fans, please please please make it out to the stadium tomorrow. There is no reason to stay at home. If you dare go to the UCG to see them lose to USF, you suck! Come watch FIU.

I know we only need to win 1 of 2 in order to secure a SBC championship and a bowl berth, but that doesnt mean that we should settle for one game. The team needs to come out strong tomorrow and next week. A 7-5 (7-1)record is much prettier than a 6-6 (6-2) record. We have to win both remaining games.

Great article, Adam. There is a definite excitement in the air buzzing around FIU and its football program, and you just nailed it in your narrative in terms of what it is that is happening at FIU at this moment. I appreciate your effort and writing skills in this article very much. Thanks for sharing the story...

Go FIU!! Let's play hard.

P.S. Agree totally with alt here. While we need our team to look at this one game at a time, I'm sure we all agree we must go in with the goal of winning all 3 (hopefully) remaining games in our schedule. There's no need...nor space...to take the foot off the pedal..

Go hard FIU!!! Play tough and smart from beginning to end!

Go FIU!!

Nice work all around today Adam.

Adam,

Strong piece. Keep it up.

Panthers,

Finish strong.

Go FIU!

"I know we only need to win 1 of 2 in order to secure a SBC championship and a bowl berth, but that doesnt mean that we should settle for one game. The team needs to come out strong tomorrow and next week. A 7-5 (7-1)record is much prettier than a 6-6 (6-2) record. We have to win both remaining games."

You best believe coach ball is hammering that point home. Aslong as the team doesn't get to high they can beat anyone in this conference. Many people ask me whats the difference between this year and lasts, (joke cause I am off the team, lol) things just broke right and they found them an identity on offense and depth from the freshmen classes have helped and less injures. Keep focus and tomorrow will be a celebration.

Thanks for the insights #20. I enjoy reading your stuff. You and all former Panthers should take pride in this season, however it turns out. You all suffered through some real tough years to lay the foundation.

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