One piece of football news: look for Jeremiah Harden to get more carries this week than the four he had against Louisville (for a, sadly, team leading 19 yards) and what he had against North Texas. Kedrick Rhodes and Darriet Perry have been the top two backs so far, in deployment.
Also, showing how out of it I've been this week (not bringing it strong for the big game, am I?) Pembroke Pines WR Jeremy Smith verbally committed to FIU over the weekend.
FIU announced the remainder of the men's basketball schedule Monday.
You already knew about the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip Off games against George Mason Nov. 14 and either Monmouth or Virginia Tech Nov. 15. Coastal Carolina's the guest for the home opener, Nov. 26, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. If you're looking for the sexy home game in the non-conference schedule, well, hey, some people out there search for Sasquatch. The home opener's about as sexy as it gets.
FIU plays Maryland at College Park Dec. 14 after two games in the Lumberjack E-tech Classic, Dec. 10 and 11 against Texas Wesleyan and tournament host Stephen F. Austin, respectively. Stephen F. Austin? Sasquatch? For men of a certain age, that can only mean....
FIU starts conference play at Middle Tennessee State Dec. 29 and Western Kentucky, Dec. 31. New Year's Eve in Bowling Green, Kentucky. And you thought being a college athlete meant never touching a circle of Hades.
The home conference schedule opens Jan. 7, against Louisiana-Monroe. The home-and-home with Florida Atlantic is Jan. 21 (down here) and Feb. 4 (up there). The Sun Belt tournament's in Hot Springs, Arkansas Mar. 3-6.
Whatever reason given for FIU and the University of Miami not playing each other isn't good enough. By attendance and television ratings, South Florida is the most apathetic large-sized media market toward college basketball. So do the two Division I teams south of the Broward-Palm Beach line face each other to help the situation, for at least a week or a few days? Stop making sense.