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Pete Garcia says...

Here are some things from a Monday night conversation I had with FIU AD Pete Garcia.

His reaction to the day's events: "Rutgers handled everything in a professional manner. I'm very happy Mario decided to stay. I agree with him that he's building something special here."

"Obviously, money isn't everything, especially when you're like Mario, who's from down here, who has worked down here to build something over the last five years."

When I asked about the still-ongoing talks for another deal, he said, "We've talked about things, but this wasn't a leverage thing. It was never about that."

Nobody knows completely what's going on in Cristobal's head. But I find myself thinking of my Herald colleague Dan LeBatard, a 43-year-old Cuban-American born, raised, educated, working for 22 years of post-college life in South Florida where he has family. Dan has said often -- and I know it to be true -- that he's had a number of opportunities to leave South Florida for much more lucrative, higher profile jobs in sports media, but he stays because he's happy in this area.

Cristobal is a 41-year-old Cuban-American born, raised, educated and working for most of the last 20 years in South Florida, where he has family. He works for an AD that he's known for 20 years and has a program he rebuilt and of which he's emperor. He and I have talked about that moment on the drive home to Miami Beach when you're coming over one of the causeway crests and you take in the beautiful breadth of the bay, boats, buildings. You can't help but smile and think how lucky you are to be driving toward that scene every day because it's home.

Never underrate comfort and happiness.



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Djn, does that Indy reference mean you wont have NSD coverage of FIU?

You know the MH will not send anyone else.
17 three star recruits ***, as good a class as any in CUSA and most Big East school and Some ACC bottom dwellers and SEC bottom dwellers... tomorrow marks another big step for FIU football. Will the Herald actually do its job.

I hope he stays, but I think he may be holding out for a bigger school.

Chia, I won't be covering Signing Day. Walter Villa will be for The Herald.

$1,000,000 a year, $10 a student, and FIU might just have themselves a great coach for life.

Make it happen!

Thanks DJN.

Walter... I like his stuff.

Class act!

Just wondering, if he felt so comfortable staying in South Florida, then why interview two times in a matter of a month? Maybe it was leverage, but then why is Garcia saying it wasn't about leverage? Who is the one that is lying here?

Good stuff as usual DJN. I hope the FIU alumni community will show their appreciation for Mario staying, and their appreciation for what he's creating in West Dade, by supporting the program.

If Mario wants his money, I think y'all should give him his money.


Nice work DNJ! I just hope that we rip it up next year with our defense and improve from a 8-5 record. Good job Mario!!!

Walter is good...better than the previous bozo's! lol

Great! Thanks for sharing this article men.

FIU would be crazy to pay Mario $1m..the students are already paying all the bills for that money pit athletic program...FIU has a low ceiling its a mid Sunbelt Conference football team. If he needs more money then take a job and stop Bluffing!! Win conference title out right, beat a top 70 team, this is a joke!!

Thanks for sharing...

I too live on Miami Beach, and indeed the scenery you're referring to us very very unique. VERY few places in the entire WORLD can duplicate it. But beauty is relative, and my father would trade it for snow covered mountain ranges and semi frozen rivers flowing through valleys, hence his love for his native Spain.

I like both =)

Wow! Somebody really has a lot of time on their hands.

I will tell you now if Mario wanted to leave, he would leave. He is a man of class and willbe here until something just great takes him away. Played for the man and he will not leave just yet.

CFB TRIVIA OF THE DAY: Duke is a pathetic ACC bottom dweller. The only team worst than Duke this past season was Maryland who won 2 games, one against the mighty Tigers of Towson. Who can name the other top dog to lose to the terrapins?

Easy there Tex, FIU lost to Western Kentucky, Arkansas State, and something called Louisiana-Lafeyette.

Great recruiting class. Cristobal is doing some impressive recruiting. Let's hope we can keep him for a few more years. But if not, then let's thank him for a great run.

And can we lay off the UM comments please. It is not necessary or relevant. BTW, congrats to the U on pulling out a great class. I can admit that UM is better at this point (even though we can still beat them on any given Saturday). But theblacsheet has to admit we are making some serious progress!!! We may be the 4th best in the Sun Belt, but we are turning heads. Even the UCF fan sites have a thread up asking how FIU is doing these days. They are astonished. Great day to be an FIU fan (former UM fan that still goes to some of the games but will clearly root for FIU over UM all day!!).

Easy there Tex, FIU lost to Western Kentucky, Arkansas State, and something called Louisiana-Lafeyette.

Posted by: Buc Nasty | February 01, 2012 at 06:56 PM

Fair enough, except my comments are only posted on an FIU blog. My point is when you post stuff to agitate another fan base make sure your team does not lose to what is essentially an FCS team.



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