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Mario Wants Panthers to be Bubble Boys

Monday's nomadic FIU practice -- from FIU Stadium t0 under the south stands of FIU Stadium to the Dolphins practice bubble in Davie -- gave FIU coach Mario Cristobal a chance to point out to the school how handy dandy it would be to have one of these down at the ever-expanding Mitch Maidique Campus (Camp Mitch).

"I think it's a good idea to get our FIU people down here and look at this bubble first hand and see the benefits of something like this, especially with the weather we have here in South Florida," Cristobal said. "The track team, soccer team, certainly our football team. This is a tremendous investment and it showed today."

Don't pooh-pooh just yet. What I call the Nick Saban Memorial Bubble is air-supported and built to withstand serious hurricanes by Stiles Construction. The reported cost, back in 2006, was $2 million. FIU will have the land. As Cristobal pointed out, it could be of use to several teams (heck, you could open it to students for large chunks of rainy days). And, finally, let's be blunt: Cristobal's the most important coach FIU has right now, keeping him isn't a matter of throwing annual salary cash at him and a construct that would make him or his successor happy also would drop happy pills in a several other coaches' Kool-Aids.

The first players to enter the into the bubble took pictures of each other...

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...so did succeeding players (Ya'keem Griner critiques the work of photographer Jacob Younger)

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By the way, looks like the joint is pretty much finished.


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 FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY...

The latest line on Saturday's game favors Duke by 3.5 to 4.0 points, down from an open of Duke by 5.5. In other words, what money is coming in on this game so far is being put on FIU.

Expect some radio news by the end of the day tomorrow. I'll be on furlough, however, so the earliest you can read it here will be Wednesday.

 

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