Heard this morning that while the Sun Belt Conference tolerated FIU not having any track facilities -- heck, the 2013 Sun Belt conference meet will be hosted by FIU...in Miramar -- Conference USA isn't playing that. Word on the street is C-USA has given FIU a time frame, perhaps as short as 18 months, to get its track and field team an actual track.
About time. Track's not a revenue sport, but, to be honest, what is at FIU? Look at the number of track Olympians with South Florida connections. Look at what Eric Campbell and his staff has been able to do with less than an above average high school as far as facilities. That tells you this is a potentially dynamic program that the school needs to get behind so in four years, when America pays attention to track again, "FIU" has a better shot at being prominently heard on the prime time Olympics broadcast.
As I tweeted a couple of hours ago (http://twitter.com/DavidJNeal), FIU's been picked to repeat as Sun Belt Conference champions, getting five votes from the conference's 11 coaches. North Texas also got five votes (Middle Tennessee got the other vote), but FIU had 114 total points to North Texas' 110.
Junior forward Chelsea Leiva, preseason co-Offensive Player of the Year with North Texas' Michelle Young, junior midfielder Nicole DiPerna and senior goalkeeper Kaitlin Savage made the preseason All-Sun Belt team.
So, DeJuan Wright's off to play some basketbal in the Netherlands.
Earlier today, Eiffeltowers Den Bosch announced the signing of FIU's best player over the last two seasons. In a story on Eiffel's website, the coach lauded Wright's ability to play two or three positions. Eiffel opens its season Sept. 29.