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Gameday VI FIU vs. Arkansas State and other stuff; Team MacLaren

Seymour Lieberman died Monday morning, having hung onto this plane of existence one more NFL Sunday and almost to the finish of the Major League Baseball regular season. Despite the Giants losing to Philly and the Jets getting skunked at home, I absolve them of all blame for Sy's Monday metamorphosis. I never saw him get upset when one of his New York teams or his school, Michigan, wasn't up to snuff. He loved the games, no matter the sport, for themselves. He was a pioneer in market research who, during my time covering the Panthers/NHL, loved to needle me that I covered the one major sports league that had never been his client and the one that was also the least successful. 

In ways you don't know, he's affected what you see in sports, news media and advertising and how you see it. He's into the ground now having lived a very good life in most senses of that phrase. Salut, Sy.

Now to tonight's FIU-Arkansas State game, to be covered by Andre Fernandez.

ASU got plowed by Western Kentucky last week. That's what Western does. That's what FIU did reasonably well until last week, when Lou-La squashed FIU's run game and exposed the freshman parts of E.J. Hilliard's current game. Hilliard stared down receivers occasionally and took just a hair past deadline to make some decisions. He looked a little like Jake Medlock playing the RC's last year, which is to be expected. Well, he looked like Medlock against the RC's if Medlock worked without much help from receivers, offensive line, running game...

Ryan Aplin's name always reminds me of "apple pie." Because I love apple pie. And maybe also because Aplin treated FIU's defense last year the way I treat Epicure's apple pie the days after Thanksgiving. I don't see him scrambling the way he did last year. FIU's pass rush hasn't been strong enough to make anyone leave the pocket. But he could throw for 300 yards, the way FIU's been leaving receivers more uncovered than Rollergirl. Receivers have found the soft parts of FIU's zone this year as easily as I find McDonald's locations.

This game could show FIU's team maturity around Hilliard and mental toughness. They're 1-4, but still only 0-1 in the Sun Belt. Surprise wins have sprouted from plenty of teams not called "FIU." Still, this isn't the SEC.

I'm still not sure that'll be enough tonight. Arkansas State 38, FIU 24.

But that's just one black man's opinion. I could be wrong.

COACHING STUFF

Those on the "Fire Cristobal" wagon need to stop whining like a bunch of Jag-driving, helicopter-parent-coddled wussies told they have to fly commercial instead of private.

This is a disappointing season for FIU, highlighted by the repeated failure of what everyone -- from inside and outside -- expected to be the team's bedrock. No question that questionable coaching, bad coaching and mistakes made by experienced players from whom you'd expect better mark this season thus far. Now, they're sallying forth with a true freshman (and don't bring up Teddy Bridgewater's freshman year by comparison. Same high school, good friends, not the same player as they started college. Period).

And this makes FIU school No. 103 in the history of Division I-FBS football to see an unexpected kink in an upward achievement curve. It's happened in every program with almost every coach who's enjoyed more than a shot glass of success, especially those trying to build or rebuild programs. If this sinks into a trend, that's when you start looking at the euphemistic "going in a different direction."

This is one season after two bowl seasons for an 11th season program. Get over it.

WOMEN'S GOLF

After winning medalist honors at the Wolverine Invitational and taking third at the Johnie Imes Invitational, FIU freshman Meghan MacLaren received the Sun Belt's Womens' Golfer of the Month award. The next tournament for MacLaren and the Panthers is the FIU-hosted 35th annual Pat Bradley Tournament. 

 

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Thanks for the slap across the chops back into reality DJN. A lot of us needed it, lol.

" This is one season after two bowl seasons for an 11th season program. Get over it.Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/fiusports/2012/10/gameday-vi-fiu-vs-arkansas-state-and-other-stuff.html#storylink=cpy"

Lets get it on!!!

LOL!
The Fiwho vs Ark-and-saw State game is just a sad venue to broadcast, it looks like about 475 fans showed up for this laughable match up! smh

Oh what a "rise'???

oh no we suk again

We may be having an awful year but at least we don't pretend to be different people lonelyoutcast/trash. It is obvious you are the same person. There cannot be two such losers in the world. By the way, you are so obsessed you post at all hours of the morning. Do you realize how disturbed you are? Look I follow UM also, and have since the late 1970s. But I have never, never, never gone on any other board to harass since that is just really weird. You get sexually gratified by this? It is strange? Have you harmed animals? molested children? Do you have UM dolls, and several UM jerseys? Let's get you help. I mean it, dude, let me help.

DJN,

I as big FIU fan as anybody else but FIU didn't deserve to go to a Bowl last year. WKU finished 3rd in the Belt and we finished 4th (and WKU beat us). Only because FIU was closer to us the Bowl management decided to take us. I give credit to Cristobal for the Bowl in 2010 though. One bowl in six year, is that so great?

The mediocre coaching didn't start this year. MC was always mediocre, T.Y. Hilton was hiding it though.

If Cristobal leaves this year (that I think he will), I doubt he finds another coaching job in FBS or even a coordinator job some place else..

What team do you think you're following Blue&GoldHeart? It's Florida International.

Mario Cristobal's the best thing to ever happen to your program, if he leaves it's going to be a long time before you have a coach as good as him again.

Pray he stays, not like Nick Saban's going to let his kid pick hats for his next gig.

Hey JP1990FIU!
You're not having an "awful year", you're having the average Fiwho year! smh
7-6 is overachieving for you bums!

...btw, someone from 8th street (who thinks Fiwho is a "program on the rise") offering me help is tantamount to the nut job sitting on the sofa attempting to offer the psychiatrist help! smh

Hilariously ridiculous!

Hey, JP1990FIU, are you guys still "on the rise"?
: ) smh

It is only an awful year by the standard set by coach Cristobal when they went to that bowl game and won their conference.

Cristobal and Pete Garcia are as good a tandem as you'll find at a young program like Florida International.

A transition year like this all you want to focus on is beating your rival (FAU?).

I have to agree with Buc again. BGH, we are no powerhouse obviously. While is true that we are off from where we should be, we are still a "mid-major." Your hatred for Cristobal is downright unjustifiable. I have said it before and I will say it again...Cristobal is not a great gameday coach. This much is evident. But the defense has really flopped this year. The team gave up right after the Duke loss. In my opinion, they thought they would beat Duke and when they got spanked the wheels came off. Look BGH to borrow lonelyoutcast's word, we are on the rise. When you have been as low as this program has been in 2006, 2007, there can be nowhere to go but up. Lonelyoutcast is right we are on the rise and it bothers him to no end.

The team needs to play the younger players now and get them experience right away. Play everyone to get them ready for the next few seasons.

By the way, BGH we cannot afford a "better" coach, nor can we do better. And Central Florida would take Cristobal in a heartbeat. Be careful what you wish for. Finally, BGH many teams every year with huge expectations fall off the cliff. It happens and it happened to us. By your expectations we should have won a national championship by now. Give it up.

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO "HM"!

I wonder where Fiwho is ranked in the CBS Computer Rankings now?...(snicker) : )

Hey TheFiwhotheshameful!
Most fans wouldn't want their team to have anything to do with some "rise" that includes having the bejesus beat out of you by Duke The All Time Doormat, getting kicked-to-the-curb by Louisiana Laughing-yet, and being back-slapped by The Danty Ladies of Ark-and-saw State!
No, you guys can't keep the monopoly on THAT "rise"!
LOL!

Agree with you TheFIutheproud. Cristobal is here to stay for at least a few years. Unless he gets hired elsewhere.

I will write fiu in lowercase cause they suck! The defense sucks! and u fans suck to! MDC2 hahahahaha

Very disappointing season so far. I realize its not over until the fat lady signs, but she is definitely getting ready to hit the High "C"..

Outside of losing FIVE games already the thing that bother me the most are:

1)The O-Line with all the penalties they commit is sick to even watch. #54 and #71 have not had a game for over 2 season that they did not cause at least 1 penalty. Thats CRAZY!

2) The DB's are 50% of the reason why we are in this situation to begin with. How can we give up over 250yards passing to every single opponent.

3) The D-Line si not helping the cause either. No pressure on the QB. They are playing good run defense, but thats all..

4) The "fast" WR's that we have CANT GET OPEN.. You have a freshmen as a QB, try to make it easier for him to pass you the ball.

5) The play calling.. After 11 years of FIU football I got to see my first FAKE PUNT last Thur. We are 1-5 right now and the season is one game away from being completely over. Start going for 4th down & short, Fake a field goal, Run a reverse with TIme and have him THROW it (he was a QB once upon a time). Anything to get creative without making it too confusing for the QB either..

Go Panther!

It'll be a long time before Fiwho become anything!
First they have to get out of those laughable conferences full of glorified High Schools and start playing against real competition, which leads to part 2: Sucking worst than they are!...meaning they have to work their way from the bottom (if they can) of a real football conference, which usually lead to years and year of Doormat Type Futility, the same kind of which Duke have been trying to shed for decades now!
Third: they'd have to manage to rise to the type mediocrity that will allow them to at least make it to a decent bowl game instead of those little rinky dink rooty poot bowls they've managed to get to so far!
And lastly: they'd have to at least consistently crack the top 10 (something that will probably never happen in 100 years) to afford themselves a chance at getting the bejesus beat out of them in a championship game.

So, there's the lay-out, calle ochians, quite a tall order, huh?
Don't worry, it'll keep you busy for centuries! : )

Stick around the FIU board. After the NCAA gets done with UM, FIU will be the only college football program left in Dade County.

Hold your breath for that InternationalSouthPaw

<3 Can't we all just get along? <3

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