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Wednesday at La Cage; Beaupre La Plongeur de La Semaine

No real news coming out of Wednesday morning's football practice. Jacob Younger's the only first team player who didn't practice. Senior running back Jeremiah Harden could be back this week, which would let them give even more of a rest to Kedrick Rhodes, who's been doing kind of a working rehab on that right ankle.

I talked to defensive coordinator Todd Orlando after practice. Maybe you won't like my questions -- yes, "what happened?" and "how would you rate your coaching this year?" were two of them -- and maybe you won't like his answers. But he didn't duck me and I don't think he ducked any questions. Around college-affiliated football, you'll find many coaches who would've gone groundhog until the spring. I'll have the transcript up either later today or Friday (furlough on Thursday).

SWIMMING & DIVING

Junior Sabrina Beaupre earned her 11th Sun Belt Diver of the Week award by qualifying for the NCAA Regionals in the 3-meter (275.45) and 1-meter springboards (292.55).

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Nice work DJN... looking forward to hearing what coach orlando had to say

Like wise I can't wait to hear this!!

And how about the D going forward?

What does Cristobal have to say? 1-7, are you kidding me? This is the second year in a row that we won't make the top 3 in the SunBelt after being the favorite to win it? Hopefully this year we make the top-7. :(

Bring a real coach to FIU, let's make FIU football fun again.

No real news? Understatement of the day. Who cares what Todd Orlando has to say. There is no excuse or valid explanation for this season's performance and despite DJN's reluctance to call a spade a spade, and despite Buc Nasty's inexplicable support for his client's performance, it is clear that there is only one reason for any of FIU's previous minor success: TY Hilton. Please. This is pathetic.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, if FIU fires Mario Cristobal he'll be replaced by a lesser coach you've never heard of.

This is an inherently disparaging comment but I mean it literally: who do you think you are? This is FIU. Florida International. It's not even a stepping stone program because Cristobal didn't take any of those interviews when bigger programs wanted to hire him away.

Cristobal is a great coach and a PERFECT fit at FIU. Count your blessings.

FIU has one thing that the University of Miami doesn't - all your fans are alumni and should understand what is so special about college football.

Unfortunately all your alumni are also Miamians, the worst sports fans in the country.

Support your team, support your school, and enjoy the play of the outstanding south Florida talent for the few years they're playing for FIU.

Stop crying over losses, there's no such thing as an "inevitable rise", the only reason you expect FIU to suddenly become a big time football program is because of the great job Coach Cristobal has done.

Hate to say it but Buc Nasty is right. I have been agreeing with Buc too much lately. I look forward to disagreeing with him. But for now he is right. By the way, has it occured to anyone that even great programs have unexpected down years? Personally, i believe that the expectations were too great, and the team thought they could win 9 or possibly 10. They also thought that Duke was a guaranteed win. And I think that the Duke loss changed everything for the team mentally. Unfortunately, recently the losses seem to build on their own. It happens. Negativity breeds negativity. Losing breeds more losing.

And I also agree with the idea that a program doesn't get better every year. And let's be clear about something, as fans we have always said that FIU will only get better and better. This is still true, particularly in the long run. But this idea that all FIU fans (even most) thought that we would be better than the U immediately is preposterous. I, for one, never thought of FIU as UM's equal just yet. I did expect a much better season though. And Coach Cristobal is still a good coach and the best we are going to get in the near future. Gotta give him even more time.

"best defense FIU offense will play against this year (2012)". Someone from the media stated that! incredible.. this is unbelievable. 1-7 after being picked by everyone to win the sunbelt! Im just saying STAY HUMBLE no matter what and obviously the "locker manager" didn't do a great job this year of emphasizing that. "HE" GOT PRAISED THESE PAST YEARS FOR ELEVATING THE PROGRAM AND HE SHOULD GET REPRIMANDED (criticized) FOR LOWERING IT. If FIU only wins one game we will back to where we were. pathetic!!

Buc, I always thought you comments were pretty dumb in this site but you got them to a new level.

You have no idea how Cristobal coaches or manages this team because you have never been to any game. Cristobal not only mismanage FIU football but also mismanaged hiss career after rejecting the only opportunity he will ever have to coach an AQ last year.

FIU can do a lot better and will do a lot better, just wait and see. We can't afford to have this team to fall to the ground again under this high school coach of ours.

For now, until you go to the stadium and actually watch a game, just refain yourself of talking about what you have no idea about.

Regards,
Blue&GoldHeart

Blue&GoldHeart - thanks for making my point on how terrible Miamian fans are.

You'd deserve whatever high school coach took the job if "fans" like you ran Cristobal out of town, as well as a decade or so of winless seasons in C-USA.

I hope that doesn't happen, but you would deserve it.

Aren't you the one who said Butch Davis would be a starting point in the search for a new coach?

In the immortal words of a lonely man, "snicker".

I thought you were a Miami fan that actually knew about football but I see you are not. You are talking without any knowledge and that is sad my friend. You have never watched a game but, do you think you can talk about FIU? Shut up!

Cristobal can talk, he would sell cubed ice to the eskimos and sand to the bedouins but he can't coach. This team was a mess last year (we lost to every decent team in the Belt and won all the garbage games) and this year is just the continuation and not a surprise.

Buc, learn about FIU then come here are talked to me with some knowledge. Please don't come here to push people around if you have no idea what you are talking about.

Regards,
Blue&GoldHeart

You haven't had a team worth watching for very long, and as a Miamian fan I'm sure you only started watching when FIU started winning.

But college football is cyclical. Players come and players go. Teams have good years and teams have bad years. The garbage Miamian fans that follow UM and the garbage Miamian alumni that follow FIU will jump on and off the bandwagon accordingly.

What I like about FIU is that the majority of fans actually went to the school and understand college football.

Your team is bad this year, get over it. I've followed Mario Cristobal for his entire career, he's a good coach.

You can claim to be seeing everything Cristobal's doing wrong but two established college programs were willing to offer him four times what he's making at FIU to coach for them.

Your only comment about Cristobal's coaching is that FIU was predicted to win games and they're 1-7.

That analysis speaks volumes.

Buc, you want analysis, here are examples Cristobal "genius" coaching:

ASU(2010): They were a pretty bad team that year, so bad that they fired their coached. Took a ESPN Top-10 play by T.Y. Hilton in the last second to score the difference in the game.

WKU(2010): After being up easy by 21, MC & Co. started playing a "conservative" game on offense and WKU (that was coming with a 20 game losing streak) almost score to tie in the last drive of the game. Actually they run out of clock in their last drive to tie, but WKU played a lot better than us in the second half.. By the way, we were playing home and WKU had a first year coach.

ULM(2010): Remember that throw at the end of the game for that INT in the red zone that almost cost us the game?.. How our coaches let Wesley Carroll throw the ball in that game is incredible to me (an to a lot of people in this board that were asking for his job)..

MTSU(2010): While losing in the fouth quarter of that game to a bad MTSU we scored a touchdown to get by one of them. How in the hell we didn't go for two and try to tie the game? That point cost us the game because we lost by one.. We had no business losing by MTSU at home (that was a mess last year)..

Rutgers (2010): After winning the first half with Carroll as QB, MC decides to go with Younger at QB for the second half. Of course, everybody else but MC knows that Younger can't play QB and the offense doesn't score a point in the second half.. Of course, we lost the game..

FAU (2010): Man, this game was really embarrassing.. Schnellenberger gave a lesson to MC about coaching. FAU have no business being even close to FIU in that game..

ULL (2011): Being 19 points favorites and playing at home, the gameplan for this game failed apart. We could never stop the pass and that QB simply destroyed FIU defense.. A punter actually beat us in this game.

WKU (2011): Horrible gameplan, FIU had a lot more talent than WKU

I won't even mention TA&M (when MC played conservative offense in the 4th quarter and gave the ball four times to TA&M that could score three touchdowns in 10 minutes to win) or ASU this year (were we prepared for that running QB?)...

I don't think that MC outcoached Strong in the Louisville game last byear, I think that UL didn't have a QB until they got Bridgewater.

I won't go over the games this year because is just painful.

Cristobal has played with superior talent than anybody in the Belt (every February he remind us how awesome his recruiting was, far superior than anybody in the Belt) and the results speak for themselves. Last year we finish 4th in the worst conference in college football and only make it to a Bowl by a polical move by ESPN (we jumped over WKU that was far more deserving.

TY Hilton bailed out Cristobal for years, now you are seeing the real McCoy.

1-7 (0-4 in the Pansy Rainbow Belt Conference) soon to be
1-8 (0-5 in the Pansy Rainbow Belt Conference)!
...I guess you calle ochians should thank God for those Girl Scouts out of Akron whom you managed to eek out a win against IN OVERTIME WHILE PLAYING AT YOUR OWN LITTLE HIGH SCHOOL ALUMINUM BLEACHER STADIUM!

LOL!...and the more I look at your schedule (as pathetically weak as it is) the harder it is to find another dubbuya. I initially thought you bums would beat USA (the panzies of Mobile, not team USA) and FAU, but you sad sacks haven't won a single road game.

The Calle Ocho Express to Twowinstown just may have to settle for a trip to Oneonlee! (snicker) : )

Down the line:

* FIU beat a bad team. But you wanted them to win by more?

* They won the game? But you don't like that they killed the clock with runs?

* Nope, what's a ULM? And FIU won that game too?

* FIU scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter and could have tied it up with a two point conversion? Bad call if there was less than a possession left in the game, any chance that's the case?

* That complaint seems legit. See DJ Neal's comments below, he didn't point to QB shuffling as a reason for the loss but it could have been the case.

* What was your complaint about Cristobal's coaching in this one?

* What was your complaint about Cristobal's coaching in this one?

* What was your complaint about Cristobal's coaching in this one?

* Texas A&M? They were almost certainly a better team.

My point isn't that Cristobal made the right coaching decisions in these games. It's that you're just playing the results.

Your criticism of Cristobal seems to be, "he should have coached better. If he had coached better we wouldn't have needed play X to win the game". You're high on criticism for losses and close wins and losing games that the TV told you FIU could win but you're pretty sparse with actual Xs and Os complaints on Cristobal.


"QB play. The quarterback play was erratic from both Carroll and Younger. That being said, I feel Carroll played much better. Carroll, 12-22, 166 yards, 2INT, 2TD, was able to move the offense. Younger (5-10, 38 yards) struggled to find a consistent rhythm. All preseason FIU fans have been waiting to find out will would be the starting QB. And now we know. Expect to see more Younger and Carroll in games.

During Saturday's post game news conference Cristobal said about Carroll, "He was hot and cold." About the QB battle Cristobal said. "We'll always play the guy who is playing best. If both guys are playing equally well or close to it, we'll do whatever is best for the offense. Very similar to schools like BYU or some other schools around the country they have to go to the same system because they are in a similar predicament." When asked if there has been separation so far Cristobal said, "Absolutely not."

Penalties. FIU was sloppy in the penalty department. FIU had 14 penalties for 126 yards compared to Rutgers 3 for 15 yards."

1-7 (0-4 in the Pansy Rainbow Belt Conference) soon to be
1-8 (0-5 in the Pansy Rainbow Belt Conference)!
...I guess you calle ochians should thank God for those Girl Scouts out of Akron whom you managed to eek out a win against IN OVERTIME WHILE PLAYING AT YOUR OWN LITTLE HIGH SCHOOL ALUMINUM BLEACHER STADIUM!

LOL!...and the more I look at your schedule (as pathetically weak as it is) the harder it is to find another dubbuya. I initially thought you bums would beat USA (the panzies of Mobile, not team USA) and FAU, but you sad sacks haven't won a single road game.

The Calle Ocho Express to Twowinstown just may have to settle for a trip to Oneonlee! (snicker) : )

(so nice I had to say it twice) : )

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