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Doing The Limbo; Extra JoGus stuff

There's not much going on over at the fooball offices. Assistant coaches have been told to skedaddle, take paid vacation while the hunt continues for the next coach, whether it's Butch Davis, Houston Nutt, Randy Shannon, James Coley or Shoat Cooper.

Usually a staff waiting for their official axe does the professional courtesy of prepping things for the next staff. Not so in this case. Everything's on stop. Including, of course, recruiting.

A slew of junior college recruits were set to visit last weekend. Bzzzt. That's where FIU wanted to perhaps garner some help along the lines, particularly the offensive line, next year. Iowa Western Community College Inside linebacker Steven Funderburk, wavering between Indiana and FIU, committed to Bloomington. FIU could've been reeling Northwest Mississippi Community College defensive tackle Jerome McClain. Now, no Zebco.

Miramar wide receiver Sean Avant, rated at two stars by Scout.com and three stars by Rivals.com, had committed to FIU shortly before the firing, so it'll be interesting to see what happens with him between now and signing day.


A quote from FIU swim coach Randy Horner on how out of shape Johanna Gustafsdottir was at the start of the 2011-12 season, her freshman year at FIU though she was 21, and how it affected the way Horner handled her got cut from the story for length. But, I really liked it so here it is.

“She was not obesely overweight. Probably a good 30 pounds overweight, very soft, not where she needed to be. Her specialty is 200 IM, 200 back, 200 free, up to 400 IM which we haven’t done with her here. We put her in the sprint grounp because we didn’t feel like, the condition she was in, she could handle the middle distance group on our team. We didn’t want to blow her away with too much yardage. She’s not a sprinter at all. It took the entire academic year last year just to get her into condition to go that fast.”

"That fast" being last year's Sun Belt Conference meet, when Gustafsdottir blew up the FIU record book. Though she failed to make Iceland's 2012 Olympic team, she wants to train here for a shot at the 2016 team she already sounded quite determined to make.



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This AD will destroy the program, no recruiting until a new coach with 20+ scholarships to give? They scramble late, get the worst class in Conf USA, lose a ton of seniors, I see 2-9 next year and possibly the same the next year. Plus I'm sure kids transfer. Who would ever take this job especially when they look over their shoulder for the AD. The good news is if they sign a 5 year deal, the AD is canned after year 2

Nothing wrong with the AD. He did the right thing firing an inept coach. Do not worry about us, we will be fine. Worry about your Hurricanes, they are in trouble.



You still don't get it. One more time: Mario wasn't the best game-day coach. Play-calling was deficient. Time management was bad. He had no HC experience, etc. BUT, he was the best our money could buy. He was willing to sacrifice money for his assistants and he was a great recruiter and ambassador for FIU. You may be too young to understand the repurcussions now, but this is a net loss for the near future (2 to 3 years). FIU loses a great young coach, loses valuable money that will be paid to Mario for NOT working, loses goodwill in the community, has been a PR disaster, and FIU takes a step back this coming year for sure. I don't get why PG didn't give this guy at least another year to right the ship. And by the way BGH, we are FIU and we are still in the SunBelt. This is not the SEC dude. Your standards are way too high. Like I said before I feel for your wife or significant other. Your call for perfection will eventually draw a wedge in your marriage. Think about that.

lol ^ dumb.

Mario sucked. We're better without that guy. The AD is an idiot though. He needs to get someone in there NOW. cant blame coaches for not wanting this toxic job thou

Pete can make a splash if he can get Houston Nutt, Houston is a proven HC that can take the program to the next level, and he wants to go to FIU


You put a short list of FIVE possible H.C for FIU. What are the chances that our next H.C will come from ANY of the Five mentioned (Randy S. Butch D. Houston N. James C. Shoat C.)??

From what you heard so far do you think you can narrow the list to the Top 2 coaches with the bigger chance of taking the job?

Final question, have you heard of any of our present players thinking about transfering out?

Keep the info coming..

Go Golden Panthers!

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