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A few thoughts from Louisville 72, FIU 0


Sorry I haven't posted this before whatever AM on Sunday. I haven't seen my dad in 18 months, his wife in seven years and my one surviving grandmother is 95. All were in Lexington this weekend. So, after I wrote, I figured this could wait. But I could hear the clock running.

Of course, everybody wants to talk about the running clock. That and the way FIU's offensive play-calling looked as if the Panthers were trying to run out th clock from the first quarter. And later we'll get to FIU's flight home, which, thankfully, landed safely.

I opened the postgame media session with FIU coach Ron Turner asking "Did you request a running clock in the third quarter?"

"No," he replied.

Why was there a running clock? "I have no idea. We were just playing ball. I didn't request anything, no."

So, the refs never said anything to you guys about (having) a runnnig clock? "No."

A late-coming writer got the fuller response you see in my Herald game story. Turner said he recalled that at San Jose State he did request a running clock when they were destroying a team.

Meanwhile, Louisville coach Charlie Strong said, "What happened was both coaches talked and let's just get out of here. It's just mutually agreed upon."

Two hours after the game, Conference USA coordinator of officials Gerald Austin issued his statement that's in The Herald story. Austin's statement immediately trips over a trap cord when he says Turner commented to officials about the amount of injuries he had going into the second half and FIU's limited road roster. About 90 minutes earlier, I asked Turner at the end of the session about how the team came out as far as injuries.

"I think decent. Lars hurt his wrist late. Hopefully, it's just a sprain," Turner said. "Other than that, I think we came out OK."

Hmmm...take all those comments together and what verdict do you reach?

If Turner did request a running clock...I'm torn. There's something to be said for playing out a game, no matter how it's going. That's a good life lesson, although people often take it too far and wind up obstinant not persistent. On the other hand, all that can really happen to you late in a game like this is getting hurt. It's of limited use as game experience.

Now, to the early game.

First FIU play: incomplete pass. Second play: I-formation line plunge for 3. Third and 7: badly camouflaged draw play, loss of 4. Punt.

Get the ball back. First play, poor freshman Silas Spearman III overrun for a loss of 1. Second play: Four Louisville players overrun Spearman for no gain. Two false start penalties (maybe it's something about E.J. Hilliard because the second team seemed to have the most Early Departures in the spring and training camp) and it's third and 21. Caldwell on a draw play for 5. Punt.

FIU averages a picayune 65 yards per game rushing. And you think you're going to line up, knock heads with their front seven and establish something other than your own obstinance? Child, please. That's not showing faith in your quarterback or the playmakers he directs. Give Hilliard a chance.

"I wouldn't say I was surprised," Hilliard said. "I know Coach is going to do everything in his power to do what's best for us. I think he's doing the right thing by trying to give us confidence that we can run the ball. I think his approach to the game was a good approach. You have to be able to estalbish that you can run the football in order for people to respect your ability to pass."

Hilliard's being a good soldier. Letting him cut loose early and fling the ball all over the place wouldn't have changed the outcome. But it would've kept things interesting longer and been more fun than watching Spearman, Randolph and Collins butt their heads against their own blockers for four quarters. That looked embarrassing by the second quarter.

On the execution, Louisville's too athletic and immersed in their offensive and defensive schemes for FIU.

The Panthers flew back home on Allegiant Air Saturday. Allegiant Air grounded 18 planes Saturday that either held no evacuation slide or hadn't been tested. They fly old McDonnell-Douglas MD80s from the 1980s and 1970s. This is what the team, support staff and booster contingent flies on each road game.




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This is sad. The FIU football program set back to step 1. Everything that was gained as far as establishing football during the past 12 years is lost. The only thing that's left is an empty on campus stadium. The firing of the coach who put this program on the map was unfair, unwarranted,and a sign of extremely poor judgment and timing. Something FIU could not afford. I'm certain Coach Turner can rebuild this program but it's going to take a long time and a lot of patience.

I knew when the schedule came out we would start the season 1-3, FIU's only win being Bethune Cookman, with that said I really find it almost unimaginable that FIU could go winless in this dreaded season. Don't get me wrong there was no way FIU was winning against Louisville, however giving up 72 points is a DISGRACE and having that running clock in an FBS football game in C-USA vs a American athletic conference is EMBARASSING.

FAU beat USF, so I find it hard to believe that FIU will win a game this season. This program has been set back about 10 years, and I know C-USA is NOT happy. BTW, firepetegarcia.com has hit the web.

30 TOTAL yards! Every low point & high point in the 12 year history of FIU history can be either explained or given a reason for occurring. This deterioration of a program pales to even THE LOWEST expectation the most pessimistic FIU fan could ever imagine. Something needs to change & it's not the uniforms! Feeling sickened, appalled & embarrassed!

Allegiant Air is a fitting airline for the FIU football program. Dated, undermanned, unprepared, and malinvested.

This whole thing needs to be blown up.

Here's another first for me: I never thought I would be saying that there is clearly another coach as obstinate, unimaginative, and incapable of reacting to game day conditions as MC. But friends, impossible as it might seem, it appears we now have ourselves one. "By George, these boys are going to learn how to drive a horse and buggy. And they will. I'm not saying how long it will take, mind you. But once they can snap those reins and holler giddyap with authority, we're not only going to win, we're going to be able to get home from our away games in style."

So Coach Strong is a liar, according to Coach Turner. Is Coach Turner so gutless he can't even fess up to the fact that he quit on his kids and requested the running clock?

Even if he is, we all know that he did. He quit from his gutless playcalling. Running the ball on third and long in the first quarter. Running the ball trying to kill the clock. What a gutless, neutered head coach we have.

This whole thing needs to be blown up.

we have Cam Cameron as our head coach.

"It is usually the individual lacking in self-image or sense of accomplishment who attaches himself to an irrational degree with a successful sporting team, thereby gaining a much-needed sense of personal significance; those whose lives are particularly vacuous and wretched will often hurl insults at those not affiliated with the chosen team in an effort to compensate for some psychic or physical disability: impaired intelligence, foreshortened genitalia, etc." From THE SUPERFAN SYNDROME, Dr. Enkcor Etunk

FIU does not deserve to be a D1 team, if FIU played Booker T, I would put my money on Booker T. The question is this, how long before we start blaming President Rosenberg, and the FIU Board of Trustees? Pete Garcia should have been fired a while back. I don't think Rosenberg has the guts to do anything because of the money they owe him. I feel bad for the students athletes who play football, Turner quit on them, at least try to develop them.

Both Turner, and Garcia need to be fired.

The buzz around the athletic department is that Turner will be one and done. Apparently Rosenberg and the board are meeting to discuss the fates of Garcia and Turner. It mighr be a new AD and coaching line-up as soon as the season ends. As these losses pile-up, attendance declines and FiU bootsters express anger, the university is forced to take action. You will see Turner return to the NFL in January. You will see celebrations when Garcia is unemployed. This is going to get uglier before it is over.

Nick I got the same buzz and that all three are to gather on Monday. If so, what will Rosenburg do?

I know everyone is mad about us having only 30 yards of TOTAL offense in the game, but does anyone realize FIU averaged -3 TOTAL yards of offense in the 2nd half?!?! Absolutely Dreadful.

A few questions I want answered:

1) How can a AD who hires a total mess and basket case like Isiah Thompson (sorry Thomas) still be our AD?

2) How can you fire a popular head coach who has one bad season after 2 consecutive bowl appearances? With no regard of your fan base, your finances, or your place in college football. The head coach of Texas has had 3 subpar seasons in a row and they are struggling in deciding to terminate him, and this is TEXAS. Not only that!! Who do you replace him with, Coach Turner. I am sure a nice man, but offensive guru? Ya the offense is OFFENSIVE to watch. Seems like the only thing the AD considers is his ego and making press. Well, we make press for all the wrong reasons.

3. Can we fast forward the clock on the entire season and just end it? Or do we have to live through this pain in slow motion.

4. When do we start taking a realistic look at the program, the landscape of college football in this state and city and decide a) move back down to D-II or close up shop all together. This program has been a mess the day on Strock ran the first practice.

I am on the bus on firing Garcia, not only on the bus, I am head of the fire Garcia fan base.

I read somewhere that the Board of Directors and RosenBUM are meeting either today or tomorrow to can Pete Garcia. I also heard Garcia is against putting the other video scoreboard on the west endzone at the stadium. This is too good to be true. A little league team could win a game against FIU.

I wonder if our local paper will follow the story of Garcia potentially getting fired? What is the news? Are these rumors true? Anyone, anyone? Is there a "Journalist" that can answer the question.

If U cheer for the U and U didn't graduate from the U then you are the highest form of a loser. U R A Loser.


What an embarrassment. I thought Turner was supposed to be some kind of offensive/QB genius? He has completely destroyed the confidence of Medlock and Hilliard. It was a terrible hire in the first place, but none of us expected to be outscored 38-0 by UCF and 72-0 by Louisville.

Fire this man, fire Garcia and offer MC the moon and the stars to return.

SouthPaw, U couldn't be more right!

LonePanther, you are a loser. This mess started with Cristobal.

Absolutely correct. This culture started last year. Goodbye Pete, you've done enough damage to my university. As far as U fans ragging on this forum, take care of your own house, this is family issue.

Vivid men la realidad, did you graduate from UM? Be honest. OK, high school.

I'd rather be a fan of an 0-12 FIU team than be a fan of UM that has no affiliation to the school. U hangers on loser U fans are sad.

BGH, I'm a loser? Aren't you the same guy that no one takes seriously on this board? Give me a break.


FIU has been outscored 187-23 in the first four games. In a week full of blowouts, the thrashing FIU took at the hands of Louisville is the worst of all of them, and here is why: FIU beat this Louisville team two years ago (in Louisville), and lost to them last year (here at home) 28-21, a game in which they led 14-7, and ended up falling behind when their starting QB got hurt. This team went to two bowl games under Coach Mario Cristobal, and had a bad season last year. There was no reason to fire Cristobal after one bad season. He was fired because of a personality conflict with Garcia. Garcia and his merry band of "yes-men" have sent this program on a downward spiral and all FIU alumni and students should be up in arms that this man has been allowed to run roughshod. As David Neal posted in his blog a few days ago, Garcia is owed a retention bonus of $72,504 dollars on October 15th. If Garcia's contract is terminated without cause before October 15, FIU would owe Garcia $362,527. If running this program into the ground, if not being able to raise sufficient $$, if past mistakes in hiring, past bad behavior, and other miscellaneous infractions do not constitute "just cause", then why even put that into a contract? I am 100% positive that the powers that be at FIU are looking through the contract with a magnifying glass and going over it with a fine-toothed comb. I am also certain that it would be very, very, difficult for anyone to justify and explain paying Garcia a retention bonus. How embarrassing would that be? Garcia has dug his own grave, and the FIU hierarchy is headed in the same direction if they do not fire Garcia. Bring Mario Cristobal back as the athletic director, surround him with quality administrators with top-notch scholastic backgrounds, the ability to fundraise, and, more importantly, with ties to FIU and the South Florida community.

Fire Pete!!!!!!!

Coach Cristobal is in a better place. He will do well. We need a new AD and another young, connected, passionate coach. Remember how Don Strock performed. His team was awful. This is not a program for a disconnected NFL assistant. This is a plac for a fiery, high energy guy who is known and liked by high school coaches who are critical to the recruiting process.

FIU a 20 point underdog to bye week! I guess you could call this weeks game against Louisville a bye bye week? Yeah I know you were bragging about being ranked higher than the U a year or so ago and now reality has once again set in. That reality?..... is that you are F orever I nferior to da U!

The "Curse of Mario," is upon you. roflmao!

I don't know what to say. I knew we would not beat Louisville but another blowout? On average we are giving up 46.75 point and scoring 5.75. So we are losing on average by about 40 points. I know there is a learning curve with new coaches but we show no signs of being a factor in these games. When we won the SunBelt we were the best team in a fairly pathetic conference and our record was not spectacular. We were in bowls but nothing to write home about. How many of you knew what city hosted the Beef O'Brady bowl? I didn't. I can easily see us going winless because of the injuries we have stacked up early on. Our athletic teams as a whole have not made much progress so I have no problem with Garcia going I don't know much about Turner, but the team is not making rookie mistakes. They have been outclassed in every game we have played. I feel like we are starting over. I HATE BEING in ESPN's Bottom 10. I thought that was behind us.

Nothing to defend on the FIU side here. An embarrassment on all ends. Sad the UM trolls are really coming out (You even go to college, bro?) I'll leave it at that. Unless you went to UM, all of us who went to our university and have degrees and good jobs that came out of that degree, just laugh at your ignorance. Keep talking like UM is your school, when you've never even set foot on a college campus. Pathetic.

Terrible Hire... This guy is straight out of the "The Land of the Lost" If he didn't ask for the running clock, and says he didn't know about it, well who in the H E L L is supposed to be providing clock management for your team coach? Just admit that you QUIT on your players, it was evident by the play calling. If you were worried about players being hurt, last I checked more injuries come from running the ball than most passing plays. This guys game planning is pathetic. Do this team a favor and disappear. Southpaw put it the best!

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