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"No. No. No."

That was the texted response from FIU President Mark Rosenberg -- preceded by "Good morning!" -- to this question, which I texted today at 10:32 a.m.:

"I was wondering if you had any discussions with the Board of Trustees regarding or were considering changes in the Executive Director of Sports and Entertainment or Head Football Coach positions?"

 

 

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Please let him know that whatever loyal fan base he has is (Yes, Yes, Yes) considering changes to their Saturday plans during the fall. Disgraceful.

Not surprising. Nonetheless, it is a good thing that you asked.

I guess President Rosenberg is satisfied with this abortion of an Athletics Program. He has most certainly secured his legacy at FIU not to be academically oriented but associated with presiding over epic gross misconduct and failure to professionally manage an NCAA D-1 athletic dept.

You are presiding over a crime Dr.Rosenberg, YOU are now an accessory to this robbery. I worked my Arse off to get my degree at FIU, in the early 2000s working 2 jobs (60 hours a week at one point) and have always loved FIU during the good and bad. But this is just enough already, this degree hanging in my office has become a national punch-line. I can see it now, I was planning on looking for a new opportunity in January up in the northeast, what will potential employers think once they spot "Florida International University" on my CV ??

Your lack of action is affecting 50,000 students, 180,000+ alumni and 5,000 faculty and staff. Pete Garcia has always put himself ahead of the University and now you are doing the same by failing to take action.

Regretfully yours,

THE ENTIRE FIU COMMUNITY LIVING IN SHAME !!

Yeah Rosenberg let's keep it as it is. Why fix what in not broken? Our athletics are really enhancing the perception of our school by the community.

My goodness!

friends before business!Mr. Rosenburg come on playa.

DJN - if you were Rosenberg, what would you do in this case? I would like your opinion on this matter.

An inside source tells me this is what transpired just before the second half last Saturday in Louisville:

FIU COACH (wandering alone in the visitors tunnel, muttering to himself): Whatever made me want take this job? It was a terrible mistake. How can I end things as mercifully and quickly as possible?

HEAD REFEREE (overhearing, rushes from the tunnel and flashes a hand signal to the booth above): The FIU Coach requests a running clock for the rest of the game.

PASSING YARDS
101.3 120th Overall

RUSHING YARDS
49.5 123rd Overall

POINTS FOR
5.8 126th Overall

POINTS AGAINST
46.8 125th Overall

This is shamefull! Fire Pete!

David - can you please run a story exposing how much $$$ is being paid to Super Mario and Zeke for not coaching here anymore ???????? How long is FIU on the hook for that $$$ and wouldn't firing Garcia now help out on the athletics general ledger ? I gotta think we come out ahead paying Garcia off now and bringing in someone at the end of the season at a salary closer to $250-300k.

Ron Turner should of known better, you cannot run a pro-style offense without the hogs up front. Our team was built for the spread and the personnel is just not there for a pro-set/west coast.

Medlock and Hilliard are totally lost out there. No poise, no confidence and no results.

Rumor is that RT's buyout is $1M ? If true, Garcia really screwed us BIG time.

I know this might seem a hardship, FIUBlueandGold, but why don't you try reading DJN's post of earlier today on the matter of finances? Bad enough when your players can't play, but when your readers can't read...

How much money would FIU have to pay Garcia if they terminated his contract?

OMG, are you banging your head against your desktop, DJN?

Garcia's days are numbered. This is a fact. The trustees talk to their friends. And they talk to their friends. Thus is how the info is spread quickly. There was a meeting today followed by a call. Do your homework, David Neal. The truth is under your nose waiting to be exposed. Garcia built a house of cards that is crumbling around him. Go back to the tine when lutside consultants were hired. Pursue the story behind the assistant who disappeared quietly and whose story on the record would break Garcia. The board has had enough. Al Dotson is embarrassed for sure.

DNJ, please ask Coach Turner why Charlie Strong would be lying about the running clock. I would be very interested to hear why he thinks Charlie Strong is making that up. I want to know if this guy quit on his team, because that is unacceptable.

Davie: Start a readers poll on the page next to your online article: Should FIU make changes in the AD and head football coach spots? Yes or no? Let's see the numbers.

Nick Walsh, I have that consultant's report. And while I'd heard there might be a meeting today, if there was, the BOT violated several aspects of the Board of Trustees Operating Procedures as well as (more seriously) several aspects of the Sunshine Law. That's not something you want to do if you're trying to fire somebody.

Further proof the program is a joke and the sports dont value the importance of being successful in the classroom. People think they can go to school there and play for a team and not worry about grades, until it is too late. It is important to note that Pete Garcia nor Turner is to blame for this - This article clearly tells you that this program just simply has bad luck in hiring AD's... And, that is not even the presidents fault either, this program is simply unknown and really has nothing special to offer to anyone that would be offered a job by then. They need to probably go to the HS ranks to get an AD.

This university is lucky to be in division I sports, especially in football... I have said it before and will always say it... they are better suited for D2, D3 or NAIA... Hell, even competeing at the junior college level might be better for them

President Rosenberg response about firing Pete Garcia reminds me of the famous President Bush statement during Katrina “Brownie you are doing a heck of job”

Keep on it David. As the losses pile up this season, changes will be forced from the top. FIU has dodged you repeatedly. Eventually the administration won't be able to do this, and the news will be out. The current situation is not what Rosenberg or the trustees envisioned. The program has gone backwards to the days of Don Strock. This team will not win a single game this season. Turner will return to the NFL as planned. Garcia will be unemployed for a long stretch of time. We've heard that Rosenberg is up in arms because he let Garcia make critical decisions last year and earlier this year that have damaged relationships. Donors and sponsors are angry.

Mr. Rosenberg,

One of your mottos for describing FIU's character is that this great university repeatedly "Turns the Impossible into the Inevitable".

Now it is your turn, Mr. Rosenberg, to follow through on your motto: Turn what seems to be the Impossible firing of Pete Garcia into the Inevitable.

Mr. Rosenberg, it is time to oust Garcia, who has brought shame to what was once an FIU football program on the rise and turned it into a national punch line, thanks to the latest blunder last Saturday: Louisville 72, FIU 0.

To make matters worse, Garcia's choice for a head coach waves a white flag and asks for a running clock. What kind of example is this man, who Garcia took one month to hire and has a horrible career record as a head coach, setting for the FIU players? To give up when a situation gets arduous?

But that is just the tip of the iceberg of the gross mismanagement and incompetence displayed by Garcia as athletic and entertainment director. Garcia has accumulated a long list of embarrassing acts and poor decisions during his tenure as the head of FIU's athletic teams. Including what I recently read on Mr. Neal's blog that FIU flew home its players Saturday on an airline that was grounded by the FAA.

I will not bother to state all of Garcia's foolish acts and decisions because you, Mr. Rosenberg, already know what they are. I will inform you that I am specifically perturbed by his dealing or lack thereof with the alumni association. Garcia has turned off many alums with his brusque manner and it shows in the meager fundraising of the athletic department. I for one have withheld a generous donation and will continue to do so until Garcia is fired. I do not trust that man with a penny of my donation.

I believe you, Mr. Rosenberg, are a qualified leader for this university. Again, congratulations on your new five-year contract.

I have seen the tremendous potential of FIU football when I have been able to escape from my business affairs in New York. I was there in Detroit for the thrilling first ever bowl victory. I flew down to Miami to witness a packed raucous and electric FIU Stadium when our Golden Panthers defeated Central Florida two years ago.

I have also witnessed first-hand the current sad state of FIU football this season. The lone bright exception being when I was able to attend the season opener where I partook in a splendid FIU alumni tailgate in Maryland.

I flew down to Miami the following week for the home opener against Central Florida. There I saw a Golden Panthers team as flawed as the stadium they play in. To my disappointment, I witnessed a shoddy video board with a thick blue line in the middle of the picture, a scoreboard with chipped paint and poorly operated. At one point the score read Central Florida 87, FIU 0 and Central Florida 4, FIU 0. I watched the game from a suite. Later, I walked with my girlfriend in the suites hallway and noticed that not all of the suites were occupied. It was a much less festive atmosphere than in years past, almost a funereal environment.

Once again, Mr. Rosenberg, I have taken to Mr. Neal's blog because I do not want to read a canned political response from you when it comes to this matter. I'm sure you are being bombarded with e-mails and phone calls regarding what those people think of the Impossible but Inevitable dismissal of Garcia.

I will leave you with two thoughts to ponder. First, if you are having a difficult time deciding whether to fire Garcia or not before his October 15th bonus kicks in (and I don't know how on God's green earth you can justify giving this man a bonus), I would suggest demoting Garcia to ticket salesperson and promoting a competent person in the athletic department to interim athletic director until you conduct a national search for a truly capable person to lead FIU to better days.
Let Garcia experience how difficult it is to currently sell FIU's athletic teams to the school's alums, students and fans. Garcia may eventually become frustrated and quit. If Garcia sticks it out as a ticket salesperson, then Mr. Rosenberg think outside the box like many of FIU's finest people have done to make this university Worlds Ahead.

Here's an outside the box idea: Hire Mario Cristobal as athletic director and have Garcia work under Cristobal. The two men get along like cats and dogs. This will make it a lot easier for you because Cristobal would make Garcia's life miserable and force him to quit. Of course, the onerous aspect of this would be convincing Cristobal to leave the defending national champion Alabama team. It is kind of ironic how this turned out: Cristobal is not good enough for FIU, but good enough for college football's national champions. A sidebar question if you will, Mr. Rosenberg, who would you trust more with football decisions, 4-time national champion head coach Nick Saban or entertainment director Garcia?

Mr. Rosenberg, do not concern yourself if FIU Board of Trustees chair Albert Maury would balk at the firing of his cohort, Garcia. Benjamin Leon, the owner of Leon Medical Center, will still do business with the $1.2 billion corporation that is FIU. Leon has an infinite amount to gain by being associated with FIU's College of Medicine than having his son-in-law protect his nightly escapades friend.

My final bit of counsel regarding this unfortunate situation that FIU is enduring with Garcia, is this:

Presently, there are a plethora of FIU alums, students, and fans that are livid because of how their FIU football program has been buried by Garcia. Just spend a few minutes on social media and you'll experience the furor or visit firepetegarcia.com. The anger and passion generated by the FIU faithful is truly a sight to behold. However, there will come a point when the rage and fire displayed by FIU alums, students, and fans will turn to apathy and that will be the watershed moment when you have absolutely lost a part of FIU that once was special and could have been again.

Sincerely,
Patrick Bateman

Man I hope diagodog is wrong about how the clock issue transpired!

Mr. Rosenberg,

One of your mottos for describing FIU's character is that this great university repeatedly "Turns the Impossible into the Inevitable".

Now it is your turn, Mr. Rosenberg, to follow through on your motto: Turn what seems to be the Impossible firing of Pete Garcia into the Inevitable.

Mr. Rosenberg, it is time to oust Garcia, who has brought shame to what was once an FIU football program on the rise and turned it into a national punch line, thanks to the latest blunder last Saturday: Louisville 72, FIU 0.

To make matters worse, Garcia's choice for a head coach waves a white flag and asks for a running clock. What kind of example is this man, who Garcia took one month to hire and has a horrible career record as a head coach, setting for the FIU players? To give up when a situation gets arduous?

But that is just the tip of the iceberg of the gross mismanagement and incompetence displayed by Garcia as athletic and entertainment director. Garcia has accumulated a long list of embarrassing acts and poor decisions during his tenure as the head of FIU's athletic teams. Including what I recently read on Mr. Neal's blog that FIU flew home its players Saturday on an airline that was grounded by the FAA.

I will not bother to state all of Garcia's foolish acts and decisions because you, Mr. Rosenberg, already know what they are. I will inform you that I am specifically perturbed by his dealing or lack thereof with the alumni association. Garcia has turned off many alums with his brusque manner and it shows in the meager fundraising of the athletic department. I for one have withheld a generous donation and will continue to do so until Garcia is fired. I do not trust that man with a penny of my donation.

I believe you, Mr. Rosenberg, are a qualified leader for this university. Again, congratulations on your new five-year contract.

I have seen the tremendous potential of FIU football when I have been able to escape from my business affairs in New York. I was there in Detroit for the thrilling first ever bowl victory. I flew down to Miami to witness a packed raucous and electric FIU Stadium when our Golden Panthers defeated Central Florida two years ago.

I have also witnessed first-hand the current sad state of FIU football this season. The lone bright exception being when I was able to attend the season opener where I partook in a splendid FIU alumni tailgate in Maryland.

I flew down to Miami the following week for the home opener against Central Florida. There I saw a Golden Panthers team as flawed as the stadium they play in. To my disappointment, I witnessed a shoddy video board with a thick blue line in the middle of the picture, a scoreboard with chipped paint and poorly operated. At one point the score read Central Florida 87, FIU 0 and Central Florida 4, FIU 0. I watched the game from a suite. Later, I walked with my girlfriend in the suites hallway and noticed that not all of the suites were occupied. It was a much less festive atmosphere than in years past, almost a funereal environment.

Once again, Mr. Rosenberg, I have taken to Mr. Neal's blog because I do not want to read a canned political response from you when it comes to this matter. I'm sure you are being bombarded with e-mails and phone calls regarding what those people think of the Impossible but Inevitable dismissal of Garcia.

I will leave you with two thoughts to ponder. First, if you are having a difficult time deciding whether to fire Garcia or not before his October 15th bonus kicks in (and I don't know how on God's green earth you can justify giving this man a bonus), I would suggest demoting Garcia to ticket salesperson and promoting a competent person in the athletic department to interim athletic director until you conduct a national search for a truly capable person to lead FIU to better days.

Let Garcia experience how difficult it is to currently sell FIU's athletic teams to the school's alums, students and fans. Garcia may eventually become frustrated and quit. If Garcia sticks it out as a ticket salesperson, then Mr. Rosenberg think outside the box like many of FIU's finest people have done to make this university Worlds Ahead.

Here's an outside the box idea: Hire Mario Cristobal as athletic director and have Garcia work under Cristobal. The two men get along like cats and dogs. This will make it a lot easier for you because Cristobal would make Garcia's life miserable and force him to quit. Of course, the onerous aspect of this would be convincing Cristobal to leave the defending national champion Alabama team. It is kind of ironic how this turned out: Cristobal is not good enough for FIU, but good enough for college football's national champions. A sidebar question if you will, Mr. Rosenberg, who would you trust more with football decisions, 4-time national champion head coach Nick Saban or entertainment director Garcia?

Mr. Rosenberg, do not concern yourself if FIU Board of Trustees chair Albert Maury would balk at the firing of his cohort, Garcia. Benjamin Leon, the owner of Leon Medical Center, will still do business with the $1.2 billion corporation that is FIU. Leon has an infinite amount to gain by being associated with FIU's College of Medicine than having his son-in-law protect his nightly escapades friend.

My final bit of counsel regarding this unfortunate situation that FIU is enduring with Garcia, is this: Presently, there are a plethora of FIU alums, students, and fans that are livid because of how their FIU football program has been buried by Garcia. Just spend a few minutes on social media and you'll experience the furor or visit firepetegarcia.com. The anger and passion generated by the FIU faithful is truly a sight to behold. However, there will come a point when the rage and fire displayed by FIU alums, students, and fans will turn to apathy and that will be the watershed moment when you have absolutely lost a part of FIU that once was special and could have been again.

NO! NO! NO! I wonder how much more pressure the school needs to experience before something is done in Athletics. I can't make sense of their inaction. I can understand not wanting to pull the plug on Turner so soon but they need to do something and FAST!

IT is time for change. Let u start a letter-writing campaign until FIU takes action. What shall we call the campaign? FIU ATHLETICS: CHANGE 2013? FIU ATHLETICS: ENOUGH 2013? I will be at the next home game to distribute bags that fans can wear over their heads.

David: Contact Maury for his own perspective.

Patrick Bateman, in my experience higher administration cares only about the big donors and could care less about the types who would go to complain on "social media".

Mr. Maury's opinion counts far more than angry tweets and withheld $1,000 donations.

On Sept. 21, Conference USA officials apparently botched the entire second half of the Florida International-Louisville game (34).

It was widely reported Saturday afternoon that a running clock was utilized in the second half, as the Cardinals pounded the daylights out of the Golden Panthers 72-0. That was kind of true, though it reportedly resulted from a misunderstanding between FIU coach Ron Turner and the officiating crew working the game.

C-USA director of officiating Gerald Austin said in a statement that an official misinterpreted a comment from Turner – already well on his way to being one of the worst FBS hires in recent history – that he intended to run the ball in the second half. The official took that as a request for a running clock, which is normally the province of high school or Pop Warner games.

Austin’s review of the game tape showed at least five occasions when the clock was not stopped in situations where it should have been.

Turner certainly did his best to simply get out of town as fast as possible, ordering up just one pass in the second half. But if a running clock was indeed implemented based on a ref misunderstanding a coach’s comment, that’s pretty bad. (Credit Yahoo Sports)

FIUBLUE1, the statement from Gerald Austin was in my game story and was referred to as such in my postgame blog, which had a link to my game story.

Nick Walsh: You can expect BOT members to go Sphinx on the record on this issue until they have to address it publicly. Doesn't mean I'm not trying.

David: We appreciate your coverage. You are doing your job. One has to believe that FIU adminstrators were not happy to read your article in today's print edition. The truth is they met, and they discussed the issues at hand. While the meeting itself will be buried, the participants open their mouths and leak information to friends. Rosenberg is stuck in the middle. We hear he is very upset by the unexpected outcome of the change in football staff. Was the program this broken before Mario left? No. He and his staff members fixed the mess they inherited. Look at the grades of the players. There were no issues with discipline on or off the field. Two bowls in two years and one conference championship! Very high graduation marks! A program in its infancy requires special leadership. Coaches need to have the fire in their bellies and the belief that they can win no matter the players on the field. Mario and his staff did this because they believed. Now these up and comers are in different places working their magic for other programs' benefiits. FIU did poorly with Don Strock because he was disconnected from the high school coaches and college game. Turner is the same. To make things worse, his assistant have no ties to South Florida high school coaches. The department is plagued by bad hiring decisions. Garcia esrns more money than ADs at programs with many times the revenue. How can this be? A winless season will lead to change. It is inevitable. FIU donors are angry. We need an up and coming AD and a football coach with strong ties to this community. Bring in a high school coach from one of the top programs and you will see a world of difference.

At least, David, you have something interesting to write about beyond the box score.

Anyone read Michele Kaufman's piece in today's Herald where she blasts Miami, Baylor--and Louisville--, for playing hopelessly outclassed patsies. It is pretty sad to be lumped in there with the Savannah States and the Woffords of the world when two years ago we were beating the Louisville's and the UCF's handily. I don't see how the institution can continue this "business as usual" pose. My only fear is that the trustees might conclude, as Kaufman suggests, not to continue playing Division I football.

if i read one more thing about how the running clock was a misinterpretation with the officials I'm going to freak out, i was at the game, and at the end they played coach strong's press conference on the scoreboard and he clearly said they agreed to run the clock. i don't think that man is lying

I am with you, Derrick, but as long as people keep tossing out alternative theories I like mine (see above) the best. Cheers.

DJN,

Where are the student leaders on this issue ? Have you tried contacting the SGA, Greek Councils (IFC/PHC) for a comment on the matter ? The apathy on campus is remarkable. What about the Board of Regents, Alumni Relations, FIU Foundation members etc ??? Will anyone talk ?

Nothing ? Not a comment from anyone ? No wonder Garcia's job is safe. THE SILENCE IS DEAFENING.

As much as I wish it wasn't the case, this one's an easy PR hurdle for Pete Garcia and Mark Rosenberg.

They get to say how some minimally improved academic stats are more important to them than any team's season-ending record; how winning games is certainly desirable, but that FIU's priorities are first and foremost to educate their student athletes and comply with NCAA standards; blah blah.

Firing anyone now because of the football team's current performance, after all the roster changes and expulsions, could be interpreted as having a preference for gangbangers or ringers with functional illiteracy.

To demand recruits with MORE athleticism and LESS moral turpitude logically requires more time for a new coaching staff.

Either way, no one gets fired -- not yet, at least.

And the contractual numbers behind any possible impulsive moves only lessen the probability of any meaningful changes in the near future.

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