If you want to know the team invited to the unveiling of the cabana at the men's basketball home opener Thursday night...
Florida College plays in the United States College Athletic Association, a group of 86 schools (Tuesday's FIU opponent, Warren Wilson, was the 2013 Division II national title winner...of the USCAA). The Falcons got routed 101-73 by Jacksonville in their most recent game. The game beforehand, however, against Warner (University, not Bugs, Daffy, Wile E., Porky and MJ), freshman Anthony Allen provided one of the highlights of the young college basketball season.
He does that Thursday night, Florida College might get a bill.
FIU coach Ron Turner said after two games starting sophomore quarterback E.J. Hilliard, he's going back to redshirt junior Jake Medlock for this week's game at Texas-El Paso.
When I asked Turner if the decision's different had other players not left 17 points on the field at Middle Tennessee State and it's still a game early in the second half, he said he made the decision on Hilliard's whole body of work. He was especially ticked that, according to him, the first three plays were scripted and Hilliard made mistakes on all three.
Medlock said he reacted to the first benching of his high school or college career with anger at himself for how he'd been playing. He specifically mentioned the Southern Mississippi safety, saying he should've kicked the ball out of the end zone instead of picking it up, trying to throw and getting knocked out of the game.
Fifth-year senior outside linebacker Derrick Jones Jr. was on crutches Wednesday. Expect Davison Colimon to start there.
For what it's worth...an observer who's at most of the big high school games in Dade and Broward County (that don't run simultaneously -- he's not from Cargg) said he's seen coaches from all the other FBS football schools in the state more than he's seen from FIU. In fact, he estimates seen former FIU offensive line coach Alex Mirabal, now at Marshall, as often or more often at games than current FIU coaches.