Limited single-game tickets for the Dec. 21 men's basketball home game against defending national champion Louisville will go on sale -- at a jacked up price, of course -- Monday at 9 a.m. via http://www.FIUSports.com or calling 305-FIU-GAME.
Courtside seats that usually go for $100 will be $150. The usually $10 lower bowl reserved seats will be $30. The usually $5 (when it's open) upper level festival seating will be $20. Give the school credit for trying to milk all they can out of the one home game with any appeal beyond the schools involved or hardcore hoops geeks.
Before you start to put Florida Gulf Coast in that category, consider college basketball's status in this town. FIU's selling general admission tickets to The Branch's version of Uptown for that one, too, just in case.
SWIMMING & DIVING
The fifth-place team performance at the Mizzou Invite last week got FIU up to fifth in the mid-major rankings by CollegeSwimming.com and 39th in the nation overall, both program highs. Rice and East Carolina rank higher among Conference USA schools.
If FIU ever shores up weaknesses in the sprints and diver depth and doesn't lose more swimmers to the burnout common in this sport, the pool Panthers will start to hurt some feelings.
It appears tight end Cory White will apply to the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility, arguing his 2011 redshirt sophomore season being wiped out by injury shouldn't count on his elibility clock.
Jake Medlock will start this week against FAU. It could be his last start at FIU. Word around the campfire is Medlock will transfer after this season. Though Medlock and the offense against Louisiana Tech made an abandoned Packard plant look productive, I'm hearing there's something truly malodorous about E.J. Hilliard getting the start against East Carolina.
Those asking about this year's academic ineligibles...they can be officially redshirted and, if they become eligible again, play next season. If they don't become eligible, time to pay for school or enter the real world.