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Louisville tickets, swim meets and QB questions

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.

FOOTBALL

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.

 

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Any idea how those ineligible players are doing

Thanks goodness this disgrace of a football season will end soon. Good bye, Pete and Ron. Don't let the door hit you in your behinds.

Pete Garcia will be TRENDING WORLDWIDE on Twitter during the afternoon telecast on FoxSports1. Wait for it.

Good work DJN. That is the word and he isn't the only one. Word also is that most of the staff is on a one year deal, so look for big changes there if Turner stays. (I tend to think he's not.) None if this matters the real question is what will happen moving forward. This year has been a big mess with no leadership and no real direction. A game show, free food and drinks to draw attendance, uncertainty who’s starting where, injuries, grades, not to mention a staff infighting. It doesn’t look good. So let’s all get our hot dogs and beer, this shows not over.

I don't blame Jake Medlock or any other player that wants to get off this flaming dumpster fire heading for a crash. We don't even belong in FCS at this point. No direction. No leadership. No clue. What a waste of a huge opportunity of epic proportions.

Hit the re-set button, FIU. Start over. Start EVERYTHING over from scratch, because what you've built is garbage.

GOOD BYE, PETE. This is it. The final run of your unethical, troubled run at FIU. Your firing will make the front page of the Herald.

Nick,
Why would FIU keep Pete around long enough to earn a major bonus, only to fire him barely a month later? I hope you're right, but I don't see how this makes any sense, even for FIU.

This disgrace of a season is almost over. Perhaps David can write an article about the season's greatest moments? Running clock request in the Louisville game? Free tuition fails to bring poor students in against Marshall? Squeaking out one win against team worse than FIU? We should petition the NCAA to expunge the 2013 season from the record book as if it never happened. I will sit and wait for my requested season ticket refund. Judgement day arrives Saturday for King Pete. Go ask the Prez, David. He will deny, deny, deny that change is in the works. One staffer of Pete said the expectation is for a house cleaning that will happen quickly unless Turner sticks around at least until the end of the NFL season. No college program wants Turner. He has his feelers out with NFL teams just as David reported on this blog. Moves will likely have to wait until the end of the regular NFL season. If Norv returns as a head coach, Ron might follow him. This is one of the scenarios. Otherr possibilities for Ron include Jacksonville.

What a painful season. Never, never thought this program, the program I followed would implode has it has done. A series of bad on bad decisions perpetrated by a belligerent AD who seems to answer to no one. Dr. Rosenberg, you are an extremely bright man however your indecision on keeping this "leper" of an AD seems to put in question your ability to make tough calls. Will firing Pete cost FIU? Sure. Question to ponder is, "HOW MUCH IS IT COSTING FIU TO KEEP MR. GARCIA?" Look at the #'s of lost fans, boosters,donors, prespective future boosters, etc. He hasn't attracted many to come to FIU, he has driven away a large chunk of new & old fans & has developed a reputation in the FIU & S. Florida sports community that is not healthy. This is the guy you want promoting your Athletics dept? If yes, look at the results. Step outside your circle and talk to folks. Get their 2 cents & you will quickly find that Mr. Garcia's support is small to nonexistent.

What a painful season. Never, never thought this program, the program I followed would implode has it has done. A series of bad on bad decisions perpetrated by a belligerent AD who seems to answer to no one. Dr. Rosenberg, you are an extremely bright man however your indecision on keeping this "leper" of an AD seems to put in question your ability to make tough calls. Will firing Pete cost FIU? Sure. Question to ponder is, "HOW MUCH IS IT COSTING FIU TO KEEP MR. GARCIA?" Look at the #'s of lost fans, boosters,donors, prespective future boosters, etc. He hasn't attracted many to come to FIU, he has driven away a large chunk of new & old fans & has developed a reputation in the FIU & S. Florida sports community that is not healthy. This is the guy you want promoting your Athletics dept? If yes, look at the results. Step outside your circle and talk to folks. Get their 2 cents & you will quickly find that Mr. Garcia's support is small to nonexistent.

Exasperated is right on the money. Happy Thanksgiving to all FIU fans. Hey, David. We see that UF, UM and FSU have football columns in today's paper. There is no mention of FIU anywhere. This says it all. Your editors made decisions that reflect the dying FIU fan base. With barely 1,000 people in the stands and a bunch of stupid promotions to get them there, The Miami Herald has spoken. When Rosenberg announces the changes, I hope we get this story the coverage it deserves. We as Panthers supporters will return in numbers in hope of a better future when Garcia is gone. Rosenberg is ready to pull the trigger. Garcia might resign before he is fired. That is what we are hearing this morning. This is the latest. Garcia wants to go down on his own terms.

Nick, you aren't hearing squat. Stop mascerading as an insider. You are a FRAUD who claims to have intimate knowledge of the inner workings. You swore that the consultants recommended firing Pete and, as David posted the full report, there wasn't a single mention of firing Pete, late along indicting him for running a bad department. You got called out by quite a few posters, and like the true coward you are, disappeared from posting again in the thread.

Inner Circles are there for a reason, they keep info tight. If you had a "source" who then read you posting info they shared with you, two things would happen. They'd stop sharing info with you and your "souryou grow up and stop acting like a ld cease being part of the inner circle. When only a handful of people know anything, it's easy to find a leak in the organization. And trust me, it would get plugged quickly.

You're a hack and a fraud, who posts under multiple screen names to create the illusion that your inside "information" is being verified by others with their own "sources".

Grow up and stop acting like a spoiled child.

One last thing, Mr. Bigshot. I dare you to link to any blog written by Mr. Neal where he states that Ron Turner is activly searching for an NFL job, or as you put it, "has feelers out". I dare you. Post the link, Nick Walsh, and I will publicly apologize to you on this blog.

Balls in your court, champ.

I agree with N Walsh...sorry, I've been a season tix holder since day one. ..St Peters game...what a joke...get rid of Pete, Rosenberg, etc. We are a complete laughing stock...we all deserve better, including better coverage from the herald

DP (aka double penetration by Maury and Garcia): You attempt to discredit with emotion. You attempt to honor through feelings. You, DP, are part of the disillusioned, the disconnected, the dumb and the dumber. Ask David Neal for the truth, and you shall receive a healthy serving in the amount of as much as his editors will allow him to write. I have been a season ticket holder from the first season of Cristobal's run. My seats today are in an empty, embarrassing section of plastic club seats. My refund should arrive shortly for this season that will be expunged from the records. Rosenberg has apologized privately to all kf us with statements of how sorry hs is for this situation. He realizes that he was duped by Garcia into the firing of Cristobal. Now Rosenberg has the support of the trustees to eliminate Garcia. We are anxiously awaiting this.

Oh, and my prediction for today's game: FAU 21, FIU 7. Jake Medlock, one of the team leaders, has communicated his intent to transfer. Not only has FIU lost the leadership at the top with a conniving AD and disconnected coach, the school has lost leadership in the locker room. Players will play today to protect themselves. They have been lied to, called out as numbers and disgraced too many times. They will not play for this staff.

This is just one man's opinion.

Yeah, Nick. You are right. DP must be in la la land. You speak the truth about this sorry program. There are more people who believe in you and other posters than the Garcia pretenders. That sorry Pete will not be anywhere around the team today at FAU. He is hiding.

If Turner and Garcia aren't fired in the next few weeks, Rosenberg's incompetence will be more and more apparent.

Watching this team on TV is even more painful than watching the team in an empty FIU stadium. This is just awful, David Neal.

Nick got the score right. He is the man.

FIU SUCKS!!! Blow it up and start over #JamesKnappforAD #FirePeteGarcia

David Neal called the season "dismal." He is kind. The nest front-page FIU article will come soon and it will be about the termination of Garcia. It is in process. The wheels are turning at FIU.

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