When I got this e-mail, I thought I was the only person who received it. I forwarded it with a shake of the head to the FIU athletics media relations department.
Then, I found out this comes from a company, JTS Communications, hired by the school (which already has an under resourced athletic media relations department that just got returned to full staff) and this e-mail went out to a busload of media members. This is an embarrasingly slipshod collection of bits and bytes concocted by a mass of misfiring synapses.
I eliminated the name of the employee, who clearly needed more supervision. Whatever has been paid to JTS Communications by FIU -- which has so much money to throw around -- should be refunded to the school like five-day-old grouper.
Happy New Year!
I wanted to introduce you to FIU's new head football coach, Ron Turner.
I thought you might be interested in speaking with Coach Turner as he embarks on a very important recruiting season. He is looking to revamp FIU’s football program for a better 2014 season.
After a disappointing 1-11 season, there is only room for improvement. Turner is hoping to turn the program around with fresh recruits and new coaching tactics. 2014 should prove to be an exciting season for FIU!
This will be Turner's 36th season coaching football, including nine as head coach of Illinois and San Jose State, along with appearances in eight bowl games throughout his 24 seasons at the collegiate level. He previously spent 12 seasons coaching in the NHL.
Click here to download Turner's full bio with additional information and stats.
Please let me know if you are interested in booking an interview with Coach Turner. I look forward to hearing back from you soon!
The real opening of 2014 baseball season is the Diamond Dinner on Feb. 8 in the Graham Center Ballroom. Former longtime major league pitching good Jim Kaat will be the featured speaker. Also, 15 items will be auctioned off live, another 100 items will be in a silent auction. Tickets are $120 per person, $1,200 for a group of 10. For tickets, call Alyssa Meyer at 305-348-7297 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask about the group discount. Really, ask about it because there doesn't appear to be one.
Now, for actual action, the baseball team opens up Valentine's Day at University Park with the first of a three-game series against Rutgers. I mean action on the field. As far as other action, your honey's love of baseball and FIU will determine that if you attend.
FIU's first 11 games will be at home against Rutgers, Stetson, Stony Brook, Florida Memorial and Dartmouth along with a Mar. 27 exhibition against the Marlins up at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter. The first home Conference USA opponent will be always-tough Rice on Mar. 14. The FAU games are at Camp Mitch April 18-20 and a non-conference game in Boca May 13.
The Conference USA tournament will be May 21-25 in picturesque Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where there's a Waffle House a half-mile in either direction off the exit near the Southern Mississippi campus