UPCOMING HOME GAMES/MATCHES:
Men's basketball vs. Florida Memorial, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Women's basketball vs. Cleveland State, Sunday, 2 p.m.
FIU's next real opportunity for its first Conference USA team title comes in February when swim & dive takes a break from making the best coladas at the baseball concession stand to hit the conference meet. After that, it's the softball team, which should win a title in the next two to three years.
The class signed to letters of intent last week, in alphabetical order:
Lissette Garay, RHP, Indian River State College: 10-3 with four saves 106 strikeouts in 118.2 innings and a Gibsonian 1.12 earned run average. Garay went to high school at Winter Haven All Saints Academy.
Megan Kugelmann, RHP/1B/OF, Cocoa Beach High: .519 batting average with four home runs and 32 RBI last year. In travel ball with the Tampa Mustangs, .393 average with 19 RBI. She played varsity in high school ball in seventh grade. She made All-State in 2012 (Second Team) and 2013 (First Team).
Janae Perera, OF, Tampa Sickles High: Played on Wagners GOLD Dunn, American Softball Association 18U national champions
Halie Roberson, SS/OF, Sarasota High: .330 batting average, .458 on-base percentage, with four home runs and 25 RBI.
Jackie Schoff, OF, Bradenton Lakewood Ranch High: She's also an outfielder with Roberson on the Sarasota Meet the Heat 18U team.
Abby Summers, P, Weston (Mo.) West Platte High: Class 2 All-State pitcher.
This is the kind of letter you get from the four-letter non-word when you're an FBS school and your attendance falls below a 15,000 average, as FIU did in 2012.
Considering a second consecutive year like this would put FIU on double secret NCAA probation for a decade (one misstep from restricted status, meaning no conference championship game and no bowl game, both of which are possibilities two years from now), somebody needs to work on getting fans in the stadium.