Apparently, that schedule wall that stretches for 9 miles from FIU to the east in Coral Gables appears to be crumbling with FIU getting a visit from the crosstown school in volleyball on Sept. 10. And your Panthers could be looking at the Gators and Seminoles on their schedules in ALL sports on a regular basis in the near future.
Here's the story by yours truly running in Saturday's MH:
FIU and the University of Miami did not have any games scheduled between the two schools in the foreseeable future, but that has changed in one sport and might change in many more.
Recently, UM cancelled all games in revenue sports with FIU, and FIU cancelled all games in non-revenue sports with UM.
But the scheduling freeze ended with the Golden Panthers now scheduled to host the Hurricanes in volleyball Sept. 10 at U.S. Century Bank Arena.
And with new FIU basketball coach Isiah Thomas on board, the teams are discussing a game for this coming fall.
FIU athletic director Pete Garcia said Friday that the schools are in talks to find a date to play basketball for the upcoming season.
“Kirby Hocutt and I have had very productive conversations in reference to scheduling,” Garcia said. “We will continue to have conversations about future scheduling in every sport.”
FIU is also in discussions with Florida and Florida State to schedule games in all sports, including the three revenue sports: football, basketball and baseball.
The Panthers are playing football at Florida this November and just played Florida State in baseball last week.
Garcia believes playing the Gators and Seminoles on a regular basis is just as important as playing the Hurricanes.
“It’s important to us to play Miami,” said Garcia. “But we want to make sure we balance our schedules by playing Florida and Florida State just as much.”
Before the games in the revenue sports were cancelled, FIU and UM had played in baseball every year from 1973-2007, and in basketball from 1987-1992 and again from 2001-2008.
FIU and UM met in football twice in 2006 and 2007.
Nice turnout on our Latavious poll question on the last blog. In the voting's first day, 35 states chimed in, but so far the leading vote says FIU has 0% chance of landing LW.
Some readers in Buenos Aires, Argentina were a little more optimistic giving LW a 25% chance of becoming a Panther.
Before we add Argentina to our scorecard, here's a link to a blog on the latest with Freddy: As The AAU World Turns
GPP WORLDWIDE READERSHIP SCORECARD:
The GPP is now read in: 44 STATES: ALA, ARI, ARK, CA, COL, CT, DEL, FLA, GA, HI, IDAHO, IL, IND, IOWA, KAN, KY, LA, MASS, MD, MICH, MIN, MISS, MISSOURI, MON, NEB, NEV, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OH, OK, ORE, PA, RI, SC, TEN, TEX, UTAH, VA, VER, WASH, WEST VA., WISC.
35 COUNTRIES: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Scotland, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, U.S.A., Venezuela, Vietnam.
1 DISTRICT: Washington, D.C. and 1 TERRITORY: Puerto Rico.