Remember when FIU softball entered the season as Conference USA co-favorite and would host the conference tournament? Then, missed the tournament?
That was last year, Gator Rebhan's first year as head coach of what turned out to be a team in transition. This year, the conference coaches put the preseason favorite hat on Florida Atlantic while predicting FIU sixth out of 12. FIU junior infielder Stephanie Texeira was the lone Panther voted to the preseason all-conference team.
Speaking of transition, word around campus is extra construction necessary for the softball locker rooms scheduled to be habitable last summer ballooned the cost to almost $2 million. Two million dollars was the total goal of the Women's Sports Campaign anticipated (so it was stated) to fund the softball/golf locker room & lounge, among other projects. No fingers to point on this, unless you want to say the campaign's bar sat too low.