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Or, maybe just a football player who takes occasional batting practice with the baseball team. He hit .407 but over only 13 games as a sophomore. Over 22 games as a junior, he hit only .241 and had a .727 fielding percentage. Without significant improvement as a senior, he shapes up as an OK high school baseball player that would be an automatic out against Conference USA pitching.
Toggle Commented Jul 18, 2014 on Who is Terry Bennett? at FIU Panthers Prowl
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He was reinstated at Texas Tech, and suspended for the first 3 games of the season.
Toggle Commented Jul 17, 2014 on CFPA loves Richard Leonard at FIU Panthers Prowl
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"Now you want to welcome a player..." Gooch, read again. I pointedly kept my opinion out of it because I wanted to hear YOUR opinions.
Toggle Commented Jun 30, 2014 on Should FIU try to get Bethel? at FIU Panthers Prowl
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152 yards is just 15.2 yards per game. That's not a dual threat QB. But that's not what Turner wants, so it doesn't matter.
Toggle Commented Jun 26, 2014 on 3-star 2015 QB commits to FIU at FIU Panthers Prowl
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I don't know ESPN's or 247sports.com's sources. But I know mine -- for both ends -- and am comfortable with sticking with what I've been told.
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2014 on On QB Maurice Alexander at FIU Panthers Prowl
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Chia, once again, you are the Alberto Juantorena in the 800 meters of missing the point. It isn't that they didn't get Treon Harris. They had no hope of that. It's that they declined to even give a "What's up? Check us out..." when they had time to do that. Declined. Not forgot. Decided against it. I do know recruiting. I know that relationships are valuable. I know that sometimes, you recruit a kid even when you don't have a shot at him just to help your relationship with the staff and the kid, who has peers, siblings, etc. i.e., do you think MC really thought he had a shot at Teddy Bridgewater when he was in there pitching him? I also know what I've heard for more than a year from those at or close to the power high school programs in the 305 about relationships with FIU. Heard it last summer, heard it in the fall, heard it in the winter, heard it in the spring, heard it two weeks ago.
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2014 on On QB Maurice Alexander at FIU Panthers Prowl
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You're right, Shameful Journalism. I compared the salaries, experience and success of various assistants and showed that they didn't seem to match up. Terrible. I should bow my head. Then, Mr. Jarrell used more facts and math to break those facts down even more. Terrible, shameful journalism...that's taught in media seminars and the best j-schools around the country.
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Nah, I'll be inside the stadium -- but in the stands. Seriously, that's one claustrophobic press box. Great view, but, after a while, you feel like you're spending the afternoon on punishment in a basement apartment.
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FIUPantherFan: If I did my APR figuring properly -- and I'm not sure I did at all -- it depends on when Frink's transfer counts against FIU and how his academics and Joey's were. If FIU loses only one APR point from Joey's transfer and Frink's transfer counts against 2014-15, they're looking at a maximum of around 960. Basketball doesn't have much margin for error. One flunk out can put you at 923.
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And, speak of the devil, they're out.
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I don't know when FIU will release its APRs. I'm checking through the NCAA, which should be releasing everybody's today.
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DP, for a story on an event, a fact/trend, spot news, principals not talking doesn't kill the story. When FIU swept Stony Brook in the Silent Series, I still wrote game stories. Where's the football program a year after a firing that national college football writers considered the most shocking in several years? That's an obvious story that anybody would do. For a feature/advance story on a program in its second season of existence, yes, talking to the coach about the program is a necessity. So is talking to ANYBODY! You seem to miss that the coach (and it was the coach) closed off players to the media. No coach quotes+no player quotes+niche sport=no story. And as I haven't seen you in a planning meeting, haven't seen you around our offices and you don't know what kind of photos we got, you don't know how much space we were ready to give it. Remember, this wasn't a story anybody in athletics pitched to us. It was our idea. Now, you want to continue this discussion, let's move it to a new post.
Toggle Commented May 14, 2014 on A Few Football Facts & Franco at FIU Panthers Prowl
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So, let met get this straight...in addition to doing what I have to do regarding FIU, I write about FIU athletic and academic achievers I don't have to, but because I write about deficiencies in FIU's athletic department that would be reported by any beat writer covering a D-1 athletic program -- and some of my peers around the country are surprised I haven't written about them more -- I've got a personal problem with FIU, your AD, etc. Got it. It's just business. I'm too old and don't know these people well enough for it to be personal from this side.
Toggle Commented May 14, 2014 on A Few Football Facts & Franco at FIU Panthers Prowl
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No beef. I had just never bothered to figure out the attendance bonus. Once I did, I thought it was pretty massive for an underfunded department leaving positions open; with programs begging for money (less money than that bonus, in fact); that had few stadium suites sold to non-FIU entities; and had kickoff crowds outnumbered by a popular/rich girl's quinces party. Some people would find the contrast of that bonus against those facts and the images of empty seats jarring. I did. Then again, many things people outside FIU find jarring are accepted as SOP at FIU. And I don't drink cafe con leche. I drink entire coladas. Sometimes, two a day.
Toggle Commented May 13, 2014 on A Few Football Facts & Franco at FIU Panthers Prowl
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PikeDanny: Sorry, kind of like to keep my job so got to keep being a Multimedia Mutha. I'm no Chuck Jones, but going to have to keep doing videos along with writing. As I've done once I figured out what the little video camera setting on my camera allowed me to do. If you don't like them, don't watch. It's taken you a while to complain, however...
Toggle Commented May 13, 2014 on A Few Football Facts & Franco at FIU Panthers Prowl
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Oh, you mean positive like...the sand volleyball team I tried to write about? The softball team I did write about? The swim team (FIU's best overall program) that nobody but me writes about? The Felsberg Field naming that only one member of the local media covered and that on his own before doing his actual assignment for that day, the last round of Doral nearby (where every local media outlet was, yet strangely didn't bother to slide over to Camp Mitch)... And if you think it doesn't matter whether you get a company, internal employees (or your own dollars) to cover your financial butt or actually put real butts in seats...yeah, go ask a coach, a recruit or anyone actually concerned with the image of your school about that.
Toggle Commented May 13, 2014 on A Few Football Facts & Franco at FIU Panthers Prowl
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Ask the Typepad folks. If you recall, I've had my issues with them, unable to answer under my own sign-on for a while. I've only blocked the racist anti-FIU geek and a couple of obvious multiple identity types. I haven't deleted a single post since you and another guy got a little graphic and I knocked out both posts.
Toggle Commented May 13, 2014 on A Few Football Facts & Franco at FIU Panthers Prowl
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PikeDanny: You would stick to writing. That's why you don't have my job, and I do still have my job as it changes to suit a multimedia age. Been doing vids for four years, including FIU stuff and ones that smoothly edited Channing Crowder for mass consumption. DP: You're so Pavolvian, considering what "DP" stands for, perhaps "PB" would be more appropriate. Difference between Marlins & FIU -- Marlins aren't facing a form of relegation when they fudge their attendance figures; their fudging is, well, fudging; and I doubt the person in charge of filling their stadium got a 5% base salary bonus (which I haven't reported before and was really the video's raison d'etre) after such emptiness. That nearly $20,000 matters in an athletic department so strapped, they've left positions unfilled and ask their coaches to fund-raise not for extras, but for operating costs.
Toggle Commented May 13, 2014 on A Few Football Facts & Franco at FIU Panthers Prowl
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Hey, Gooch. The building is easy to find. The US Southern Command, an incredibly massive facility, is next door. We're in its former location. I'll be gone by the time you get here, doing the pickup thing.
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I deleted it because I thought it reflected poorly on the overworked, understaffed media relations staff and that wasn't the point at all.
Toggle Commented May 8, 2014 on Coley Cut at FIU Panthers Prowl
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How is it out there? Gooch suggested a player wasn't worthy of mentioning because he hadn't scored. I pointed out many starters, of which the guy was one, don't score, especially if they're defenders. Yeah, I'm desperate. I REALLY wanted another Winston Fraser-like incident to write about because it's such a slow, dull time in South Florida sports this week...
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Gooch, this isn't basketball. Many fine soccer players go through their careers without scoring. Last year, nine field players who started over half the games they played didn't register a goal. Five of them didn't get a goal or assist. The year before, Anthony Hobbs, the best player on the team, started all 17 games with no points. Expecting a lot of points from Bray is akin to expecting it from Demarkus Perkins.
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Gooch, I don't know what 2014 rankings you're seeing. 247sports.com ranked FIU 10th in C-USA. Rivals.com had FIU tied for sixth, but also tied for the lowest average per recruit rating. Scout.com had FIU seventh, but still gives FIU credit for Donavan Williams, thus kneecapping their overall credibility. Also, there is at least one eligibility concern among FIU's top 5 2014 signees. That said, I'll be interested to see what the running backs can do.
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fiu ALUMNI 86, stay with that name. Mike Lowell & DP: I deleted one of each of your comments in the last debate for being a little too, ah, raw. Just keep it clean here. DP, there's no evidence Mike Lowell is posting as anybody else. Not saying he isn't, but there's no evidence that he is.
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Most very good high or long jumpers usually hit one or two jumps in their career that are phenomenal anomalies. Most of the time, that jump is at the high school level -- a friend won the state title with a high jump just one inch under the NCAA championship height that same day. Sometimes, that leap is in college -- Jesse Owens 1935 world record, which stood for 25 years. But the next anomaly on the world class level was Beamon's freak leap in the 1968 Olympics that blasted through the then-world record by almost two feet, a ridiculous amount. When Beamon's record was broken, it was by two inches. Carl Lewis fouled on his anomaly jump, a 30-footer at the 1982 National Sports Festival, a moment I remember well(. http://joeposnanski.com/joeblogs/the-30-foot-jump/). The combination of foul possibilities -- Owens almost fouled out at the 1936 Olympics in the prelims -- Owens and Beamon's stratospheric jumps and limited appeal/talent draw of the event really since Mike Powell broke Beamon's record combines to keep the long jump record relatively stagnant.
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