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J-DJN: I'm sure you posted similar complaints to others in the media (and out) who posted similar shots of Saturday's crowd on Twitter or their blogs and did so cursing at them in Spanish. So, your "waaaaaahhhhh" will live on elsewhere after I delete it here for foul language.
Toggle Commented Sep 17, 2014 on Broken Beach -- UPDATED at FIU Panthers Prowl
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FIU Fanatic, you might be right. That was the start of my last year of my first turn on this beat (which was really considered a side gig to high schools and Northwest/North Central Dade sports). I recall the floor being really damaged and the team practicing on the side courts. I didn't recall a fully new floor being laid, however.
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2014 on Broken Beach -- UPDATED at FIU Panthers Prowl
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This is a Herald-wide policy. We did it for the regular stories and columns on the website back in 2013.
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The park will be open, Que Bola.
Toggle Commented Sep 11, 2014 on Conference USA says, "Whoops." at FIU Panthers Prowl
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Gooch, I'll do my usual pregame blog Friday night with my long-winded, sometimes accurate pregame analysis. Pitt runs the ball with a huge running back and mobile QB, has a big wide receiver they'll probably try to hit deep off play action, but comes with a meh defense. Some cheap points early would help FIU immensely.
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I'll be bringing a colada or two. I wonder if the assembled media should try to buffalo our way into one of the unsold suites. There's air conditioning in those.
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I'm aiming to make it there early enough to drop by. Last week, got going much later than intended.
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1. Yes. But the ban on coaches and players talking to me remains. 2. I'll just say they had other complaints beyond the video. To be clear, I don't think the numbers got fudged just to make Garcia's bonus. And the bonus was actually over $19,000. 3. Because it's an ever-growing Division I school. I don't think the truth is always being mangled. I don't think it's always adhered to strictly, but that's the way it is with every professional team/college program. 4. I don't know. 5. I wondered that myself. 6. It makes sense for the home team to be on the sideline with the suites and the media. 7. I don't know about any bounced checks. From poking around, I did get the sense that something went wrong from the donor end.
Toggle Commented Sep 6, 2014 on Kumbaya at FIU Panthers Prowl
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Skinny jeans in late August heat? Don't do it, Section 112, don't do it! You're not young men! Parts might take weeks to recover from the continuous squishing. My presence Saturday? Shrug.
Toggle Commented Aug 29, 2014 on Good Impressions at FIU Panthers Prowl
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JC, if you don't think fun has been made of UM's attendance and the Dolphins' attendance, especially on Twitter, you haven't been paying attention. And, if the attendance might be an NCAA issue, yes, it's my job to write about it. Just like APR. And if the athletic department is cash-strapped and somebody's getting a fat bonus for what looks like a job not that well done, guess what? That's why you have a beat reporter. To know it and point that out. Just like he points out when you have NCAA qualifying swimmers and former quarterbacks who get doctorates. A similar example involving many more people, more money, a much larger company and effect on the local economy, but you don't think The Detroit Free Press or Detroit News' business pages pointed out the GM CEO's bonus after some bad GM years? FIUPantherFan, you're right. FIUSports.com does provide all of that. But four years of your mindset is what the NHL was recovering from most of the 11 years I was on the Panthers/NHL beat. Also, Pravda could do many excellent things in covering the Kremlin. But, no matter how thorough it seemed the coverage, it still had the limitation of being Pravda.
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2014 on Good Impressions at FIU Panthers Prowl
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DP, that's your opinion. Maybe you have a point. FIUPantherFan, that was a beating? Pshhhh. That was written over three sips of Colombian at Europa Coffee Shop & Car Wash. A beating takes at least three-fourths of a colada. Anyway, not everyone who cares about FIU -- or those who don't care about FIU -- share your opinion on the sky's color. You're right, FIU doesn't have casual fans. That's one of the problems athletics must fight perpetually. Fighting it while fighting the only media who regularly notices you seems like the kind of two-front war that won't win you many games of Risk.
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2014 on Good Impressions at FIU Panthers Prowl
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Diagodog, what I heard about the football team is they're playing Saturday and there will be a game advance in the paper as well as a pregame blog here; they receive the same level of coverage in Friday's football special sections as they did last year; and we wrote about their opponent Saturday in today's paper. Oh, and there were two posts Monday, one before the depth chart came out (updated after Monday afternoon teleconference) and one afterwards. So, in other words, the same amount of game week football coverage as usual except for Tuesday's practice report despite their See No David, Speak To No David policy. And I already have a small piece of a Pulitzer to put on my resume. FIUPantherFan, didn't I just write that your school did something positive this year with respect to hospitality toward another school's fans that they didn't do last year? Oh, and if you Google one of the directional Michigans, you'll find an entire article on a similar ticket topic for the same reason -- that season, the school was working under a warning from the NCAA about attendance staying at FBS levels. I wrote one paragraph this time. I've never said or even intimated FIU was "horrible." FIU is the university that's grown exponentially over the last 20 years educationally while building a collegiate atmosphere in a major metro areas suburb. I write about the FIU athletic department. It hasn't advanced quite as smoothly. Your three most successful teams on the record over the last three years are women's soccer, swimming & diving and women's golf. Hard to say I've ignored those teams, even though I could completely ignore them and it would make no difference on how my superiors evaluate my job performance. Your most successful individual athlete, Jerica Coley, certainly hasn't been ignored on blog or in print. Your two programs of greatest interest and prominence -- therefore, the ones I'll write about the most -- are football and men's basketball. They've had a few problems over the last three years. Do the math. Or, don't.
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2014 on Good Impressions at FIU Panthers Prowl
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Coleman averaged 17.5 yards per catch in 2012 with games of 5 for 115 vs. Middle, 3 for 73 vs. Troy. Both games, he got deep for scores. He's a big play threat. I think he's the one that used to be called "BlackFast." For all the support Hilliard gets by word of mouth or word of Tweet, maybe guys could try supporting him by hanging on to his passes or not fumbling after the catch. Or, not jumping the snap, putting Hilliard and the rest of the offense in bad down-distance situations. Ironic that, of that 2012 class, Colimon, who came in as a safety, might have the best chance at getting the most snaps at linebacker.
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2014 on Saturday Information at FIU Panthers Prowl
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Here's the update: I'm still officially banned. As far as Saturday, to quote "Pulp Fiction," "I'm kind of curious about that myself."
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Hickman was solid in the spring. That was rookie camp and in shorts. Now, it's full grown NFL men in pads. I saw one Tampa scribe say that Gaitor's unlikely to make the 53 there, but might stand out and catch on elsewhere. I think Mertile's a camp body in Houston, considering when he was signed.
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2014 on FIU future and past at FIU Panthers Prowl
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Gentlemen, let's try not to lose our PG rating here.
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I'm sorry. I'll, henceforth, no longer mention betting lines. Nah, just kidding. I'll keep doing it just as I've done it for almost every game the last three seasons and if you don't like it, you'll skip over it.
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BGH, if you have a problem that I continue to use the same style that served me well throughout this career of 27 years, you can shuffle your perpetual unhappiness back to wherever you were from December to May. You claim you care only about football and baseball, but didn't post a single thing about the positives shown during spring football nor anything at all about a baseball season of individual accomplishments.
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2014 on Thank you... at FIU Panthers Prowl
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Thanks for the recap, Chia. Turner got my question about the home games wrong. I asked, "Eight home games, plus or minus?" Seems like a stupid question and he gave the answer I expected. But sometimes, you ask knowing you might get a different answer than you expect. Maybe he gives me a different reason than the rote for why he likes eight home games and I learn something. Also, I've had coaches and, even more so, players on teams having trouble drawing fans tell me they like a charged atmosphere as much as fans do so they'd rather play in front of a decent road crowd than a sparse home crowd. This will be my 28th season covering a team or school as a there-every-day beat. I've covered a few very good teams, some mediocre teams and a whole lot of bad ones, including the two worst Dolphins seasons since the merger. Excellent coaches/GMs/presidents, ones who were in over their heads and Nick Saban. I infuriated all of them at some point. If you write daily on a team or school, that's going to happen unless you're doing fanboy coverage. Yet none of them ever behaved the way some of the folks at FIU have. Some, not all. Not even most. Some. I'll leave it at that for now.
Toggle Commented Aug 16, 2014 on Looking For A Few Good Fans at FIU Panthers Prowl
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Data to come. I was discussing FIU enrollment with someone Monday. When I said, "Seventh largest," he corrected, "Fourth. We just got the numbers in today." Guy's got no reason to lie about it.
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Actually, according to the soon-to-be-released numbers, FIU is fourth.
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Keep it clean, guys. Doesn't have to be G-rated, but let's not get into the R and X zone.
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I just updated this post. Coach Turner and I spoke this evening about The Herald's coverage of the program and will speak again in the future.
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2014 on Practice, Day 1 at FIU Panthers Prowl
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Pikedanny, outside West Dade, all of my peers looked at the two examples you site as just doing my job. Some of them saw at it as doing it well. Also, I can come up with more examples in which I've covered so-called "positive" things in FIU's athletic department even when said stories/coverage were well beyond what I'm asked to do in covering this beat. Meanwhile, nobody else in this town would do an extra hamstring stretch to cover anything colored FIU (i.e., today. Or, the day of the Felsberg Field dedication, when every media outlet in town was at Doral with hours to kill before the leaders teed off for the final round). And, I'm not crying about today (and what might be tomorrow). I'm just letting you good folks know why today's coverage is much skimpier than the last few years of usually-detailed daily training camp coverage on the blog and will be a brief instead of a story in print.
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2014 on Practice, Day 1 at FIU Panthers Prowl
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You slow -- reported back in the football practice times post.
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2014 on First day of camp! at FIU Panthers Prowl
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