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Also... as a former WRGP'er, glad to hear about McCall. He's a pretty well-spoken person. He should do well in that role. We had kicked around the idea of bringing in a former player, but since most don't stay at FIU after their playing days as a student, it's hard to do.
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2010 on Welcome to The Prowl at FIU Panthers Prowl
Petey! You're back! Sweeeeeet! I fully expect a big "thank you" for my post on FIUGoldenPanthers.com telling people that you should run the blog for FIUSports.com. You owe me, pal! ;) OK... seriously... no thanks needed. I doubt my post had any impact anyway. I'm just glad you're back to doing what you're good at. Kudos to the FIU administration for getting this done!
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2010 on Welcome to The Prowl at FIU Panthers Prowl
Jarvis is an interesting hire. Personally, I think FAU made out pretty well there. Nothing against Walters, but I never thought he was particularly good. I don't know why he was such a hot commodity to begin with. Jarvis had all kinds of issues at St. John's, but his teams were winners. And they got a lot of guys coming back this year... that's notable because, when Jarvis took over his 1st year at SJU, I think that was the year they had a deep NCAA tourney run. Not sure about that, but I think that's the case. I'm not saying FAU is going to do that, but stranger things have happened in March Madness. FIU Fan: There's a panther statue that they touch before they go onto the field, which is sort of like other schools. But if you're referring to something visible... and something that fans can get into... and something that sets the tone... then yeah, something needs to be made. That was part of the reason I was doing that whole grown/GNR thing I told you about. Like I said, I never got a shot to try it.. but I do think it's important that a certain mood be set before games. That mood helps hook fans. Considering a lot of the guys at FIU now were at Miami, they know that better than I do. I'm sure something's being cooked up. CJ: There's a trophy for the Shula Bowl. How could you have missed that? It's just a piece of wood with the FIU and FAU helmets on it. But I'm with you... they should re-do the trophy. It's so blah. There's nothing special about it at all. But I kind of doubt it will be changed at this point.
Toggle Commented May 28, 2008 on The Next 70-Something Days at FIU Panthers Prowl
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FIU Fan: Funny you should mention the growl noise and that GNR song. I got a story about that. When I started stadium announcing for FIU (this was in 2006), FIU wasn't doing anything like that. Or, at least, not much of it. When they gave me the job, the growl sound was one of the first things I asked about. I always wondered why it was never done more often. I was told that it was because a lot of the coaches, players and staff thought it was corny and annoying. Also... and I never knew this beforehand... panthers don't actually growl. Other cat-like animals do. And, if you do use sound effects during games, you have to be careful that you don't affect the game itself by using it. It's an NCAA thing that can land you in hot water (though, to be honest, it's a rule that's highly subject to interpretation.) If you don't time it right, they can rule that it affects the players on the field, and you can get into trouble for that. But despite all that, I wanted to do it anyway... y'know, to try to liven things up... and fortunately, I was given the OK starting with football. I actually had to find a growl sound, though, but once I did, it was all good. :) I originally wanted to use the growl in a couple of ways. One of those ways (and I SWEAR that I'm not making this up) was to have the team come in with a chorus of growls and "Welcome to the Jungle" in the background. I think I still have that sound file I made somewhere. I had a whole routine set up and everthing. I never got to use it, though, for two reasons. One... intro's at most of the games (especially football) are on a tight time sked. "X" has to be done at "Y" time, and that's usually planned out before the season starts. Normally, the announcers are part of that process, but I wasn't because I was hired like 3 days before the home opener against Bowling Green. I couldn't get it into the sked. Just as well, though... because (and this is #2) I found out later that "Welcome to the Jungle" happens to be a song that the 'Canes football team uses during pre-game warm-ups. I didn't think, at the time, that it was a good idea to use a song that they do. I tried to find a good song with "Cage" in it, but I never did find anything suitable. In retrospect, though... lots of places use that GNR song, so maybe it's not that big a deal. Anyway... we ended up just using the growl for FIU 1st downs and scores. As far as I know, Roman still does that. But I don't know for sure, since I'm not around anymore.
Toggle Commented May 27, 2008 on The Next 70-Something Days at FIU Panthers Prowl
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