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Guys, remember nobody ranked prospects back in the day. This is as inexact as it gets. It’s just like the consulting firms, just because it’s on paper and somebody has given them a ranking doesn’t mean it’s legit. Would love to see what the hit rate is on these rankings over time. In any case while we can't get too excited with rankings at the individual level, I think it does indicate that at the macro level we’re getting a higher caliber of athlete. Also, I can’t agree more with the comparisons to UM. Who cares? Let them do their thing, we’ll do ours. Go Panthers!
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I agree that we need a bit of perspective here as there's an incredibly thin line b/w success and failure. The game was riveting and exciting and obviously the outcome is what we wanted. It was an incredibly positive first step, got an audience of folks (even if just new fans in Florida) who have never watched an FIU game and showcased what they're all about. However, some perspective. I've seen the replay and I still think we got a favorable spot. Mario was gutsy by going on 4th down twice but he continues to learn on the job. His decision to challenge the refs on the spotting of the ball when our runner was clearly at least two yards shy of the first down earlier in the second half was baffling and the lost timeout almost came back to bite him in the butt. Bottom line we're going to have to win consistently and against marquee opponents before we're able to increase our national exposure. Mario has a couple of options with regards to FIU. He can truly try to build something here (and he can) a la Jim Leavitt (before the chokehold) at USF. I get the stepping stone logic but that will depend on what kind of lifestyle he'd like. Finally let's stop the continuous comparisons with UM. This doesn't have to be a zero sum game. At the end of the day there'll probably be a bunch of folks who'll root for both. Ultimately our benchmark should be UF, a sold-out stadium every Saturday and a broad and die-hard alumni base. BTW, what's up with the blog, when are we getting a new post?
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Thanks Pete. Great job. We're all hungry for more, suffering from football withdrawal after the amazing win. Make sure to keep the posts coming. What's the deal with TY? There's some chatter about him maybe not coming back for his senior year.
The offensive line is much improved. Wesley and the offense seem they're like getting more in sync with each game but would like to see fewer turnovers and penalties and a more consistent running game. The defense does look good but their susceptibility to the big play concerns me. If you look at the last two games, there have been at least 6-7 big plays that resulted in TDs. That's too many and coaches need to work on discipline. Let's hope for the best against Pitt.
Toggle Commented Sep 30, 2010 on Quarterly Gridiron Report at FIU Panthers Prowl
This stuff about the Rutgers D showing a favorable scheme for Younger might be a good explanation to use him in one series but certainly not in the subsequent ones, especially the last one when we needed to drive a considerable distance to win the game. Younger should only be brought in a third and short situation where the run / short pass options he provides are good. Unfortunately Mario missed a great opportunity to win a game against a BCS opponent in front of a packed stadium and get some press because of the same stubborn insistence on Younger that he showed in year 1. I hope this experiment is over. Texas A&M and Pitt are going to be much tougher.
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2010 on FIU vs. Rutgers live blog at FIU Panthers Prowl
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Thanks for the basketball updates. Great to hear that McCall is ready. If WY gets to play QB it should only be to run the option or the Wildcat.
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Troy 37 FIU 17
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good post fins4life. a lot of these guys are just coming on here to get everyone riled up. agree that we need to ignore the nonsense and support the locals. southpaw, our time will come. just chill and keep your head high even if some weeks will be easier than others :-).
Toggle Commented Oct 12, 2009 on Game 5: FIU vs. WKU LIVE BLOG at FIU Panthers Prowl
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A couple of other suggestions for the O: * Circus Play * Statue of Liberty See Boise State, Fiesta Bowl.
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FIU 37 WKU 36 FIU better bring their A game. No penalties, no turnovers, and dadgummit wrap up on those tackles. Also would love to see us take advantage of Younger's mobility as well as Hilton and Perry in a Wildcat formation on third and short. One word for the weather girl: caliente. Pete if we win can the next blog be about her?
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ULM 31 FIU 28
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cabin as the prodigal son you are welcome back into the flock but we really need to temper expectations and compare apples with apples. our first step is to become relevant. this is happening slowly with greater coverage in the herald and greater acknowledgment that there is interest in fiu sports. yes the gators, noles and all the other top programs have greater coverage but please uf was founded even before dade county. these programs have been around a long time and have won championships and have given their fans something to bond around. so don’t compare blog responses. next step is to win consistently. that will help bring older alumni out of the closet if you will by giving them something to rally around. fiu was right in establishing a football program because in florida nothing rallies the alumni look football. then if we’re lucky we can upgrade to a major conference. it was only in the last 20 years that fsu and um went from being independents (playing anybody, anywhere) to joining the acc and/or big east. you can’t expect with all the challenges we have in this town, that we’re going to be like michigan bringing in 110,000 for each home game overnight. yes you bring up usf but usf has defeated several ranked teams and rose to #2 in the rankings last year. that will bring out the pride plus they don’t have a team with 5 NCs in the last 30 years sharing their city. even the belen – columbus comparison is wrong. columbus was founded in the 50’s and belen’s been around for a long time as well. fiu was founded in 1972 and even then could only offer uppergrad courses for the next ten years because of da u and mdcc. it’s a young institution faced with the daunting task of having many people in the community against us, be it the media, local sports fans and heck let’s face it even some of our own alumni. however, we just need to butch up, make it happen, and stake our claim. all of that negativity will melt away with success. like I’ve said before there’s no reason why people can’t root for both the panthers and hurricanes (or whoever else they want to root for). as for cristobal, bill legg, and the rest jury’s still out but let’s give them till the end of the year before declaring the season lost. one game at a time. gotta believe.
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look everyone. i realize we're all disappointed with reason but not's let jump off the cliff just yet. yes fiu has potential because they're in a hotbed of talent, they're a young and growing university and they'e in a big tv market. that's what would make them attractive to a larger conference. but before that can even be remotely considered, we have to take care of our business. we have to consistently dominate the sun belt. no offense to temple alums, but no school would want to reach out to a new temple as a member. so don't feel sorry for TY and the others. these guys came here to lead and they'll have a chance to do that next week. as far as attendance is concerned, i would have liked more but we have several challenges. the first is that this town is a bush league sports town. i don't know if it's all the recent arrivals or the fact that everyone maintains their original allegiances but we stink. just look at what the marlins draw during important mid-week games when they're contending. to compound the fact, we're in the same town as the hurricanes, the oldest sports team in s. fla, even predating the sacred dolphins, and the fact that many people bonded with them during their dynastic period. so for now, the logical base are the students and some of the alumni. some alumni are partial to other teams since they followed them when fiu didn't have a team or some are still upset over fiu not having the right classes at the right time. rosenberg is right to address the customer service issues, especially registration, at fiu. bottom line is that enough will come around when we start WINNING consistently. finally a lot of the programs from the south are in cities where there are no pro teams. in baton rouge, gainesville, tuscaloosa, tallahassee, etc. the local team is the dolphins, marlins, heat, panthers and hurricanes all rolled into one. besides this 15 k is an arbitrary number established by the ncaa only within the last decade to perhaps slow down the number of new d1 programs being established. remember back in the early days of college football there were no requirements. no one could have predicted how popular and profitable this would all become and i'm not sure they're keen on sharing the riches. just witness how reactionary they are when it comes to establishing a playoff system and be rid of this incredibly asinine and anachronistic polling system. california really looked like a #6 team yesterday. the point of all this is to say while we have potential and our share of challenges, YOU GOTTA BELIEVE. for christ's sake FSU used to be a women's college up until almost the 50s and look where their athletics program is today. let's keep supporting them. the goal should be to reach a bowl game and to do that we need to win the sun belt and we need to have a winning record to be bowl eligible. if we accomplish that by the end of the season then we'll all have forgotten this lousy performance last night. also, let's try to chill with ratcheting up expectations at the slightest improvement. remember it's an incredibly thin line between winning and losing sometimes (think of the hilton heave from last year). in the meantime, let's all say our prayers and ask for divine inspiration for our offensive play calling, some more discipline around tackling fundamentals, assignment football, how to hold onto a football and avoid penalties. and sprinkle in some luck (which we'll need b/c the conference is much improved this year and every game will be a fight to the finish). .and you might even want to get some of the merchandise they had for sale at last night's game. for the first time the caps and shirts for sale actually looked sharp. keep the faith.
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Well last night was a disappointing performance against Toledo. If we get beat by a better team well that bites but what bites even more is when we have too many mistakes and too many penalties. We basically handed them the game. Two turnovers in the red zone just killed the momentum. After that awesome interception and return how can they not get it in the end zone? Also, I’d like to see some more creative play-calling, especially on three and short. The defenses just tee up on it and blitz when we line up with four receivers on third and short. We need something to counter that. When can’t we do our own Wildcat and just move the ball a few yards in those critical third downs. Have Younger line up along with Hilton and Perry and direct snap to one of the three just to keep the defenses guessing. If Younger gets it he can see if the target receiver is open and if not run with it. Agree with previous poster on McCall. Something’s up. I don’t think he’s 100%. Also, not using it as an excuse but is it me or has the officiating been absolutely atrocious. Goal now is to regroup and focus on the Sun Belt. However, a winning season is going to be a major milestone given that we’re three in the hole already.
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FIU 38 Toledo 34
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Guys I'm as disappointed in this loss as anyone but some perspective please. Yes, our O-line can't hang with the big boys yet. Remember also that Younger played for most of the first half and showed why Cristobal was too stubborn in his first year by sticking with him. Younger should only be brought in a Wildcat formation or to run trick plays. The guy just can't quarterback. It's scary that he's number 2 on the depth chart. Clearly Schiano anticipated Cristobal's moves fairly well. Our coaches still need to get better at making adjustments. I do think the defense played fairly well considering how long they were on the field. Remember last year how all hope was lost and then these guys turned the season around by beating Toledo. OK, so we're not consistent enough and we haven't gotten there yet but if you look at a higher level and over time, we've certainly progressed from year 1 to year 3. We have several challenges ahead of us. There are no gimme games. We have to bring it for every game and we have to cut out the penalties and turnovers and then that just might put us in a position to win. Three false starts in a row? Now if McCall gets injured then all bets are off because while I like Younger's spirit, the guy just can't QB. I'll be there for Toledo and I'm sure they'll come out more focused. But be advised, it will be a tough game.
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Yes you're right Pete, Rutgers should beat the Golden Panthers but I'm going to ride this wave of enthusiasm and predict an upset. Rivest misses a field goal early, but makes up for it with a game-winning field goal with no time left on the clock: FIU 24 Rutgers 23
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Alabama 42 FIU 13 Pete, how about an update on how the soccer team. How come they don't schedule tougher teams like some of the ACC powerhouses like Maryland, Wake Forest, UNC, and Virginia? Also, what is the rationale behind the turf at FIU? How much cheaper is the maintenance because in S. Fla. it's just wrong not to play on grass. When will the Rockies go on a losing streak? Doesn't Coghlan deserve Rookie of the Year? He deserves more media attention. I think that UM deserves their #20 ranking but obviously they can just as easily drop out. I'm hoping that Shannon gets a long-term extension.
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UF and FSU make sense because they're a measuring stick. They also bring with them a ton of fans so it makes "financial" sense. UM I could do without but the reality is that we're natural rivals. Schedule them all.
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I agree this is a bad decision. We shouldn't play these guys in any sport. What is this crap about economically advantageous? What are they just cheap prostitutes haggling over price? If you don't need to play us, then don't. Anyway the true benchmark is UF in terms of profitable athletics program. Separately, Pete is this a record for the Marlins in terms of grand slams allowed so early in the season? Jeez, we can't catch a break.
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Pete, I wanted to know the following: 1. What was Alvarez a/k/a Rosenhaus demanding from IT in exchange for his clients (Asprilla, Soto) staying? 2. Have you spoken to TT, IT, or MC about replacing Mia/NY Josh as cleanup hitter on your softball team? 3. Is Crazy Cane really Manny Navarro’s alter ego?
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