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FIU rolls to an 80-72 win at UTSA

Dennis Mavin led five Florida International players in double-figure scoring and the Golden Panthers rolled to an 80-72 win at Texas-San Antonio Thursday night. FIU led by six at the half and carried a 10-point lead through the second half to push their season record past the .500 mark. The Golden Panthers lost their only other meeting with the Roadrunners, losing 71-65 in 2001...
Via AP on Fox
February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Florida International holds off FAU 66-57

Dennis Mavin turned a Jerome Frink steal into a three-point play with 39 seconds left as Florida International held on to defeat Florida Atlantic 66-57 Saturday. FAU had trimmed a 10-point deficit to 5 with 90 seconds left but on its second chance to get closer Frink stole the ball and fed Mavin for the back-breaker. Tymell Murphy led FIU (11-9, 3-2 Conference USA) with 14 points...
Via AP on Fox
January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Florida International: Bad At Football, Good At Modeling

You don’t need me to tell you just how bad the Florida International football team is this season. I’m sure you’re already well aware at this point. Statistics actually show that the FIU Panthers may be the worst FBS team to ever play in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. While they may be towards the bottom in the country on the football field, there is one thing that the FIU...
Via The Cardinal Connect
September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Appeal by Rakeem Buckles to transfer to Gophers denied by NCAA

MINNEAPOLIS -- Rakeem Buckles was hoping to follow Richard Pitino from Florida International to Minnesota. His plan has now hit a dead end. The Gophers men's basketball team announced Tuesday that Buckles' appeal for immediate eligibility has been denied by the NCAA. Minnesota's original transfer waiver request was denied Aug. 28. Buckles, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward...
Via Fox Sports North
September 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Malik Smith eligible for Minnesota

Shooting guard Malik Smith will be able to play for Minnesota this season after coming from Florida International with coach Richard Pitino. The university announced Wednesday that the NCAA approved a transfer waiver for the 6-foot-2 Smith, who will be a senior. He averaged 14.7 points and 2.7 rebounds last season for FIU while setting a school record with 96 made 3-pointers. He...
Via AP on Fox
July 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Gophers' Malik Smith eligible to play immediately

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Gophers men's basketball team received good news Wednesday as senior Malik Smith's transfer waiver was approved by the NCAA. That means the former Florida International guard will be eligible to play for Minnesota in the 2013-14 season. Smith spent his junior year at FIU under coach Richard Pitino, who was hired earlier this year to coach Minnesota after...
Via Fox Sports North
July 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Rakeem Buckles Expected To Follow Richard Pitino To Minnesota

I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t wish former Louisville forward Rakeem Buckles was on the floor with the team when they won the 2013 national championship just a month ago. Buckles was a part of Louisville’s 2009 recruiting class and had things gone the way we had hoped, he would have been a senior on this year’s championship team. Buckles’ collegiate career hit an...
Via The Cardinal Connect
May 15, 2013  |  Discuss

FIU transfer Malik Harris follows Pitino to Minnesota

New Minnesota mens basketball head coach Richard Pitino left Florida International to become a Gopher, and it looks like he wont be the only one to do so. Malik Smith, a junior guard from Boston, Mass., announced via Twitter that he had chosen Minnesota over Alabama as the place where he would play out his final season of NCAA eligibility. "My decision is final. I'm a Minnesota...
Via Fox Sports North
May 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Florida International’s new beach court is brilliant marketing

Marketing is critical to sales. Maybe it’s just as important for college hoopswins? If so, it could be a good explanation for Florida International University’s recent rise from anonymity. The Golden Panthers made it to the Sun Belt conference finals this year before falling to Western Kentucky. You probably didn’t know that. But, you’ve likely heard about FIU hoops in recent...
Via Legend of Cecilio Guante
April 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Florida International unveils a potential new basketball floor design that screams South Florida

The Florida International Golden Panthers have unveiled a new court design, and it feels like there should be ukeleles instead of a marching band involved.
Via Gamedayr
March 20, 2013  |  Discuss

FIU players take recruit to strip club

New Florida International coach Ron Turner already has a mini scandal on his hands. Over the weekend, a couple of FIU football players -- redshirt sophomore safety Demarkus Perkins and junior defensive tackle Isame Faciane -- tweeted about taking a prospective recruit to a strip club. On Monday, the Twitter accounts of both players were shut down, though they remain on the team....
Via Fox Sports Florida
January 30, 2013  |  Discuss
WHAT HAPPENS AT FIU ...

FIU players take recruit to strip club

I'm sure it isn't the first time a recruit has been taken to a strip club.  However, it isn't very wise to take to Twitter to gloat about it.

Via The Victory Formation
January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Episode 125 – Florida International the Sun Belt favorite

Florida International student beat reporter Luis Gutierrez We all know that Mario Cristobal has developed quite the coaching profile in recent years. His dedication to establishing and building the Golden Panthers is commendable for so many reasons, especially when other positions have seemed to have his name practically on the office door at Rutgers and Pittsburgh. You can say...
Via No 2 Minute Warning
July 18, 2012  |  Discuss
GOTTA SUPPORT THE COACH

FIU players walk out on banquet

In a show of solidarity with recently fired coach Isiah Thomas, Florida International's basketball team walked out of an end-of-the-year banquet in their honor.

Via NESN.com
April 10, 2012  |  7 Comments

Are T.Y. Hilton's FIU Golden Panthers The Best CFB Team In Miami?

There has been a transfer in power in the town most known as the melting pot. As the University of Miami ("The U") will be watching these bowl games from their couches at home, FIU is playing in their second consecutive bowl. At 8-4 the Golden Panthers will be taking on the 6-6 Marshall Thundering Herd in the Beef O' Brady's bowl, December 20, in St. Petersburg...
Via Football Nation
December 06, 2011  |  Discuss
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