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Jovon Durante presents WVU an unusual option

Highly rated 4 star WR Jovon Durante out of Miami Florida has given WVU a guarantee that he will follow through on his verbal commitment to the Mountaineers, with one possible catch, bring his brother to Morgantown. Durante, a class of 2015 recruit, signed with WVU in July of 2013. However, he never truly closed his recruiting which is not uncommon. What is uncommon is the statement...
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

NBA Draft Blog Interview with Tymell Murphy

There are many roads to a professional basketball career, and a lot of the groundwork that propels a player forward in his career doesn’t always start at the NCAA level. There are many reason players start their college career in Junior College, but for many of them the goal is still the same – becoming a professional basketball player. Florida International senior Tymell Murphy...
Via NBA Draft Blog
May 12, 2014  |  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

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

Dierickx to transfer from FIU to Washington

Center Gilles Dierickx (Je-EEL Deer-ECK) will transfer from Florida International to Washington and be eligible for the 2013-14 season. Washington announced the 6-foot-11 Dierickx's transfer on Monday. He will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out next season due to NCAA transfer rules. Dierickx played sparingly for Florida International last season, appearing...
Via AP on Fox
July 02, 2012  |  Discuss

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.

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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