I am going to say it, just so that the 500 lb. gorilla is off the table immediately. FIU is a program in shambles and if the offense doesn’t hang another half-a-Benjamin on this weekend’s opponent, then we have some serious issues and we can suspend any talk of winning C-USA.
Yes…I will also say we just need to win…one point or a hundred, we want the win. But style points do matter for a program trying to close out its term in C-USA properly while keeping an eye on the UCFs of the world. Hated to have to say this, but they are heading in the right direction no matter how much I despise their coach and their fans. And, they will be the AAC benchmark next year.
The off week has brought with it a bunch of items to ponder so I am going to sort of scatter shoot it in this post.
FIU and our Team
Looking for any and all information I could find on this team, I stumbled across David Neal’s blog at the Miami Herald. I applaud David’s style in his approach to covering a team that is in serious trouble if it wants to hang around at the top level. He aptly describes their attendance issues and how real they are and I love his comments on the NCAA…soooooo true…they will definitely hold FIU to the attendance requirements for top-level football because $$$$$$ is attached to it. Never mind the trivial business of paying players, changing grades, and that type of stuff…but dammit, the NCAA draws the line on not turning the gates enough.
Particularly, David got a good chuckle out of me in his October 28th post:
“Considering the Pirates have ravaged three opponents for more than 50 points, it’s worth asking if the number of fans on the south side of the stadium at kickoff will exceed the over/under points line when that gets posted.”
As for Keith…I think the biggest cost to the program is that we have to burn a redshirt for Kurt Benkert. Anyone who follows my writing here or elsewhere knows that I think Benkert is the next starting quarterback at ECU. This is why I have mixed emotions about the Keith injury. Never want to see a player hurt, but in his absence, Benkert is going to get a lot of reps in the system that he has not seen yet. And, if the game goes as expected Saturday, Benkert should get his first collegiate, live game experience in a game where there should be absolutely ZERO pressure. If this happens, these snaps will be über valuable not only for Kurt, but for the program. I believe Kurt will be the unquestioned No. 2 next season injury or no. He is a more complete quarterback, polished, and stronger than Cody, IMO. So, from my perspective, the future is now…for Kurt. For Cody, I hope he heals up and comes into spring like a guy who has to battle for survival, revving up the QB competition as the younger guns jockey for the 2015 job.