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Who has been keeping up with the golden kitty's?

I have been reading up a bit on Miami Herald, and some blog…i know its early to tell, but what do you think they will offer this year…some interesting comments by OC James Coley:

''I just saw a bunch of guys that were lost,'' Coley said of the 2006 offense that averaged fewer than 10 points a game. ``There was no rhyme or reason for what they were doing . . . The scheme was not a bad concept, but five out of 11 guys didn't know what they were doing sometimes and there's a problem with that."

i dont know if i agree with him…they were young, and learning a complicated offense (pro style)…im out to the jury…dont know if all the hype with produce anything, or if the "rawness" of Cristobal will have effect on his ability to effectively "run the show"…spirited pratices are one thing, game decisions and play calling are another - entirely…he's green in my book…

one thing is for sure - you can talk spread offense all you want, and deem it a saviour for a lackluster offense, but you better have athletes to make it work - see Hawaii, or Boise State for illustration…they aren't standing out as head and shoulders above anyone in the conference…quite the contary actually…

im not sold…

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Boise State is pretty damn good. I wouldn't say that they aren't head and shoulders above other conference teams.

As for FIU, it remains to be seen. I think they will be an improved squad. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong last year. I do not see that happening again.

GO OWLS!!!

You can run kitties, but you can't hide!!!
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I agree they will be better than last year. They went through their tough 5th year (as we did the year before) with the loss of many that started the program. Any start up program will struggle in their 5th year. There is not enough time to have built any depth and then you lose a lot of players. I think their coaching change is an improvement. I was never impressed with Strock & company. I think the fight set them back a bit. I think we will beat them again this year but it won't be like last year.
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I'm not quite sure what to think of FIU.

My first feeling was that it was a team that was alot more than the sum of it's parts, they played us pretty hard it would seem.

On second thought though, alot of that was just dumb luck. I got the feeling later on that it might not have had so much to do with them playing a good game and alot more to do with us just handing that game over. They only finished one actual drive and were totally shut down in the second half. To top it off, that usf team was a far cry from the fully ready squad that took the field in the second half of the season.

I think that FIU has some serious talent for the level that they play at but there's a lack of leadership. With the right coach in place to cut down the mistakes and keep the team focused they could be favourites in the belt. In fact, I get the distinct impression that were they to get their hands on a focused and talented coaching staff that they could wax fau year in and year out, but this is just a gut feeling so don't take it too seriously.

I think the key to all this is Cristobal and whether he can actually coach or not. I have some serious reservations about this, I'm not convinced he's got the ability with x's and o's to get things done. How good FIU will depend so much on MC and I really can't provide a reliable estimate of his coaching ability until I see some on field product.
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It's really hard to see where FIU's is as a team at this point in time, I know that most golden kitty fans are very opportunistic about this year, much like they where last year :o

In walk-ins MC much like Rex Walters did for us this year in basketball - no head coaching experience and we all know that Rex did a heck of a Job learning on the fly.

I would expect the same for MC, except it's take awhile longer in football, more players involved in a play, more room for errors that can kill drives, etc…… - we all know from first hand experience FAU had to deal with our OL the past several years.

Now, they may very well be a more discipline team, because MC had a chance to get rid of some (all) the dead wood, by this I mean he will be evaluating every player anew, every position is a battle for a starting spot, so no staring spot is guaranteed.

It's way to early to make any form of prediction now, the players have a lot to digest - fall will be a much better indicator.

And what would be considered a successful season for FIU?
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Hey brazenbull…why do you come on this board and make stupid comments like "In fact, I get the distinct impression that were they to get their hands on a focused and talented coaching staff that they could wax fau year in and year out, but this is just a gut feeling so don't take it too seriously."

What the heck does that mean, that's like saying, if FIU scored more points than FAU then they would probably win every game. Your an idiot.

I can't wait until we wax your ass.

GO OWLS!
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I think FIU has the talent. They were real underachievers last year. This year is a rebuilding year on two levels. First, a lot of guys without experience will be stepping in to play and second, the coaching staff is completely rebuilt which most likely means an entirely new system and philosophy. Although it is far too early to predict, I think that they can put together a few wins this year based on talent alone.

GO OWLS!!!

You can run kitties, but you can't hide!!!
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OUCH!!!! I just checked FIU's non-conf. schedule and it is tough. They play Penn State, Maryland, Miami, Kansas, and Arkansas. They might be limping into SBC play.

GO OWLS!!!

You can run kitties, but you can't hide!!!
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I have always felt with both teams, being in similar circumstances, that the main reason we have stayed a little in front of FIU was our coaching staff. I believe they have equal talent overall, I wouldn't say better.

I think they are going to come off their 5th year the same way we did so long as the new coaching staff can pull it all together. As long as they don't have tons of injuries in the OCC games they should hold there own in the SB.

GO OWLS!
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Give me a break…"If's and but's were candy and nuts…oh what a merry christmas it would be".

We have and will continue to dominate FIU, they had 1 good game against our freshman squad, otherwise we own them.

Brazenbull, I must hand it to you… once again you have demonstrated why we (FAU) is soooo looking forward to kicking your cackling ass up and down the field this fall.
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