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South Alabama beats Kent State behind performance of Kendall Houston, 38-21

(courtesy U of South Alabama)

The Kent State Golden Flashes tried to rally in the fourth quarter, but South Alabama was too tough and held on for a 38-21 win.

David Fisher led the Kent State rally with two fourth quarter touchdown passes.

The Jaguars from Mobile, Alabama, were led by Kendall Houston who rushed for two touchdowns.

South Alabama is now 3-3 while Kent State drops to 2-6 on the season.

Thomas fired by Florida International University after three seasons

 

Isiah Thomas coaching Knicks (2007 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Florida International University is located in Miami, Florida.

The school is a Mid-major playing in the Sun Belt Conference of NCAA Division I. The enrollment is 47,966 students.

Three years ago the athletics department came up with the idea of bringing in a name basketball coach who could lure “big-time talent to the tropical paradise of South Florida. They felt they could win.

Entering the picture was former NBA star and coach Isiah Thomas to take a risk with an unknown program.

Thomas signed a five-year deal with the school to take the job, accepting nothing in base salary for his first season but agreeing to receive almost half of any gross revenues from ticket sales, commissions collected on food and beverage concessions and sponsorships.

Three years into the agreement, FIU did not see the fruits of his labor enough to reward the final two years of his contract.

The basketball program never was able to generate the enthusiasm that the school administration and Thomas had hoped. The Panthers averaged 1,071 fans at home this season.

One of the problems is that FIU tried to schedule games at home when the NBA’s Miami Heat were on the road and sometimes that didn’t work out because game dates and times have to be mutually agreed upon by both schools and the league it plays in.

Other factors that hurt FIU, is that the University of Miami draws huge crowds and has a winning team plus, Miami being a paradise city as mentioned before, there is the beach, surfing and volleyball for people to engage in.

(courtesy of Florida International University athletics)

The Panthers schedule was tough as well playing George Mason, Oral Roberts, Maryland, Dayton, Middle Tennessee State, South Alabama and Western Kentucky.

Thomas, the Basketball Hall of Fame player, was fired last Friday with a record of 26-55. His teams never won more than 11 games in a season.

FIU has never been a basketball power. The school’s last winning season was 1999-2000, and its winning percentage of .315 since that period of time is one of the worst in college basketball, 329th out of 344 Division I men’s programs, according to STATS LLC.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV, Florida International, Internet reports

 

Tom Ostrom added to new Dayton staff as assistant

 

Tom Ostrom (courtesy of Arkansas athletics)

New University of Dayton head basketball coach Archie Miller continues to build his own staff.

He has added 41-year-old Tom Ostrom from the University of Arkansas basketball program.

Ostrom spent four seasons at Arkansas on John Pelphrey’s staff. The Razorbacks were 69-59 during those years with one NCAA appearance. Ostrom was instrumental in recruting the seventh-ranked class in the country this season.

Ostrom also was Pelphrey’s right-hand man in the three seasons before coaching at Arkansas. Ostrom was an assistant to Pelphrey at South Alabama from 2004-2007. USA played in the NCAA and NIT after enjoying the largest turnaround in college basketball in 2006, improving from 10 wins in 2004-05 to 24 wins and the Sun Belt title in 2005-06.

Prior to his job at USA, Ostrom spent seven years under Billy Donovan at Florida, the fist five as administrative assistant/video coordinator (1998-2002) and the final two as an assistant coach (2003-04). While at Florida, the Gators played in the NCAA Tournament the last six years, advanced to the Sweet 16 in twice and reached the NCAA championship game in 2000.

A 1997 University of Minnesota graduate with a degree in Sports Management and Human Development, Ostrom worked in the Golden Gopher men’s basketball program as an undergrad while Clem Haskins was the head coach.

 

Info courtesy of Dayton athletics

 

 

Garrett Wittels hitting streak update: 49 games and counting!

compiled from staff, wire, Sun Belt Conference and Florida International University

Florida International University’s Garrett Wittels has extended his hitting streak to 49 games on Wednesday with a leadoff double in the ninth inning of a 7-1 loss to South Alabama in the Sun Belt Conference.

The infielder is within nine games of tying the record set 23 years ago by Oklahoma State’s Robin Ventura. Wittels already has the second-longest streak in Division I.

Garrett Wittels (FIU)

Wittels was hitless in his first three at-bats Wednesday, then kept the streak going with a fly ball over the head of South Alabama right fielder Sean Laird during the opening round of the Sun Belt Conference tournament.

Wittels will be looking for a 50-game streak on Thursday, when FIU plays in an elimination game.

Garrett Wittels hit streak continues as Florida International beats South Alabama

compiled from staff, wire and Florida International news

Florida International University sophomore Garrett Wittels had an RBI single in the first inning off of South Alabama pitcher D.D. Hanks, thus extending his hit streak to 43 games, the longest active streak in the NCAA. With the single he moves into sole possession of fourth place on the NCAA Division I consecutive games hit streak list. He finshed the game 1-for-5 with an RBI.

Garrett Wittels (FIU)

The FIU Panthers (28-20, 14-11 Sun Belt) overcame four lead changes and nipped the South Alabama Jaguars (30-21, 16-9 Sun Belt) on Friday evening by a score of 6-5 at the FIU baseball stadium in Miami, Florida.

Here is a list of NCAA Division I Consecutive Games Hitting Streaks over the years:

Robin Ventura of Oklahoma State 1987               58

Phil Stephenson of Wichita State    1981               47

Roger Schmuck of Arizona State      1971               45

Garrett Wittels of Florida International 2009  43

Chuck Abbott of Austin Peay                1996               42

Michael Campo of Penn State               2000              41

Todd Nace of Southern Mississippi   1989-90        41

Rusty Adkins of Clemson                         1965-66          41

Shane Robinson of Florida State           2004-05       40

Brandon Caraway of Houston                 1998-99          40