The Golden Panthers of Florida International University (FIU) seem to be on a mission to improve play on the gridiron so that they can become more relevant. This football program, which is relatively new, has seen its team get better over the past few seasons.
Head Coach Ron Turner, now in his third year, took control of a squad in 2013 that managed to win only one game while losing eleven. The team is a member of the East Division of Conference USA and in 2013 it managed only one win in eight tries against other member teams.
Coach Turner got what he wanted in 2014 – improvement on the playing field. The Golden Panthers Won-Loss record improved to 4-8. The squad also managed to get three victories in eight games against Conference foes.
It is now 2015, of course, and the Golden Panthers continue to show improvement. The team has played four games so far this season and won two of them. It all began with a Thursday night road game on September 3rd against the University of Central Florida (UCF). The Golden Panthers won that game by the slimmest of margins. The final score was 15-14.
Florida International University found itself on the road in Week Two, as well. The squad played the Hoosiers of Indiana University on September 12th and lost to the Big Ten team by only fourteen points. The final score was 36-22.
Game Three was played at home on September 19th. The Golden Panthers hosted North Carolina Central University and prevailed by a score of 35-14. Last Saturday, September 26th was the team’s third road game of the new season. The Golden Panthers traveled to Louisiana Tech University and lost a tough, hard-fought contest. The final score was 27-17.
After four games this year, Florida International University sports a Won-Loss record of 2-2. This team has a real chance to finish the season with more than the four wins it had in all of 2014. The players will get a chance to win another road game this Saturday, October 3rd, against the University of Massachusetts (UMass). Additional road games will pit them against Middle Tennessee University on October 17th, Florida Atlantic University (FAU) on October 31st and Marshall University on November 14th.
The chance for additional victories at home appears to be good. The Golden Panthers will play against the University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP) on October 10th, Old Dominion University on October 24th, the University of Charlotte on November 7th and Western Kentucky University on November 21st.
The games remaining to be played by the Golden Panthers are competitive. That means this hungry squad of players can emerge victorious if they play hard and stay focused. It seems obvious that Coach Turner will keep his “foot on the pedal” and make sure there are no let-downs.
It’s important for the coach and for his players. Florida International University has a chance, a real chance, to win some games.
Courtesy of Sportschatplace.com