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FIU snubbed by Conference USA football selections

FIU Panthers tight end Jonnu Smith was one of a handful of players that were candidates for All-Conference honors.
FIU Panthers tight end Jonnu Smith was one of a handful of players that were candidates for All-Conference honors.

FIU was one of only two schools among 13 Conference USA teams that didn’t place a single player on the league’s elite list of football all-stars.

Marshall was the only other school to get shut out on first-team representation.

And while FIU did not have a good season at 4-8, its 4-4 league record was surpassed by only five other teams.

FIU had good candidates for league honors, most notably linebackers Anthony Wint and Treyvon Williams, tight end Jonnu Smith and center Michael Montero.

As it turned out, Wint and Smith made second team. Making honorable mention were Williams, Montero, running back Alex Gardner, wide receiver Thomas Owens, offensive lineman Dieugot Joseph, safety Niko Gonzalez, kicker Austin Taylor and long snapper Sam Medlock.

Wide receiver Stantley Thomas was named to the All-Freshman team.

In other FIU football news, coach Butch Davis secured his fifth assistant coach, hiring Kenny Holmes, a former University of Miami and NFL defensive end.

Holmes, who has eight years of coaching experience, including the past two seasons at Idaho, will coach the defensive line. He joins a staff that includes defensive coordinator Brent Guy, Bobby Babich (secondary), Kevin Beard (receivers) and Tim Harris Jr. (running backs).

Of the seven men now eligible to recruit for FIU football, including athletic director Pete Garcia, five of them were once part of UM’s program. Everyone fits under that category except for Guy and Babich.

Women’s basketball

▪ The 14th-ranked Hurricanes (8-1) will visit FIU (1-6) next Friday in what appears to be a major mismatch. It will be the first time FIU’s women’s basketball team has hosted Miami since Nov. 25, 2008, a 66-49 UM victory.

▪ A mock draft by has Miami senior guard Adrienne Motley getting selected in the first round, 12th overall, in 2017. She is the only ACC player on the list.

Motley is hoping for a big second-half of the season. So far, she’s just fifth on the Hurricanes in scoring (10.0) and 11th in shooting percentage (32.3).

▪ Senior guard Nigia Greene, who arrived at UM as a big recruit but has been injured almost from the moment she stepped on campus, has been a big surprise this season.

She’s been brilliant off the bench, making 48.1 percent of her shots from the floor, including 44.7 percent on three-pointers. She leads the team with 17 three-pointers and is averaging 7.9 points.

Green missed all of her freshman season and half her junior year because of injuries to her right knee. She shot just 38.7 percent from the floor as a sophomore and 28.6 percent last year.

Men’s basketball

▪ Former Canes point guard Manu Lecomte is doing well for 8-0 and fourth-ranked Baylor, starting all eight games, leading the team in assists (42) and ranking second in scoring (13.9). He also leads the team with 17 three-pointers, making 39.5 percent.

▪ Zavier Peart, a 6-10, 270-pound junior center from Coral Reef High, will make a homecoming Dec. 17 when his Manhattan Jaspers play the Florida State Seminoles at the BB&T Center. Peart is averaging 5.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in 11.9 minutes off the bench.

▪ Senior forward Adrian Gonzalez is just the eighth Barry player to surpass 1,000 career points. Gonzalez did most of that scoring off the bench — he became a starter this season.


Reliever Garrett Cave, who was a Cape Cod League all-star this summer, posting a 1.86 ERA with 10 saves, has transferred from FIU to NCAA Division II power Tampa.