The 2012-13 FIU sports season is finished and the new FIU sports season is another two months away. So it's time to recap the past FIU sports season by taking you good people to the movies for our 7th Annual FIU Sports at the Movies.
The following is a look back at what happened in FIU sports in the past 10 months by referring to movies released from August 2012 through May 2013. If you missed the first six installments of FIU Sports at the Movies, then CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE.
And now your feature presentation . . . .
PITCH PERFECT -- The FIU women's soccer team again has another fine season on the pitch. The Panthers win their third Sun Belt Conference title in the last four years as they post an 8-1-1 conference record.
HERE COMES THE BOOM -- Johnathan Cyprien breaks the all-time FIU tackles record and goes on to become FIU's highest drafted player into the NFL. The Jacksonville Jaguars make Cyprien the first pick of the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft surpassing T.Y. Hilton, who was drafted in the third round by the Indianapolis Colts in 2012.
GIRL RISING -- Make it girls rising as in FIU diver Sabrina Beaupre and swimmers Johanna Gustafsdottir and Sonia Perez. For the third straight year, Beaupre is named Sun Belt Diver of the Year. Gustafsdottir and Perez swim their way to the NCAA Championships.
PREMIUM RUSH -- Tourek Williams leads the Panthers in sacks and tackles for loss en route to being drafted by the San Diego Chargers. Along with Cyprien it marks the second time in FIU football's 11-year history that two Panthers are drafted into the NFL.
THE CAMPAIGN -- FIU launches HolyColey.com in an effort to promote Jerica Coley for All-America.
10 YEARS -- FIU football celebrates 10 years from its inaugural season of 2002. FIU external relations creates a historical video of the program and wins a prestigous award.
FLIGHT -- T.Y. Hilton takes flight and has no problem adjusting to the NFL in his rookie season. Hilton ends up leading several NFL rookie receiving categories for the Colts.
STORIES WE TELL -- FIU buys new radio equipment and cameras and launches the FIU Sports Radio Network and PantherVision on FIUSports.com.
A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD -- Exceeding every expectation, the FIU men's basketball team dies hard and makes a run to the Sun Belt Conference championship game where it falls short of an NCAA Tournament bid in a close loss to WKU.
HELLO I MUST BE GOING -- Buoyed by his success as a first-year coach, Richard Pitino gets an offer from Minnesota and heads north.
SAVE THE DATE -- FIU moves to Conference USA on July 1, 2013.
TRANCE -- The Golden Dazzlers debut their "Country Girl" routine and leave the crowd in a trance.
THREE STARS -- There are more than three stars on the FIU golf team so we'll have to adjust this movie title. The Panthers golfers had a tremendous season. FIU won the Sun Belt Conference championship. FIU coach Joe Vogel earns SBC Coach of the Year. Meghan MacLaren is Freshman of the Year and all five Panthers earn All-Sun Belt honors.
NOOBZ -- Besides freshman sensation MacLaren, FIU shortstop Edwin Rios is another newbie to have a terrific first collegiate season. Rios is named a Freshman All-American after his stellar first year.
TAKEN 2 -- It should actually be "Taken 6" as in a record number of Panthers that enter the NFL ranks. Besides Cyprien and Williams being drafted, Caylin Hauptmann (Cleveland Browns), Jose Cheeseborough (Baltimore Ravens), Junior Mertile (New York Giants) and Rupert Bryan (Miami Dolphins) are all given a shot in the NFL.
SPRING BREAKERS -- FIU debuts the NCAA's newest sport -- sand volleyball -- and has a successful inaugural season in which four Panthers compete in the NCAA National Championships.
THE CALL -- Rupert Bryan makes the call to switch from the offensive line to fullback. Bryan has a solid FIU Pro Day and is invited to Dolphins rookie camp. After the camp Bryan is told by the Dolphins that he will be placed on the team's watch/call list. Not long after the Dolphins place the call and sign Bryan.
IRON MAN 3 -- We'll take artistic liberties here and change the title to "Iron Woman 3" for FIU hammer thrower Kim Dekrey. After dabbling in the hurdles and the hammer the past three years, Dekrey chooses the iron hammer and pushes herself to the NCAA regionals. Teammate Aubrey Smith joined Dekrey at regionals in the long jump.
SKYFALL -- FIU and Florida Gulf Coast begin a baseball doubleheader at 1 p.m. on May 1 then the sky falls with a deluge of rain turning the doubleheader into a 13-hour day at the ballpark for both teams. The rain delay lasted more than four hours.
TO THE WONDER -- FIU unveils a beach basketball court.
THE COMPANY YOU KEEP -- Former FIU outfielder Jabari Henry is keeping with good company these days. Henry, a former Freshman All-American at FIU, was named a Midwest League All-Star after a fine start to his season with the Clinton LumberKings (Seattle Mariners, Class A).
HIGH GROUND -- FIU sand volleyball player Kate Stepanova earns an All-America honor. With it being FIU's first season of sand volleyball, Stepanova goes down in the record books as FIU's first-ever sand volleyball All-American.