Padrick, defense key to breathrough season

The adjustment to Division I-A football has been quick and tough for Florida International, but the Golden Panthers are determined to take another step.

Updated: April 5, 2006, 5:24 AM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | Special to ESPN.com
Don Strock can see the day when the numbers aren't so tight, when turnover isn't so great, when every year isn't a rebuilding year at Florida International.

Another recruiting class, Strock said, will put the Golden Panthers on par with their Division I-A opponents. Another season, perhaps, until FIU stands on equal footing.

Don Strock
Scott Sewell/Icon SMIDon Stock led FIU to wins in four of its last five games in 2005.
Until then, there will be no hand-wringing from Strock or his players. They refuse to set back their clocks, regardless of the circumstances.

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