Jul 21, 2014

FGCU To Visit UMass In 2014-15 Season

Florida Gulf Coast will visit UMass on Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. for the first game of a two year home and home series, the school announced Monday.

The Minutemen finished last season with a 24-9 record, including a 10-6 mark in the Atlantic 10. They grabbed an at large bid to the NCAA Tournament and fell to Tennessee in the first round. UMass was ranked multiple times in the AP Top 25, but lose senior guard and leading scorer Chaz Williams (15.6 ppg).

In addition, a source informed the FGCU Eagles Nest that FGCU and Murray State are "in discussions" of the Racers coming to visit Dunk City this season.  It is also "very likely" that the Eagles will play Ave Maria this year as well.

Check out FGCU's non-conference schedule, as of now:

Nov. 17: vs. UCSB 
Nov. 24-26: Gulf Coast Showcase (three games) 
Nov. 30: at South Dakota State 
Dec. 7: at UMass 
Dec. 14: vs. FIU 
Dec. 18: vs. Furman 
Dec. 28: at Xavier 
Dec. 30: at Pittsburgh 
Jan. 5: at UCSB 
TBD: at Iona

Jul 16, 2014

FGCU Eagles Nest Joins Palmetto & Pine Sports Network

The FGCU Eagles Nest is proud to become a charter member of the Palmetto & Pine Sports Network, a coalition of communities from the Atlantic Sun, Big South, and Southern Conference. Our goal as a network is to bring collaborative coverage of the schools and conferences in the South that we all know and love.

The charter members of this network include the following sites:

Coastal Fans - Coastal Carolina
FGCU Eagles Nest - Florida Gulf Coast
HPU Panthers Message Board – High Point
KSU Owl Howl - Kennesaw State
LancersBlog - Longwood
Liberty Flames Nation – Liberty
MocFans – Chattanooga
Purple & Gold - Western Carolina
SamfordBulldogs.com - Samford
SoCon John's Statistical Research Bureau - Independent
Spartan Fans Nation - UNC Greensboro
Swoop Hoops - North Florida
Talkin’ Terriers – Wofford
The Sports Arsenal – The Citadel
WinthropFans – Winthrop

The Eagles Nest will remain autonomous and its own unique fan community. What the Palmetto & Pine Sports Network provides is a collaborative effort that you’ll be able to find on all of our member sites and here on PalmettoAndPineSports.com. The sites will collaborate on efforts like pregame previews while also voting on regular features such as power rankings and awards that includes all the schools from the three conferences.

We look forward to being a part of P&P Sports and adding to our network with even more fan sites from the ASun, Big South, and SoCon.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @PalmPineSports and feel free to e-mail us if you would like to get
involved at palmettoandpinesports@gmail.com.

Jul 15, 2014

FGCU Recruiting Notes: First Live Period Of July

The first men's basketball "live" recruiting period began on Wednesday, July 9 and ended Sunday. If you're unsure of what the live period entails, check out a fantastic explanation by NBC Sports. It is basically a time frame in which college coaches can watch potential recruits at events. Although coaches can evaluate during these periods, they are not allowed to make in-person contact with prospects.

As expected, Florida Gulf Coast was very busy during the first of three live periods in July. Below are some important notes on FGCU's activity.

Jul 8, 2014

FGCU Basketball Adds Hawaii To 2014-15 Schedule

(Courtesy of Linwood Ferguson)

UPDATE: 1:00 p.m. ET Wednesday, July 9

According to the News-Press and NDN, FGCU has said they do not have a scheduled game against Hawaii on Jan. 3, or any other date. Also, Hawaii has removed the Eagles from their official 2014-15 schedule.


The Florida Gulf Coast men's basketball team added Hawaii to its 2014-15 non-conference schedule, the school announced Tuesday. The Eagles will travel to Honolulu to battle the Rainbow Warriors on January 3.

Jun 30, 2014

Filip Cvjeticanin To Undergo Back Surgery, Redshirt 2014-15 Season

(Courtesy of Linwood Ferguson)
Florida Gulf Coast senior forward Filip Cvjeticanin will undergo back surgery in Europe this week and redshirt the 2014-15 season, the school announced Monday. He will then return to the court in 2015-16 for his senior season.

“Filip’s back has plagued him for some time. He hasn’t been able to lift weights and has missed valuable practice time,” Dooley said in the release. “This procedure will hopefully fix those issues. It gives him some time to get stronger and continue to develop. We’re looking forward to having him rehab here at FGCU following the procedure and expect him to contribute significantly during the 2015-16 season.

Cvjeticanin averaged 6.8 points and 2.7 rebounds a game for the Eagles last season. His 40.1 3-PT FG% led the team and his absence will hurt FGCU's long range potency. His 55 made threes were only matched by guard Bernard Thompson.

The Eagles return starters Brett Comer, Bernard Thompson, and Jamail Jones, but lose senior Chase Fieler and transfers Eric McKnight and Dajuan Graf.

Guards Christian Terrell and Zach Johnson, and big men Eric Moeller, and Demetris Morant round out FGCU's recruiting class. The latter of the four is awaiting a decision on a hardship waiver that would give him eligibility to play immediately. Meanwhile, transfers Julian DeBose, Brian Greene Jr., and Marc-Eddy Norelia will all be coming off redshirt years.

With probably the most talented squad in program history, the Eagles have been tabbed as early favorites to win the Atlantic Sun.

Their full schedule has yet to be released but Xavier, Pittsburgh, UC Santa Barbara, and South Dakota State headline their list of confirmed opponents.

FGCU Women's Basketball Hires Former Arkansas Assistant Nicki Collen

Florida Gulf Coast has hired former Arkansas assistant Nicki Collen to fill the FGCU women's basketball assistant coaching vacancy, the school announced Monday.

"Nicki has a very high basketball IQ and a great wealth of experience. We thought she was a great fit for our staff and would really do well at FGCU," said head coach Karl Smeskso.

Collen coached under her husband, Tom Collen, at Arkansas from 2011-2013 and prior to that, served as an assistant coach (2003-2004) and director of basketball operations (2004-2005) at Louisville. During her playing career, Collen had success at both Purdue and Marquette, as well as professional season in Greece.

"She has a lot of contacts and experience evaluating high level talent. She has a good idea of the type of players we're looking for," Smekso said. "I think she'll be able to make the transition from Arkansas to Florida Gulf Coast pretty quickly."

FGCU director of basketball operations Mel Thomas and Drake assistant David Lane were the two other finalists for the position that became open when assistant Abby Scharlow resigned.

Jun 23, 2014

FGCU Attendance Ranks First In The Atlantic Sun

(Courtesy of Linwood Ferguson)

The NCAA recently released its annual men's basketball attendance statistics and Florida Gulf Coast, with an average attendance of 4,340, ranked first in the Atlantic Sun.

Across the entire Atlantic Sun there was an average attendance of 1,933 - putting the A-Sun at 25th among the 32 conferences in the nation.

FGCU was one of only five schools (Nebraska, Syracuse, Virginia, and SMU) in the country to see an attendance increase of over 2,000. The Eagles grew from an average of 2,291 fans in 2012-13 to 4,340 in 2013-14. Of the 13 Division I schools in Florida, the Eagles stood at No. 6 behind Florida, FSU, Miami, USF, and UCF.

Coming off a Atlantic Sun regular season title and a NIT appearance, FGCU heads into the 2014-15 season with arguably the strongest roster in program history. It's possible that the Eagles will break their attendance record, again.