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Academics cost FIU top corner/return man

Richard Leonard

Playing without Richard Leonard is something FIU will be forced to get used to this season, whether they like it or not.

The cornerback did not play in the Panthers’ season-opening loss to Maryland due to lingering academic issues.  Following practice Tuesday, head coach Ron Turner confirmed that Leonard will also miss the remainder of the 2013 season due to the same issues.

Leonard will not be eligible all year,” the coach said.

Over the past two seasons, Leonard started eight of the 26 games in which he played.  His loss won’t only be felt on the defensive side of the ball as he led the Panthers in both kick return (29.2) and punt return average (14.2).

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9 Responses to “Academics cost FIU top corner/return man”
  1. irishfbfan1 says: Sep 4, 2013 8:13 AM

    Know what you are going through FIU fans. Props to the University for standing up for what is right and the real reason why the student/athletes are at their specific Universities in the first place. Don’t worry, somebody will step up. I’ve seen it over and over again, most notably the first week of this college football season. Good Luck’

    Go Irish!

  2. thegamecocker says: Sep 4, 2013 8:45 AM


    Agree 100% with your comment and kudos to FIU for staying the course. Being a Student/Athlete is a privilege that comes with responsibility in the classroom as well as the playing field.

  3. ihatesyracuse says: Sep 4, 2013 9:02 AM

    Much respect to FIU for standing up for the student athlete! At Buffalo, we sent plenty home packing if they made the coise to ‘F’ off in class.

    I was in NFL camp many years ago with Carlton Byrom, who was functionally illiterate. It was a very sad experience to see him get cut. A big FU to Miss State for taking advantage of a young kid who did not have the capacity to be there.

  4. paulhargis53 says: Sep 4, 2013 1:05 PM

    Damn, smallcocker, I thought something happened to you. Know such luck, huh.

    That’s a shame.

  5. irishfbfan1 says: Sep 4, 2013 4:01 PM


    Thank you buddy, wait a minute, something’s up, I thought you hated me. Don’t make me become one of your friends lol , just kidding , thx again


  6. thegamecocker says: Sep 4, 2013 6:21 PM


    Ha,ha….I guess we can actually “agree to agree” on somethings. I’ve often complimented the outstanding academic institution that ND has become. I wish South Carolina had the outstanding graduation rate the ND enjoys among its scholar-athletes. We are getting better but we are not there yet. On this topic though, we certainly agree that academics standards have to be maintained. And for the record, I never said “I hated you”……hell, I don’t even hate Paul Hargis with his comments! I will not like it though if we attack Syria……there is nothing to be gained by getting involved with that civil war. There is no threat to the USA by what they are doing there. I don’t like it….but we cannot be the police for the world……let the NCAA handle it!!!

  7. paulhargis53 says: Sep 4, 2013 7:05 PM

    Too bad the feeling isn’t mutual smallcocker.

  8. thegamecocker says: Sep 4, 2013 8:16 PM

    Yea, well like every other night, I doubt I will lose any sleep about your obsession with me.

  9. paulhargis53 says: Sep 4, 2013 8:58 PM

    Yeah, I’m sure its tough to sleep while nursing a pathetic excuse for a hardon.

    I’m sure you get rock hard thinking about burning crosses and such, right Grand Wizard?

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