Padrick, defense key to breathrough season

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.

Until then, there will be no hand-wringing from Strock or his players. They refuse to set back their clocks, regardless of the circumstances.