Rick Sanchez's next gig: FIU football announcer

MIAMI (Miami Herald) - The most recent move in the broadcast career of former CNN anchorman Rick Sanchez looks like an open field zig-zag: radio color analyst on Florida International's 12 college football games this season.

It looks that way if you didn't know that Sanchez lettered three years at Hialeah High and, according to him, received a partial scholarship to play at Moorehead State. Or, if you didn't know that after his firing from CNN, he spent last fall hopping around to FIU road games from his Atlanta home with his FIU student son, Ricky.

"I played college football. I love football," Sanchez laughed. "That part of it is exciting. We all tend to think we could do play-by-play better than the next guy. I don't need money or to chase the next anchor job."

Or, if you didn't know that Sanchez, Cuban-born and Hialeah-raised, brags of how much FIU's enrollment and FIU's team displays South Florida's ethnic diversity all the way up to Cuban-American head coach Mario Cristobal. Or, if you didn't know that FIU athletic director Pete Garcia has known Sanchez since they were at Mae M. Walters Elementary School, through Filer Junior High and to Hialeah High.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/07/28/2334151/rick-sanchezs-next-gig-fiu-football.html#ixzz1Tny8YpXB