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FIU takes protecting its star player too far

Florida International star shortstop Garrett Wittels is two games from an NCAA-record hitting streak but also faces offseason rape charges. At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, FIU's athletic department went too far in its attempts to protect its star from the media. No questions allowed? No fair, says espnW's Amanda Rykoff.

Updated: February 16, 2011, 4:10 PM ET
By Amanda Rykoff

Wednesday afternoon, Florida International University star shortstop Garrett Wittels participated in a press conference to discuss the upcoming baseball season. The new season is a big deal because the preseason All-American has a remarkable 56-game hitting streak, the longest in the country and just two games shy of the all-time NCAA record held by Robin Ventura. Wittels was no doubt eager to discuss the hitting streak and his team's season opener on Friday.

What Wittels does not ...

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