Butch Davis and Pete Garcia go way back dating to their days with the University of Miami football team in the 1990s. With Garcia on the way out at Florida International University, could Davis be his last big hire to run the FIU football team?
Florida International University fired its football coach Sunday after the Panthers began their 2016 season with losses in their first four games. FIU lost to visiting UCF 53-14 on Saturday night at University Park.
UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton has earned the attention and respect of the FIU Panthers, who will try to stop him on Saturday night. Kickoff is at 7 as FIU (0-3) looks to knock off UCF (1-2) for the second year in a row.
FIU is 0-3 in Ron Turner’s fourth season on the job, having just lost a winnable game at Massachusetts for the second year in a row. The Panthers haven’t had a winning season since 2011 and will need to take seven of their final nine games to have a winning record.
After a senior year at Miami Columbus — where he had 59 catches for 939 yards and 11 touchdowns, leading the Explorers to the Class 8A state final — Austin Maloney made no grabs last year as FIU coaches decided to redshirt him.
A disgruntled FIU booster rented a banner plane carrying a message — Fire Pete Garcia — and had it circle Florida International University’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus in west Miami-Dade County on Wednesday afternoon. The contract for Garcia, FIU’s executive director of sports and entertainment, expires next month.
FIU quarterback Alex McGough, a junior and third-year starter, set school records in 2015 for single-season yards and touchdowns. But last week, in a 34-13 season-opening loss to Indiana, McGough threw three interceptions — two of them returned for scores.
Despite the disappointment of the FIU football team’s season-opening 34-13 loss to Indiana in a game FIU led after three quarters, the bright spot was the play of 6-2, 195-pound freshman wide receiver Stantley Thomas.