FIU athletic director Pete Garcia said this week he was taking the NCAA-mandated test that would allow him to go out on the road and recruit, something he hasn’t done since 2001 at the University of Miami.
New FIU football coach Butch Davis let seven coaches go from the previous FIU staff, but retained Tim Harris Jr. to work with the running backs and Bobby Babich to direct the secondary. Interim coach Ron Cooper was among the coaches released.
FIU will play the University of Miami in 2019 and 2021. Davis can offer FIU players a chance to prove Miami wrong for not recruiting them. That recruiting pitch could pan out in the coming weeks. In the meantime, it is fair to ponder this question: Exactly what does Davis inherit in terms of FIU’s 2017 football talent?
For the rest of the players on the Panthers roster, it will be their final game under interim coach Ron Cooper and their last chance to impress incoming coach Butch Davis before he starts directing them in spring practice 2017. But players aren’t the only ones auditioning. Assistant coaches are also looking to remain at FIU or secure another post. And Davis may want to keep at least a couple of the current FIU coaches around to ease in the transition.
FIU honored 13 seniors on Saturday’s Senior Night and defeated the visiting Marshall Thundering Herd 31-14 in a game in which junior running back Alex Gardner set the school record for career rushing yards.
Ron Turner was still in place on Sept. 24 but was fired the next day amid an 0-4 start to the season. Ron Cooper has been the interim coach since and will finish the season with two more games, including the home finale against the Marshall Thundering Herd at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Butch Davis is wildly happy about accepting the job of head football coach at Florida International University. If you listen to his reasons for deciding to tilt at the FIU windmill, you will be wildly happy for him and his players.
Butch Davis, introduced Tuesday as the fourth coach in the 15-year history of the FIU football program, sees a future in which the Panthers rise from mediocre mid-major status to someday becoming a program that can earn national distinction.
Tianah Alvarado was absent, Kiandre’a Pound was rusty, and the FIU women’s basketball team got brutalized on the backboards. All that factored in as the Panthers lost their season opener, falling 69-52 to UCF on Friday night at FIU Arena.
The pregnant girlfriend of FIU football’s best offensive player over the last four seasons, tight end Jonnu Smith, ended his college career on Halloween by dousing him with a pot of boiling water, causing severe burns, according to police.