FIU defensive coordinator Ron Cooper is “new” in the sense that head coach Ron Turner picked him to replace Matt House, who is now the inside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at the University of Kentucky.
FIU baseball player Nick Day, Day, a native of Yuma, Arizona, who had been on his way to take batting practice with his father, Vernon, witnessed a mini-van flip and helped rescue the motorist before paramedics arrived.
Turtle Thomas reportedly resigned Wednesday after nine seasons as the baseball coach at Florida International University in Miami. FIU went to the NCAA regional tournament three times under Thomas. A long-time assistant coach at Miami, LSU and Arizona State before taking over FIU program in 2007, Thomas went to the College World Series 14 times in his career and signed the likes of Charles Johnson, Alex Fernandez, Joey Cora, Alex Rodriguez and Chipper Jones while with the Miami Hurricanes.