FIU, which has won three games in a row, vaulting to the top of C-USA’s East Division, should get a severe test this week. The Bulldogs, who are in a four-way tie for the lead in the West Division, have also won three games in a row.
Alex McGough threw for 315 yards and two touchdown passes — including a 9-yard scoring pass to Jonnu Smith with 1 minute 5 seconds remaining — to lift FIU to a 27-26 victory over Charlotte on Saturday night.
Charlotte quarterback Kevin Olsen, a junior, lost his starting job to sophomore Hassan Klugh, who led the 49ers to their first-ever Conference USA win, ending an eight-game league skid with a win at Florida Atlantic on Sunday.
FIU interim coach Ron Cooper, 54, will be serving his fourth term as a head coach. He was Eastern Michigan’s coach in 1993-94, going 9-13. He was 13-20 in three years at Louisville (1995-97). And he was 23-22 in four years at Alabama A&M (1999-2001).
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.