Second-year FIU coach Kevin Nylen, who opened training camp last Wednesday, is confident his Panthers have another talented roster. The Panthers were named as the favorites in Conference USA and are ranked 20th nationally by United Soccer Coaches.
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The FIU Panthers, under second-year coach Butch Davis, began their fall practice regiment on Friday at the school’s on-campus practice fields as they prepare for their Sept. 1 season opener against Indiana.
Former Tennessee, Southern California and Oakland Raiders coach Lane Kiffin has signed the 10-year renegotiated contract with Florida Atlantic talked about since December. Kiffin, who coached FAU to a 10-4 record in 2017, will make $950,000 per year.
FIU Panthers coach Butch Davis on Wednesday night posted a video on Twitter of him announcing to the football team that wide receiver C.J. Worton — a Florida Gators transfer and former South Dade standout — is now on scholarship.
This was an eventful year for FIU sports. Among the highlights for the Panthers were the arrival of accomplished football coach Butch Davis, who took the Panthers to a bowl game in his first year on campus.
Though fourth-year junior Christian Alexander has “clearly separated” himself from the pack and will enter fall atop the quarterback chart, he will have to beat out Bowling Green graduate transfer James Morgan, who enrolled at FIU last month.
FIU football's season opener against Indiana on Sept. 1, 2018, will kick off at 7 p.m. to ring in Butch Davis' second season at the helm of the program. FIU is 0-2 all time against the Hoosiers, with both games coming in the past three years.
In FIU coach Butch Davis’ perfect world, the Panthers will not have one dominant wide receiver that catches at least 50 passes this season but several. Last year, FIU’s passing game was directed toward senior Thomas Owens, who played nine games before getting injured.
FIU second baseman Eddie Silva, who hit just four homers in his first three collegiate seasons, leads Conference USA with 15 homers. He has homered in three consecutive games, and his hot streak has led the FIU Panthers to a season-best four-game win streak.
FIU Panthers head coach Butch Davis speaks to the media after the FIU Panthers lose to Temple Owls 28-3 at the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida on Thursday, December 21, 2017.