Ron Turner dismissed as FIU head coach
Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday September 25, 2016
Photo credit: Miami Herald
Florida International has dismissed head coach Ron Turner, CoachingSearch has confirmed. USA Today’s Dan Wolken first reported the news.
Turner was 10-30 in three-plus seasons, including 0-4 this year. The Panthers lost to UCF 53-14 on Saturday and haven’t scored more than 14 points in a game this year.
Defensive coordinator Ron Cooper will be the interim head coach. USA Today reports that Turner will be owed more than $700,000 in buyout, subject to offset if Turner gets a new job before Jan. 3, 2018.
Turner was an NFL assistant from 2005-12 before returning to the college ranks at FIU. He was Illinois’ head coach from 1997-2004, posting a 35-57 record with a Sugar Bowl appearance. The 62-year-old Turner has been in coaching since 1978.
FIU has posted two winning seasons since the program’s inception in 2002. Those were 7-6 and 8-5 seasons under Mario Cristobal from 2010-11, but Cristobal was dismissed after a 3-9 season in 2012. The school recently announced AD Pete Garcia will remain in place until 2018.
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