In a surprising turn of events, FIU fired head coach Mario Cristobal after spending that last six season with the Panthers. When FIU finished the season with a dismal 3-9 record, Panthers AD Pete Garcia decided that it was time to part ways with the University of Miami alum.
It was rumored that Garcia was interested in former ‘Canes head coach Butch Davis to fill the void left by Cristobal. According to the Miami Herald, that is not to be the case. Per the Herald, “Davis [does] not want FIU’s head football coach job.”
At the moment, one would assume that Davis’ cannot afford to be too picky, considering he was fired by North Carolina following an investigation lead by the NCAA. Davis did not coach during the 2011-12 season.
David Neal is reporting that Florida State offensive coordinator James Coley is now the front-runner for FIU. “Coley, a 39-year-old Miami native and Miami high graduate, was an assistant at Norland High when it won a state football title and could recruit the area well.”
Cristobal is 27-47 as a head coach.