After the unexpected firing of Mario Cristobal, and the back-and-forth roller coaster with Butch Davis, FIU finally has their man. Former University of Illinois coach and San Jose State coach Ron Turner, will be introduced as the school’s third football coach.
If his name sounds familiar, it should. Turner is brothers with former San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner. But is this the best pick for FIU?
Turner was most recently connected to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as their quarterbacks coach. At the college level, Turner spent eight years at Illinois, but only had two winning seasons during his tenure. He did win the Big Ten Championship in 2001 before losing in the Sugar Bowl.
In terms of record and for comparisons sake, Turner went 4-19 in his last two season at Illinois. Cristobal went 18-20 in his last three seasons at FIU. Only time will tell how this move will shape for the Panthers, but now Turner’s concern will be getting back some high-quality recruits that were lost once Cristobal was fired.
FIU will start next season as new members of the C-USA conference.