By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Florida International has hired Butch Davis as their new head coach. He replaces Ron Turner, who was at the school for four-years, before being fired earlier this year.
Davis returns to the Miami area with a five-year deal. He reunites with Pete Garcia, the FIU executive director of sports and entertainment.
The two had stints together with the Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes and the Cleveland Browns.
Garcia used Davis as a consultant when he hired Turner. In addition, Davis wanted to return to Miami last year with the Hurricanes were looking for a head coach. However, the Hurricanes Athletic Department chose Mark Richt, an alum, as its new head coach.
When Turner was fired after four games, Davis was considered the front-runner for the job. He was employed at ESPN as an analyst up until this new appointment with FIU.
Davis reportedly told the network that he was leaving the Worldwide Leader in Sports immediately for this job. Ron Cooper — whose going 3-3 in the past six games as an interim head coach — will finish the final two games.
FIU is the second college football team to hire its 2017 replacement. On Friday, Fresno State hired Jeff Tedford as their new head coach.
The 64-year-old — who will be 65 on Thursday — was last a college coach with the North Carolina Tar Heels from 2007-10. Prior to that, he was the Browns head coach from 2002 to 2004.
He has a career 63-43 record as a college coach, including a 5-2 bowl record. He was 24-35 in the National Football League.
Davis was let go at North Carolina before the team opened practice in 2011 as the school was dealing with allegations of improper benefits and academic misconduct. He has long maintained that he did nothing wrong, and he was never implicated in the NCAA probe.
The Golden Panthers haven’t made it to a bowl game since 2011 when they went to back-to-back bowl games under former head coach Mario Cristobal — now an Alabama Crimson Tide. The school has gone 16-42 since he left.
Davis was 12-23 as the North Carolina Tar Heels head coach. He was 51-20 as the Miami (Florida) Hurricanes Head Coach. As a College Football Head Coach, he is a combined 63-43.
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