Four years ago marked one of the most baffling college football head coaching firings/hirings on record. Mario Cristobal took over Florida International in 2007 and proceeded to go 1-11. But three years later, helped the Panthers reach a bowl game; their first of what was back-to-back postseason appearances. FIU suffered from regression in 2013 (3-9) and Cristobal was mysteriously fired. Rather than reload with another young, up-and-coming coach, FIU decided to bring in Ron Turner. It was a silly hire that was destined to fail, and fail it did. Turner, who went 35-57 at Illinois and 10-30 at FIU, was finally canned this past weekend. The university justified the move by saying it allowed the team a "clean slate
" heading into C-USA play. Defensive coordinator Ron Cooper will serve as interim head coach the remainder of the season. This weekend's opponent, Florida Atlantic, was bet from -5.5 to -7.