MIAMI (CBSMiami) – If Florida International University athletic director Pete Garcia had a plan for the post-Mario Cristobal era, it’s not become apparent so far.
FIU remains the only major Football Bowl Subdivision program that lost its head coach at the end of the year to not have hired a replacement.
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, University of Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz told Garcia he is no longer interested in the FIU head coaching position. The move came just one day after interviewing for the FIU job.
Garcia promised a “splash” with a new hire, but so far has been turned away by former University of Miami head coach Butch Davis and now Diaz.
Garcia made the move to fire Cristobal after a 3-9 season; despite the school coming off back-to-back bowl games in the two years prior to the 2012 campaign. The move shocked the college football world and has left many questions about the future of the program Cristobal built from scratch.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, FSU offensive coordinator James Coley, Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and former Arkansas and Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt are possibilities for the FIU job opening.