Ron Turner hired as new coach at FIU

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Former Chicago Bears offensive coordinator and Illinois Fighting Illini head coach Ron Turner will take over the football team at Florida International University.

Ron Turner, who spent eight years as the head coach at Illinois and seven years as an assistant with the Chicago Bears, has been hired to be the next head coach of the FIU Golden Panthers.

The 59-year-old coach spent the past season working as the quarterbacks coach for the Tampa Bay Bucaneers, and he has not been a head coach at any level since he was fired from that position in 2004 by the University of Illinois after three-straight losing seasons. Turner has amassed 35 years of coaching experience, including 11 years of experience at the NFL level.

The Golden Panthers are coming off a disappointing 3-9 season in 2012, but they posted an 8-5 record in 2011 and a 7-6 record in 2010. The team lost the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl to Marshall in 2011, but they defeated Toledo in the Little Ceasar's Bowl in 2010.

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