FIU fires coach Mario Cristobal

Updated: December 5, 2012, 10:38 PM ET
By Brett McMurphy | ESPN

Florida International coach Mario Cristobal has been fired, athletic director Pete Garcia announced Wednesday morning.

Garcia called FIU's season "a total collapse," and said the program needs to go in a different direction.

Cristobal was 27-47 in six seasons at FIU, though he took the Panthers to their first two bowl games before a disappointing, injury-filled 3-9 campaign this season.

In a morning meeting, Garcia told Cristobal of the decision, one that caught both ...

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