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FIU hires Ron Turner as coach

Updated: January 4, 2013, 5:25 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Florida International announced the hiring of football coach Ron Turner at an introductory news conference Friday.

Turner signed a five-year deal with a base salary of $500,000 on Thursday night. He takes over for Mario Cristobal after a 3-9 season and will look to lead the Golden Panthers into Conference USA from the Sun Belt.

"I really believe this program is ready to take the next step, which is to win at a high level in Conference USA, to win consistently and compete for ...

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