Ron Turner is out as FIU head coach after starting the season 0-4, bringing his record at the school to 10-30.
The vacancy is one of the hardest in the nation to fill — South Florida is a recruiting hotbed, but FIU isn't flush with cash and the school's athletic director, Pete Garcia, is still reviled in many coaching circles for his firing of now-Alabama assistant coach Mario Cristobal.
Three names that are not on this list: Cristobal, Miami defenisve coordinator Manny Diaz, and Pitt defensive coordinator Josh Conklin, as Garcia would have to mend fences with all three to hire them. That's unlikely, so here are the coaches who are left:
Randy Shannon - former Miami head coach
Now on the Florida coaching staff, Shannon didn't have the best run at Miami as a head coach, but the stage might have been too big for him. FIU seems like a nice re-entry point.
Mark Stoops - Kentucky head coach
If Stoops is out at Kentucky — it's trending that way now — he could fall down to FIU. His success at Florida State still carries weight in South Florida.
Joker Phillips - former Kentucky head coach
Phillips, who has made stops at Florida, Ohio State, and the Cleveland Browns since being fired at Kentucky, would make waves.
Tim Brewster - Florida State assistant
One of the best recruiters in the state of Florida, Brewster helped turn FSU into the perennial power it is today. His head coaching experience will make him highly attractive to Garcia.
Billy Gonzales - Mississippi State offensive coordinator
Has re-established his coaching brand with Dan Mullen in Starkville, and, like everyone else on this list, is an excellent recruiter of South Florida talent.
James Coley - former Miami offensive coordinator
Coley wanted the FIU job when it last opened, but was overlooked because of a lack of experience. Might Garcia reconsider this time around?
Eddie Gran - Kentucky offensive coordinator
Gran is a staple at South Florida high schools and is one of the region's most respected coaches. If he can't land this job, head coaching might not be in the cards for him. He's a tailored fit.
Geoff Collins - Florida defensive coordinator
Collins was also interested in the FIU job the last time it came open, but was, like Coley, overlooked for a lack of experience. His defense at Florida is one of the best in the nation and he comes with sterling recommendations from the college football and South Florida prep coaching ranks.
Butch Davis - former Miami, North Carolina head coach
This is the name that will be most discussed. Davis and Garcia are close from their time at Miami — Garcia was hand-picked by Davis to join him when the coach took the Cleveland Browns job. They remain close to this day. Davis' name has been more-or-less cleared in the North Carolina academic scandal that led to his dismissal and is on the record about wanting to get back into coaching. FIU might be his best re-entry point.