Ron Turner dismissed by FIU, kicking off 2016's coaching carousel

The 2016 coaching carousel has officially been fired up -- so to speak.

FIU coach Ron Turner has been relieved of his duties, the school announced on Sunday. Defensive coordinator Ron Cooper will serve as the team's interim coach.

Turner's Golden Panthers were 0-4 this season with their latest loss coming to UCF by a score of 53-14 on Saturday. FIU was outscored by an average of 21 points per game while posting just 13.5 points per game. In all, Turner was 10-30 in three-plus seasons with FIU. He never took the Golden Panthers to a bowl game.

Per Dan Wolken of the USA Today, FIU will owe Turner somewhere north of $700,000 in buyout money. Turner's contract ran through the 2017-18 season.

Turner succeeded Mario Cristobal, who was fired in December 2012. Cristobal, who is now an assistant at Alabama, amassed a 27-47 record in six years with FIU but led the program to consecutive winning seasons in 2010 and 2011. Turner previously coached Illinois from 1997-2004, going 35-37.

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Ben Kercheval joined CBS Sports in 2016 and has been covering college football since 2010. Before CBS, Ben worked at Bleacher Report, UPROXX Sports and NBC Sports. As a long-suffering North Texas graduate,... Full Bio

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