On December 5, 2012, Florida International University (FIU) fired head coach Mario Cristobal. The decision by Athletic Director Pete Garcia came as a surprise, as Cristobal had lifted the bottom-feeding program to two bowl appearances and some national notoriety in his first five years. Before the start of his sixth season, FIU had received three votes in the USA Today Coaches' Poll.
Unfortunately, FIU did not meet their preseason expectations and finished 3-9. After the shocking dismissal, FIU fans rationalized that Garcia had to have a plan.
But does he? Let's look at potential replacements.