Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bucs QB coach leaving to coach FIU
TAMPA - Already on the lookout for a new receivers coach, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are now in the market for a new quarterbacks coach as well. Ron Turner, who took over as the Bucs' QBs coach last offseason, is leaving Tampa Bay to take the head coach's job at Florida International University, the school said late Thursday. Bucs officials did not immediately return requests for confirmation of the report, but The Associated Press reported late Thursday night that Turner signed a five-year deal with a base salary of $500,000 annually. FIU director of sports and entertainment Pete Garcia said he received a faxed copy of the signed contract and that Turner would be in Miami for an introductory news conference this afternoon."This guy knows football," Garcia said. "He's the best quarterback coach in America, college or pro. So I'm very excited to get this guy. He's one of the best offensive minds in America. This guy's a total package. He can do it all." Turner is the second offensive assistant to leave the Bucs this offseason. He follows the departure of receivers coach P.J. Fleck, who has left to take over as the new head coach at Western Michigan University. Turner is also at least the second Bucs assistant that FIU has attempted to land as its new head coach, following Butch Davis, the Bucs special assistant to head coach Greg Schiano. The head coaching gig is the third for Turner, who previously ran the program at San Jose State for one year (1992) and the University of Illinois for eight years (1997-2004). One name being mentioned as a possible replacement for either Turner or Fleck is John McNulty, the former Arizona Cardinals QBs coach who was fired along with head coach Ken Whisenhunt this week. Bucs coach Greg Schiano, who had McNulty as his offensive coordinator and QBs coach for five seasons while both were at Rutgers, asked for permission to speak to McNulty about the Bucs offensive coordinator's job last year but was denied. Turner replaces Mario Cristobal, who was fired last month.