Posted September 21, 2013

Down 51-0, FlU may or may not have requested a running clock against Louisville

FIU Golden Panthers, Louisville Cardinals, Ron Turner, Strange Stats
Damian Copeland

Wide receiver Damian Copleand (right) and Louisville led FIU 38-0 at the half on Saturday. (Garry Jones/AP)

FIU’s offense is epically bad, as mentioned in this week’s Mid-major Report. But Florida International is an FBS team, and FBS teams aren’t really supposed to request a running clock. Ever.

There are never enough times to point out that FIU fired head coach Mario Cristobal in December in order to hire Ron Turner, who has currently led the Golden Panthers to 30 yards in just more than three quarters against Louisville. FIU is 0-3 in 2013 with 23 points in 17 quarters and a loss to Bethune-Cookman.

Turner refuted the notion that Florida International requested the running clock after the game, but the clock kept running on out-of-bounds plays at multiple points in the second half. Louisville coach Charlie Strong also said that the idea was discussed.

The C-USA released an official statement:

This all may be a lot of teeth gnashing, but it’s odd nonetheless.

10 comments
6marK6
6marK6

There needs to be some sort of punitive action taken against big schools that load up on Idaho State, Bethune Cookman, and Savannah State. Spare me the "they make money for small colleges" crap. What good does it do those programs when they will always be what they are?

LittleLeb0wski
LittleLeb0wski

@LukeWalkitout what a shame to give up like that. All they need is some antacids, the annexation of Puerto Rico and they're back in this

SportsActionCht
SportsActionCht

@SInow That just flat out shouldnt be allowed. The rules of the game should not be adjusted on a per case request basis in any fashion

Fifilo
Fifilo

Firing Cristobal was so boneheaded, this feels right.


JimKirkwood1
JimKirkwood1

These mismatches that big schools schedule for a break and weak schools schedule for a payday are a disgrace to both parties. If they didn't request a running clock they should have.

scBlais
scBlais

@JimKirkwood1 They are both FBS schools, FIU is not some FCS or DII school.  The problem is the continued expansion of smaller division schools pushing into the FBS in order to cash in.  What they should be doing is culling the amount of current FBS schools as at least 20 or so do not belong at that level.