Richard Gibson/Staff Writer
Following the Panthers winless 2020 season, head coach Butch Davis has decided to fire FIU’s offensive coordinator, Rich Skrosky.
“I have made a decision to go in a different direction schematically,” wrote Davis in a statement by FIU Athletics. “I want to thank Coach Skrosky for his participation in building our football program.”
In addition to being the offensive coordinator, Skrosky was also the Panthers quarterbacks coach. He had spent four seasons with FIU dating back to 2017.
During his time at FIU, he helped the team reach three straight bowl games and coached NFL quarterbacks Alex McGough (Seattle Seahawks) and James Morgan (New York Jets).
However, one big reason FIU struggled this season was their offense. Their leading passer, Max Bortenschlager, only threw for 284 yards in five games. Stone Norton led all quarterbacks with three touchdown passes, but was sacked 11 times. Kaylan Wiggins only started three games, and had the most limited time on the field.
The offense saw some success, mainly with running back D’Vonte Price, who led all rushers with 581 yards and four touchdowns. Still, FIU had struggled to convert on third downs, succeed in the long ball, and even had a negative turnover ratio.
Now, Davis and the rest of the coaching staff will have to find a replacement, however an announcement will likely not be made for at least a few weeks.
“The football program is not in a rush to hire personnel, as it is more important to get it right. Coach Davis hopes to get the position filled prior to the players returning for the spring semester on Jan. 11.”