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Search for FIU's new defensive coordinator begins today

Sentimentality is a luxury not afforded to Division I football programs, so it should come as no surprise that interviews for FIU's replacement to newly departed D-coordinator Geoff Collins begin today.

Mario Cristobal plans to interview three candidates Thursday -- less than 24 hours after Collins took a job at Mississippi State -- and eight by this Sunday.

The program has not yet released a list of candidates, but we're working on it.

Cristobal mentioned the Golden Panthers would consider internal applicants, but with Collins gone, FIU's depth of defensive assistants has thinned.

Cedric Calhoun leads the defensive line, but has never been higher than a position coach at any level, and has only worked at the Division I-A level for one season. Juan Navarro (D-line/linebackers asst.) and Jeff Popovich (secondary) also might be a few years removed from such a job.

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