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Cyp & Tourek going to The NFL Combine; Turner talk

The NFL Scouting Combine gives NFL teams a chance to look into the minds of future NFL players and NFL scribes a chance to look into the downtown Indianapolis night life (which, if done properly, should include Steak 'n' Shake. http://www.nfl.com/combine/story/09000d5d827473d9/printable/indy-intel-combine-observations-on-and-off-the-field)

In between, during the days, players do some lab rat testing that shows how well they'll play football when football's turned into an indoor decathlon.

This party's invited FIU's Johnathan Cyprien, who had a great Senior Bowl week according to all who saw him, and defensive end Tourek Williams, who impressed at the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Game.


What Turner had to say about the Prince Matt arrest is on that post. Thursday afternoon also discussed the firing of secondary coach Jeff Popovich right after FIU finished signing recruits Wednesday, the first day of the signing period.

"I'm looking for a good fit, making sure the chemistry of the staff is what I want going forward," Turner said.

Turner said there wasn't a personality conflict: "I don't know if I'd say that. I'm looking for the right fit. I think he does a good job and is a good coach. There's no question about that."

Popovich said he felt bad for the families of defensive backs who heard in their living rooms from he and Turner that Popovich would be their position coach.

"A student-athlete shouldn't base their decision entirely on coaches," Popovich said. "But you realize it does have an effect, especially when it's your position coach."

Turner admitted the timing, right after FIU finished signing four defensive backs, two of whom (Bartow's Vontarius West, Belen's Xavier Hines) were their consensus highest rated recruits.

"This wasn't anything I had planned three weeks ago," he said. "It was a decision I made in the last couple of days."


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