On the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference conference call, I asked Bethune-Cookman coach Brian Jenkins if he interviewed for the FIU job Turner now holds and how far along in the process he got. Jenkins said he would only answer questions about this week, to do otherwise would be a disservice to the players, both coaching staffs, etc.
I really hate when football coaches give the long-winded "no comment" in situations like this. You're heading up a football team, not running the NSA. If you didn't interview, say so and it looks good to your current bosses. If you did interview (and most sources say he did), say so and that you're happy you decided to stay where they just gave you a contract extension.
From an opaque window to blunt clarity...
I asked FIU coach Ron Turner about redshirt sophomore wide receiver Fred Porter, who made the only big offensive play in FIU's loss to Maryland and a fourth down catch against UCF. Turner said Porter earned himself a day with the first team today, but had an average day and would need to pick it up Wednesday and Thursday.
I asked about sophmore cornerback Jeremiah McKinnon's benching last week after starting against Maryland. Turner said it was based entirely on performance. There was no disciplinary element.
Bethune's speed worries Turner. Apparently, so does the long snapping on placekicks -- redshirt freshman wide receiver Ricky Fernandez, redshirt sophomore tight end Akil Dan-Fodio, freshman center Danny Nunez and redshirt sophomore Aaron Neilson all were practicing placekick snaps after practice.
Bethune's up to No. 23 in The Sports Nation FCS Top 25 poll.
The Nov. 23 home game against Marshall is now set for 6 p.m.
The Herald's David Ovalle (http://twitter.com/DavidOvalle305) is covering the trial of Quentin Wyche, the accused in the stabbing death of FIU football player Kendall Berry.