The Buccaneers offensive success in 2012 has caused other programs to take notice. First P. J. Fleck was hired as the head coach at Western Michigan and now it appears QB coach Ron Turner will be joining Fleck as a head coach in the college ranks, reportedly taking the top job at Florida International.
Success attracts suitors. Just ask former Bucs coach Tony Dungy who lost a number of assistants to promotions during his six seasons in Tampa Bay.
Receivers’ coach P.J. Fleck was the first Bucs coach to find take a promotion elsewhere, and now quarterbacks coach Ron Turner appears set to become the new head coach at Florida International, this according to Brett McMurphy of ESPN.
Turner joined Greg Schiano’s staff last spring, and along with offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, helped develop quarterback Josh Freeman into the franchise leader in passing yards in a season (4,065) and TD passes (27).
Besides Fleck and Turner leaving, there is still a chance the Buccaneers could lose Sullivan before the NFL coaching carousel slows down. Sullivan is reportedly set to interview for the Bears head coach opening, which came open after Chicago fired Lovie Smith last Monday.
Turner, brother of former Chargers’ head coach Norv Turner, has been coaching since 1977, including two stints as a college head coach (San Jose State, Illinois) and has also spent a number of years as an NFL assistant, most noticeably with the Bears from 2005-2009.
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