FIU picks athletic director from UCF — first he needs to hire a football coach

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For the first time in 15 years, FIU has a new athletic director.

FIU on Tuesday held a zoom call for its coaches to introduce them to new AD Scott Carr, a 49-year-old who had served as a high-ranking member of the University of Central Florida’s athletics administration since February of 2016.

Carr will be introduced to the media Wednesay.

A 25-year veteran of intercollegiate athletics, Carr joined UCF as an executive associate athletics director. In April of 2018, he was promoted to deputy athletics director for brand activation.

This past January — after AD Danny White left to the University of Tennessee — Carr was named interim athletics director.

A native of Gainesville, Carr has a master’s degree from the University of Florida in sports management.

Carr has previously held a position in Miami, working as part of the FedEx Orange Bowl team from 1997 to 2001. From there, he worked for eight years at Southern Miss, rising to the rank of deputy director of athletics.

He left Southern Miss for a job as senior associate athletic director for external affairs at Auburn University.

At FIU, Carr’s first job will be to hire a football coach to replace Butch Davis, whose five-year contract will expire on Dec. 15.

The FIU football program has lost 11 straight games overall and 18 in a row to FBS programs.

Carr not only needs to hire a quality coach — he needs to do so quickly because the early signing period for football recruits begins in two weeks,

Davis said FIU’s football budget was cut by $500,000 in each of the past two years, and that will be a major issue going forward for the new coach if the Panthers expect to compete.

A dire lack of attendance at FIU football games — which has long been a problem — will be another task for Carr.

For now, however, there’s a lot of enthusiasm from FIU president Mark B. Rosenberg and from Carr.

“Scott has a track record of helping student-athletes succeed on and off the field,” Rosenberg said in a statement.

Carr expressed his desire to get right to work.

“My family and I couldn’t be more excited,” Carr said in a statement. “I see the tremendous opportunity to grow FIU athletics.”

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