URI to name Jim Fleming as football coach

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 20, 2013 at 11:27 am •  Published: December 20, 2013

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The University of Rhode Island's new head football coach is the defensive coordinator from the University of Central Florida.

Jim Fleming will be formally introduced at a press conference on campus on Monday.

Fleming joined Central Florida in 2011 as linebackers coach and was named defensive coordinator last year. With an 11-1 record overall, the Knights are currently ranked No. 15. They'll play in the Fiesta Bowl against No. 6 Baylor.

Fleming served as the linebackers coach for Kent State in 2010 and Akron's defensive coordinator from 2004 to 2009.

The New York City native replaces Joe Trainer, who in November was released from the final year of his contract. Trainer went 12-44 over five seasons at the helm of URI's football team.


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