Florida International fired Mario Cristobal on Wednesday after six seasons as its coach.
"Today we informed coach Cristobal a change was being made in the direction of our football program," athletic director Pete Garcia said.
Florida International finished the 2012 record with a 3-9 record. Cristobal's overall record was 27-47.
The news was somewhat surprising because the program was coming off its first winning seasons in 2010 and 2011. The job that Cristobal had done at FIU was highly regarded. So much so that he reportedly was pursued by bigger-name FBS programs last year, but the former University of Miami player ultimately remained in south Florida.
There was no word from the school on the search for a replacement or possible successors.