Report: Mario Cristobal Is A Top Miami Coaching Candidate

    Mario Cristobal is reportedly a top Miami coaching candidate. Football Scoop reports the two parties have had communication.

    November 10, 2015

    A familiar name is now being attached to the Miami coaching search: Mario Cristobal.

    Cristobal is currently the offensive line coach for the Alabama Crimson Tide, but he has strong ties to Miami. After four years of playing for the Hurricanes, Cristobal dedicated six years to them as a graduate assistant and an assistant coach.

    According to Football Scoop, Miami has shown interest in bringing him back home to South Florida.

    Sources tell FootballScoop that Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal is “at the top of the list” for Miami and that discussions have taken place between representatives on each side.

    Cristobal’s only head coaching experience was an up-and-down, six-year stint with Florida International. He was eventually fired by the Panthers for what the athletic director, Pete Garcia, noted as “backwards” movement for the program. He left FIU with a 27-47 overall record.

    A popular sentiment among many is that Cristobal could prosper as a head coach, especially at his alma mater. One of the biggest keys to the Miami job is locking down the South Florida recruiting base, which is something Cristobal would likely have no problem accomplishing.

    Rivals named Cristobal the “Recruiter of the Year” in 2015.

    The Tide offensive line coach played a major role in landing five-stars Minkah Fitzpatrick, Daron Payne and Calvin Ridley. In short, the Florida native was responsible for building the foundation of the nation’s No. 2 class and the top class in the powerful SEC.

    Cristobal would also likely receive backing from the program’s more notable figures, which would go a long way toward building a recruiting fence around South Florida.

    But the one issue that could abstain Miami from hiring Cristobal is his connection to the football program’s past. The university has tried its hardest to separate itself from the days of “The U.”

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