As the search for the Miami Hurricanes’ next head coach continues, one name that seems to keep popping up is Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal. Per Ryan Bartow of 247 Sports, two Miami commits in 2017 four-star tight end Kenmore Gamble and 2016 four-star defensive end Joseph Jackson want Cristobal to be hired as Golden’s successor.
Cristobal, 45, certainly would be an excellent hire for the program, having played for the Hurricanes from 1989-1992 and winning two national titles with them while playing for Dennis Erickson. He is also from Miami, making him a “Miami Guy” in every sense of the word. He has also proven himself to be a great recruiter, which is the first step to making Miami great again.
Cristobal also has head coaching experience, having spent six years as the head coach at FIU. He went 27-47 (20-26 Sun Belt) in his time there, but won the Sun Belt in 2010.
Though hiring someone a bit more experienced may be preferable to university higher ups, Cristobal embodies everything that is old school Miami football and knows what it would take to make the U a championship contender again. Others will surely be interviewed for the position, but he needs to be a front-runner for the job from the get go.
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