As the search for the next Miami Hurricanes coach continues, a familiar face appears to be the favorite. Per a tweet from FootballScoop, Alabama offensive line coach and former Hurricane Mario Cristobal appears to be the front-runner.
Sources: Mario Cristobal at the top of the list at Miami
— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) November 10, 2015
The report read as follows:
“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.
“Our source was unable to say whether Cristobal is alone at the top of the list or not but it is clear there is real interest from The U on this one, and that aligns with what local high school coaches think would be a good hire for Miami. 247 sports asked a number of local high school coaches who they felt Miami should hire and there was strong support for Cristobal.”
And what a hire Cristobal would be. He is a Miami native who played his high school ball at Columbus High, and he also won two national championships at the U. He got his coaching career started at Miami as well, serving as a graduate assistant in his first stint with the team and serving as the offensive line and tight ends coach his second.
Cristobal also coached FIU for six seasons, going 27-47 (20-26 Sun Belt) and winning a conference title in 2010.
That record isn’t very encouraging, but Cristobal has gained a reputation as a phenomenal recruiter, especially with Alabama. That skill could definitely help the Hurricanes get back in the ACC saddle and get more prospects from South Florida to join the team because, when push comes to shove, Cristobal is just what the program needs: a “Miami” guy in the same mold as Jimmy Johnson, Dennis Erickson and Howard Schnellenberger.
Campus Sports will update Miami’s coaching search as any new information becomes public.
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