Another name being tossed around as George McDonald’s replacement is former FIU head coach, Mario Cristobal. As you know all know by now, McDonald left Miami to take the same position at Arkansas.
Now that there is a vacancy at the ‘U,’ numerous names have been swirling around (as you can expect – some far-fetched), such as former ‘Canes Lamar Thomas and Randal Hill, to Trooper Taylor and now Mario Cristobal.
Cristobal is a hometown guy, a Miami alum. He has ties to Miami and is not afraid to go head-to-head on the recruiting trail. There is no doubt that he could reestablish the “State of Miami,” but if Cristobal were hired, how long would he stay before he was offered another head coaching gig? I can’t see him as a long-term solution, but his services would prove to be effective immediately.
Cristobal coached at Miami under head coaches Butch Davis and Larry Coker. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant in 1998 and guided Miami to a 29-8 record in his three years under Davis. Cristobal coached the tight ends from 2004-05 under Coker and groomed NFL players Kevin Everett, Buck Ortega and Greg Olsen.
In his 11 years of coaching, Cristobal has coached at Miami, Rutgers and FIU. Would he be a stellar hire – absolutely, but what would his salary expectations be? Would he be willing to come back to Miami for a third time? Stranger things have happened in college football, but if Cristobal wants to come back to Coral Gables, I say welcome aboard.