Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden hit a home run when the University of Miami announced that former FIU head coach Mario Cristobal will be added to the staff.
Cristobal, who was fired from FIU following the 2012 season, will replace former wide receivers coach George McDonald who left to perform the same position at Arkansas.
Cristobal is no stranger to Coral Gables. He is a native of Miami and was a four-year letterman on the Hurricanes football team. Cristobal was part of two Miami national championships having served on the ‘Canes 1989 and 1991 teams.
He served as a graduate assistant at Miami from 1998-2000. Cristobal was then hired by Greg Schiano at Rutgers where he coached tight ends and the offensive line. During 2004-2005, Cristobal returned to Miami as a tight ends coach under Larry Coker. He helped groom NFL caliber players such as Kevin Everett, Buck Ortega and Greg Olsen.
In 2006 Cristobal was named head coach at FIU. Following a 1-11 record in his first season, the Panthers finished 2011 with an impressive 8-5 record but would suffer a loss in the Beef O’ Brady’s Bowl. He left FIU with a 24-38 record.
There is no doubt that Cristobal is a young, talented coach. He is more than capable of recruiting south Florida, the question is: how long will he stay in Miami? If Golden should choose to leave for greener pastures, could Cristobal one day find himself at the helm in Miami?
247Sports is reporting that former tight ends coach Brennan Carroll will now coach Miami’s wide receivers and Cristobal will also hold the title of Associate Head Coach.