Blaming the 4-5 record for the Miami football team on this being the first season under Mario Cristobal is an excuse. Multiple other high-profile Power Five programs are having far better seasons under head coaches in their first season under new head coaches. Cristobal is one of many big-name coaches in new places in 2022.
The discussion among Miami football fans on social media during and after the 45-3 loss to Florida State on Saturday night also blamed, in their opinions, on a lack of talent. Miami has the 13th most talented roster in college football according to the 247 Sports team talent composite.
The Hurricanes are one of 15 teams with a blue-chip (four or five-star signees) ratio of over 50 percent. Miami is 14th nationally with 54 percent of its roster made up of players who were blue-chip signees. Miami has a roster of talented players who are underachieving as is far too often the problem.
Cristobal was lauded during the offseason for the coaching staff he hired. Cristobal led Oregon to their third straight Pac-12 title game with Oregon last season. Offensive coordinator Josh Gattis received the Frank Broyles Award for the best assistant in college football in 2021. Josh Addae is a national championship assistant.
The 2021-22 hiring cycle was an epic one for college football. Other programs that hired new coaches included Florida, LSU, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oklahoma, TCU and USC. Notre Dame, Oklahoma and of course Oregon all lost their head coaches to other high-profile Power Five programs.