The loss by the Miami Hurricanes football team to Georgia Tech on Saturday has received national coverage. Mario Cristobal’s decision to run on their last offensive play of the game instead of taking a knee to run out the clock has been condemned by every national media outlet that covers college football.
Griffin McVeigh of On3 quoted ESPN College Gameday host Rece Davis on the Paul Feinbaum Show. Davis said about Cristobal “There have been game management issues…over the years… it’s not the first time game management has come up as an issue for him…there is not much defense for what happened.”
Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated wrote, “Money Still Can’t Buy Close-Game Common Sense for High-Priced Coaches.” Forde stated, “Miami’s Mario Cristobal drew criticism after failing to take a knee against Georgia Tech Saturday, but he’s not alone in college football.” Forde observed Miami losing to Georgia Tech through sheer incompetence.
The Twitter account for Lane Kiffin’s dog Juice trolled Mario Cristobal following the Miami Hurricanes loss to Georgia Tech. The Rebels defeated Arkansas 27-20 on Saturday and took a knee at the end of the game to salt the victory. Cristobal and Kiffin were on the Alabama staff under Nick Saban together from 2014-16.
Feinbaum appeared on the Matt Barrie Show on ESPN to discuss the blunder by Cristobal. In his analysis, Feinbaum stated that there is no explanation for the decision not to take a knee other than “udder stupidity.” Alek Arend of Athlon Sports further quoted Feinbaum who said the decision by Cristobal transcended sports.
Susan Miller Degnan of the Miami Herald summarized the weekly appearance that Cristobal has on the Joe Rose Morning Show on 560 WQAM. Cristobal completely took ownership of the gaffe on Saturday night. During his press conference on Monday afternoon, so did offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson.
With the Monday press conferences complete and to be announced players meeting with the media on Tuesday, Miami will put the game versus Georgia Tech behind them and focus on number 12 North Carolina. Miami has a huge opportunity to regain respect nationally with a win in Chapel Hill.