Mario Cristobal answers questions regarding the speculation to Miami – 247Sports

Oregon Ducks head football coach Mario Cristobal is a wanted man. 

Cristobal is being heavily pursued by his alma mater, the University of Miami, to lead their football program. 

Following Oregon’s 38-10 loss in the Pac-12 Championship Game against Utah, Cristobal was asked if he intended to sign a contract extension with Oregon or accept the Miami job if offered?

“When you say somebody has offered, I haven’t talked to anybody, so let’s not create narratives as we sit here in this press conference,” Cristobal said. “Oregon is working on some stuff for me and that is what I have right now. That is the extent of that conversation.”

Cristobal was then asked what he would say to the fans and people that support the program with all the uncertainty about his future…

“If there is anything to report, I report it,” Cristobal said. “I always have. Over the years, because some things are put out there or not, every year our entire staff, whether it is behind the scenes or public or not, we have always had other people come for our people. Including myself. How the media treats it and chooses to posture around it, I have no control over. That is the extent of it.”

Cristobal on if he thinks the reports distracted the players during the Pac-12 Championship Game…

“I don’t know what to tell you,” Cristobal said. “I can tell you that if I had a decision to make or something to report, I would. Do I expect people to come at me? Yeah, I do. It happens every single year. Is there anything else to report besides that? There is nothing else to report besides that.”

Cristobal was then asked if he would listen if other programs approached him. 

“Look guys, I am not going to get into hypotheticals,” Cristobal said. “We finished off a game that we played and coached poorly in. I understand that you have a job to do, but we are going in circles with the same answers and you are going to get the same response.”

Cristobal is expected to listen to the pitch and vision from the UM decision makers for a once proud program that has largely been dormant for the past 15 years. 

According to reports, Oregon has tabled an extension that is worth $7M per year. 

Miami is expected to come with a significant offer of their own for Cristobal, which will include a competitive salary, a competitive salary pool for staffing, and an understanding of the university’s newfound commitment to the football program that is expected to see a boost of $20-30M more per year.

With two good offers on the table, Cristobal now has a decision to make. 

As the head coach at both FIU and Oregon, Cristobal has amassed a 62-60 record in his ten years of experience. 

At Oregon, Cristobal has led the Ducks to a 35-13 record. 

Cristobal has deep ties to the University of Miami football program, dating back to his playing days. He was a four-year letterman at UM, from 1988-92, and was a member of two National Championship teams under Dennis Erickson. When Cristobal first arrived at UM, Jimmy Johnson was the head coach. 

In 1992, Cristobal was a First-Team All-Big East selection as an offensive tackle. 

Cristobal was then a graduate assistant at Miami from 1998-2000. He started his coaching career at Rutgers and then returned to Miami as a position coach from 2004-06. 

From 2007-12, Cristobal served as the head coach at FIU and leading that program to their first bowl appearance in 2010.

Cristobal worked at Alabama under head coach Nick Saban from 2013-16 as the assistant head coach and offensive line coach. Alabama’s 2015 offensive line was recognized as the best in the country. The Crimson Tide won the National Championship in 2015.

Prior to being named head coach at Oregon in 2018, Cristobal was the co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for the Ducks in 2017 on Willie Taggart’s staff, who departed for Florida State after one season in Eugene. 

Cristobal attended Christopher Columbus High School, in Miami, Florida, which is a short drive to the UM campus.