OR reportedly going to hire Mario Cristobal as its next head coach


Ducks players had expressed wide support for Cristobal's promotion. He became the head football coach at Florida International University from 2007-2012, when he was sacked by Athletic Director Pete Garcia.

Cristobal joined OR football in January of 2017. Cristobal, also the school's run-game coordinator and OL coach, was named interim head coach for the Ducks' bowl game earlier this week after Willie Taggart left for Florida State. That should speak volumes to the type of impact that Cristobal had on the program in such a short amount of time, seeing as he is off his first season in Eugene.

After serving as a G.A.at Miami from 1998-2000, Cristobal moved on to Rutgers under Greg Schiano coaching offensive line and tight ends from 2001-2003, before returning to Miami to coach tight ends and offensive line from 2004-2006.

OR will promote offensive coordinator Mario Cristobal to head coach, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. He then joined the Alabama staff as the offensive line coach and was recognized as one of the best recruiters in the country. And will be leading the team as they head to the Vegas Bowl.

On Thursday night, senior offensive tackle Tyrell Crosby wrote on Twitter that a petition was circulating advocating for Cristobal's hiring.

"I feel like this is a really big accomplishment for everyone, that's why everyone was so excited", offensive lineman Shane Lemieux said on Friday.

OR and Cristobal have a date with the Boise State Broncos on December 16 in the Las Vegas Bowl.



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