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FIU hands Cristobal long-term contract extension

Mario Cristobal

Less than one year after leading FIU to its first-ever conference championship and bowl appearance, Mario Cristobal is now on the receiving end of some contractual security.

In a press release, the school announced that Cristobal has signed a contract extension that could technically keep him at the school through the 2016 season.  There was no official word on how much of a raise, if any, the extension included.

“We are very excited to be able to sign Coach Cristobal to a new 5-year contract extension,” FIU athletic director Pete Garcia said in a statement. “He has done a tremendous job in getting this football program to excel on the field, in the classroom and in the community. We believe we have one of the best coaches in college football and that our program will continue to rise to even greater heights under his leadership.”

“I want to thank Pete Garcia for having the confidence in me to continue building a championship program here at FIU,” Cristobal said. “I deeply appreciate his commitment to me and to the future of FIU football. FIU is a special place and the ongoing support from the entire Panther community is overwhelming. This is a university on the rise and to be a part of that is an honor and a privilege. We will continue to work tirelessly to establish a program that FIU and the entire South Florida community can be proud of. This is an exciting time for FIU football.”

Cristobal was named head coach in December of 2006, and has compiled a 16-33 overall mark at the school.  He was named the Sun Belt coach of the year following last year’s conference-winning season.

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