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Mario Cristobal, FIU issue statements on near-dash for Rutgers

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The sigh of relief blowing from Florida International has subsided today with the news that head coach Mario Cristobal would not be taking the head coaching job at Rutgers, despite previous reports to the contrary.

Rutgers has since announced the hiring of offensive line coach Kyle Flood.

Now that Cristobal will for sure be the head coach of the Golden Panthers tomorrow, National Signing Day, it’s a good thing he issued the following statement talking up the FIU program:

“It is a tremendous privilege to be the head coach at FIU. We have a great thing going here and I am excited about the future of the program. Over the past five seasons we have been building something special. Our success has gone beyond the field, as our student-athletes have also excelled academically on their way to earning a very valuable diploma. I am also proud of our team’s continued involvement in the community. My goal is to see this program continue to develop and grow into a major football power. I want our fans to know that I am dedicated to this goal.”

According to a report from yesterday, the only thing that needed to be ironed out between Rutgers and Cristobal were details of his contract. Cristobal was also linked to the Pitt job before it went to Paul Chryst, so take everything for what it’s worth.

Pete Garcia, FIU’s executive director of sports and entertainment, also issued the following statement:

We are extremely pleased that Mario Cristobal has chosen to remain the head coach at FIU. What Mario has accomplished over the past five seasons is exceptional. It has always been my goal to have the very best coaches here at FIU. Mario continues to shine as one of the brightest young coaches in the nation. Our football team continues to gain momentum on the national scene as a result of Coach Cristobal’s tireless work ethic and passion for this athletic department and university.

“With the support of our chairman of the board, board of trustees, president and the entire university, we will continue to build the athletic department and all of FIU to the highest levels attainable in higher education.”

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6 Responses to “Mario Cristobal, FIU issue statements on near-dash for Rutgers”
  1. thegamecocker says: Jan 31, 2012 7:56 PM

    Mario – azienda may. Tu say provionos sfa-cheem. And he is!

  2. showerswithsandusky says: Jan 31, 2012 9:54 PM

    Mario Cristobal > Joe Paterno

  3. thefiesty1 says: Jan 31, 2012 10:09 PM

    CYA til the next opening.

  4. thegamecocker says: Jan 31, 2012 10:34 PM

    Mario is a lil Bitz boy that’s all. He’s afraid to take a step up. Rather stay at a place where expectations are low and take marginal student/athletes. Not a bad life but status quo will only go so far. RU handled FIU. And they will continue to handle FIU in a tune-up game. Anyway, RU is happier with Kyle Flood as he has retained all of Coach Schiano’s recruits. Cristobal would not have been able to do that. Another reason he decided not to come on up to the State of Rutgers.

  5. scarletlonghorn says: Feb 1, 2012 1:35 AM

    Pump the breaks gamecocker. As a HUGE Rutgers fan, I must say that RU nowhere near ‘handled’ FIU. FIU was in that game until the end and should have won the game to be honest. We escaped with a win.

  6. thegamecocker says: Feb 1, 2012 9:04 AM


    RU won the game. If the game were “horse shoes”, than you’d be correct. But it :60 minutes of rock ’em, sock ’em football and RU won the game. And if memory serves me, wasn’t that game played at FIU? Look, you and I are RU fans so we can agree to disagree if you prefer. But it’s now Weds morn and Darius Hamilton from Don Bosco Prep, a 5-star, has now committed to the Scarlet Knights. I’m not convinced that would have happened with Mario. This is the finest recruiting class in the history of RU and Kyle Flood had a significant impact on this.

    Mario did the same thing to U of Pittsburgh last year. The guy gives the impression he is not willing to step up to the next level. He isn’t worthy of any future consideration for a big time opportunity. Of course there is Florida Atlantic….
    Go KNIGHTS!!!

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