As a result of that interest, FIU confirmed in late December that it was aggressively pursuing a new deal for Cristobal. Six months later, it appears that aggressiveness will pay off — until the next coach-hiring cycle, of course.
According to the Miami Herald, FIU is “closing in on” a new contract for Cristobal that will involve both a raise and extension. Cristobal is currently signed through the 2016 season, and he made $497,000 in 2011.
How much of a bump and the length of the extension remains to be seen.
The 41-year-old Cristobal, who was just given a raise and extension in August of last year, has spent the past five seasons as the Panthers head coach, compiling a record of 24-38, although his teams are 15-11 in the past two seasons. He also led FIU to its first Sun Belt Conference title in 2010.
In addition to Rutgers and Pitt, Cristobal had also drawn the interest of Houston and Southern Miss. He was also one of the early betting favorites as a permanent replacement for Bobby Petrino at Arkansas.