Mario Cristobal

Updated: Mario Cristobal joining Al Golden’s staff at Miami


One of the coaches who our humble opinion did not deserve to lose his job this season, at least based on the reason that was given, was FIU’s Mario Cristobal. The university pulled a shocker in early December by releasing Cristobal after six seasons, and one year after he was connected to the head coaching positions at Pitt and Rutgers.

But it turns out that Cristobal may not be unemployed for long. and CBSSports’ Bruce Feldman report Thursday morning that Cristobal will join Al Golden‘s coaching staff at Miami. He will reportedly be tabbed associate head coach and tight ends coach.

If true, it would be a great hire for Golden. Cristobal is a Miami guy through and through being from the city and playing at “The U.”

One would also think it would be a temporary gig of sorts. His 27-47 record with FIU alone doesn’t nearly provide the context of what Cristobal did for that program. He’ll get another chance at being a head coach sooner or later. Cristobal already reportedly interviewed for the Temple head coaching job after his release from FIU.

Updated 2:39 p.m. ET: Miami has confirmed that Cristobal will be the Canes’ tight ends and associate head coach with former tight ends coach Brennan Carroll taking over wide receivers.

Expect Oregon’s quarterback rotation to continue for the next two weeks

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Oregon touched the ball 15 times in its 41-24 win over Colorado on Saturday night. Jeff Lockie played seven of them, including the first. Taylor Alie played eight.

As long as Vernon Adams nurses his broken finger, this appears to be the plan for the Ducks.

“They’d both done enough good things in practice last week to merit playing,” head coach Mark Helfrich told the Oregonian. “We just felt looking at the game plan we could parcel out aspects with each.”

“Of course you want to get into a better rhythm but that’s how it goes,” Lockie said. “We’re just going to play the best we can and as long as we’re winning games, there’s no problem with me.”

Lockie completed 8-of-11 throws for 54 yards with an interception while rushing five times for 18 yards. Alie connected on 4-of-9 throws for 83 yards and a touchdown while adding 22 yards on five carries. Not quite Marcus Mariota numbers from either signal caller.

“It’ll just depend on the game plan,” Helfrich said of Alie and Lockie. “I think those guys they have differences. There are some strengths and weaknesses to different areas of their game and so we’ll think about that going forward of just how the Washington State game plan comes out.”

With Oregon playing Washington and Washington State (combined Pac-12 wins thus far: zero) before a tough closing stretch, Helfrich and company have time to alternate signal callers.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.