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It’s official: Cristobal will coach Alabama’s O-line

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Following up on reports from two days ago, Alabama has officially named former FIU coach Mario Cristobal as the new offensive line coach for the Tide.

“We are very pleased to announce the addition of Mario Cristobal to our staff,” said Nick Saban in a statement. “He has an outstanding reputation as both a coach and a recruiter. He will be a great fit in our organization and I think our players will respond to his positive attitude and energy. This is a very important hire in terms of working with our offensive line and we feel fortunate that we were able to hire a coach of Mario’s caliber. We want to welcome Mario and his family to the University of Alabama and we are excited to have them here.”

Cristobal comes to Alabama from Miami, his alma mater, where he spent just over a month as the team’sĀ associate head coach and tight ends coach.

Prior to his extremely brief stint at Miami, Cristobal was the head coach at FIU for six seasons, where he compiled a 27-47 overall record that saw back-to-back winning seasons in 2010 and ’11.

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13 Responses to “It’s official: Cristobal will coach Alabama’s O-line”
  1. geetee52 says: Feb 20, 2013 2:00 PM

    I’m guessing he won’t be attending any more alumni reunions down in Coral Gables either.

    There’s nothing wrong with taking a job when you’re on the market and looking, but nothing about the way Cristobal wound up with Bama is cool. He just accepted the UM job for crying out loud, and there is no way to see it other than this winds up hurting the Hurricanes.

    Something smells badly on both ends of the Cristobal-Alabama connection.

  2. atxcane says: Feb 20, 2013 2:08 PM

    He was “agonizing over the decision”, but it should be noted ‘Bama offered 2x his Miami salary, with bonuses possibly pushing him to 3x his Miami salary.

    Still, shitty move considering his circumstances. There was no reason to take the Miami job (he is still being paid by FIU) if he wasn’t going to stay.

  3. palmbeachbuckeye says: Feb 20, 2013 2:14 PM

    Saban now gets a coach with strong recruiting ties to High Schools in South Florida…. and Al Golden is now ready to jump off a bridge with Randy Shannon now recruiting for Arkansas. Those 2 have more connections from their Miami years than Golden does now.

  4. wolftalkblog says: Feb 20, 2013 2:43 PM

    Three times the pay or not, you can’t buy integrity. Since he is still getting paid by FIU, this just looks and smells bad. I expected more from a man of his stature. This is what’s wrong with college football.

  5. slartibartfast4242 says: Feb 20, 2013 2:52 PM

    Seems like the butt hurt is strong with the Canes fans.

  6. palmbeachbuckeye says: Feb 20, 2013 3:20 PM

    This is the 3rd offensive coach Golden has lost since January…. I think they all knew what was coming from the NCAA.

  7. canehouse says: Feb 20, 2013 7:02 PM

    thanks for keeping track palmbeachbucknut…

    This could backfire on good ole Mario… As he will certainly have to address his swift departure to a lot of the recruits he faces up with… there are kids that are at Miami on Mario’s good word. I get the big jump in pay… But who’s to say Mario will not be jumping off of the giant Bama ship for maybe a HC job somewhere after next season. Once a Head Coach always a head coach right?

  8. jason1214 says: Feb 20, 2013 9:14 PM

    While accepting the Miami job, then moving on looks bad. Look at the situation. 1)Impending sanctions 2)Bama job being available. I’m guessing loyalty went out for Mario with FIU backstabbing him. RTR

  9. imaduffer says: Feb 20, 2013 9:52 PM

    27-47 overall record ? It’s all about recruiting.

  10. Deb says: Feb 20, 2013 10:39 PM

    Once upon a time, I would have said a lot of stuff about being loyal to your employer yada yada yada. But I was so much younger then. If the situations were reversed, no employer would be loyal to you.

    Yeah … it would have been better if Cristobal hadn’t already taken the Miami job. But in the volatile world of coaching, only a fool would turn down a Bama job offering nearly 3x the pay. Who cares if FIU is still paying him? An opportunity like this doesn’t happen every day. Most people would take the better-paying job whether it was Miami to Bama or Bama to Miami.

  11. rsmeans says: Feb 21, 2013 12:28 AM

    Saban is so completely organized in college football he makes very few mistakes. Mario was a great hire not only for recruiting but for the Offensive line.

    It was a win win situation for both Mario and Alabama. He gets much higher pay and he likely wins a couple of NC’s and eventually he moves on to a choice HC position. Saban unlike most coaches will not keep him from bettering himself in the future if the opportunity comes along Unlike most coaches Saban makes no promises to players or coaches but you can be assured that his word is as good as Gold despite what his idiot dis-tractors say.

  12. canesgiants says: Feb 21, 2013 9:46 AM

    so allegations have nothing todo with it==he knew about that when he signed on.

    i get it but dont like it.

  13. tony34343434 says: Feb 21, 2013 4:38 PM

    Hope he likes the Deer Antler Spray!

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