Sources tell FootballScoop that Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal is “at the top of the list” for Miami and that discussions have taken place between representatives on each side.
Our source was unable to say whether Cristobal is alone at the top of the list or not but it is clear there is real interest from The U on this one, and that aligns with what local high school coaches think would be a good hire for Miami. 247 sports asked a number of local high school coaches who they felt Miami should hire and there was strong support for Cristobal.
This time, it sounds like Miami is on the right trail.
Formerly the head coach at FIU, Cristobal would bring local relationships back onto campus and is widely seen as someone who could resurrect that confidence that once shined brightly in south Florida.
As we wrote at the time of Al Golden’s departure:
“Its hard to imagine that Mario Cristobal doesn’t get a great look at it. Miami isn’t a learn as you go type of job. The U needs a leader. We suspect the next head coach will be a current or former head coach with significant ties to the area. The next head coach needs not only to recruit locally; but has to understand the local “politics.” The U doesn’t have unlimited financial resources; but if the next head coach can get things rolling, the kindle is ready to burn. Strike a match and bring the good times back to the U!”
Sources in the profession tell us coaches have been letting Cristobal know that if he gets the job, they want in on his staff.
As always, as more becomes clear, we’ll keep you posted on The Scoop.