Update> The Ducks have announced the hire; and yeah, the video is exactly what you would expect.
— Oregon Football (@oregonfootball) December 8, 2017
Mario Cristobal will be named Oregon’s full-time head coach, according to a report from Aaron Fentress of NBC Sports Northwest. Yahoo and USA Today have since confirmed the report.
— Aaron J. Fentress (@AaronJFentress) December 8, 2017
The move comes after Willie Taggart left after just one season to become the head coach at Florida State. Cristobal was named Oregon’s interim head coach after Taggart’s departure.
His ascension would fit within the Ducks’ program culture, one that values continuity far more than most in major college football. Mark Helfrich’s 2016 dismissal was the program’s first head coach firing in four decades, and the Ducks carried a number of assistants in their same positions for 20-plus years.
Cristobal is regarded as an extremely effective recruiter and won over the support of the locker room. A petition to name him the full-time head coach garnered more than 70 signatures by current Ducks players.
Cristobal used his Twitter account to pitch his vision for the program.
United. Focused. Seize the Moment. pic.twitter.com/UoZeYdJTnw
— Mario Cristobal (@coach_cristobal) December 8, 2017
NO SLEEP. NO REST. UNBREAKABLE… pic.twitter.com/NBJC8K7ngQ
— Mario Cristobal (@coach_cristobal) December 7, 2017
Here’s the header to Cristobal’s Twitter page:
Cristobal served as Florida International’s head coach from 2007-12, taking the Panthers to bowl games in 2010 and ’11. He spent the next four seasons as Alabama’s offensive line coach before joining Taggart’s staff last winter as co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.
Oregon went 7-5 this season — the Ducks were down to their third-string quarterback for much of this season — and will meet No. 24 Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl next Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC).
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