Miami gives Mario Cristobal deadline to accept offer to become next football coach

Mario Cristobal’s name has actually been connected to the University of Miami for many years, and now the Miami native lastly might be getting home.

Cristobal and the Hurricanes have actually remained in severe talks that would make him head football coach, the Palm Beach Post verified Sunday. And now Miami is searching for a response and has actually offered Cristobal a due date of midday Monday to accept the position, according to Ross Dellenger of SINow.

If not, and Cristobal chooses to sign an extension with Oregon, the Hurricanes will maintain Manny Diaz, as has actually been reported by the Palm Beach Post and others throughout the training search.

Cristobal is thinking about an agreement that would pay the 51-year-old about $8 million a year, according to reports.

If he accepts Miami’s deal, Cristobal would leave Oregon, where he was 35-13 in simply more than 4 years and won 2 Pac-12 titles and Diaz would be out after 3 seasons.

Mario Cristobal is 35-13 as Oregon head coach.

Mario Cristobal is 35-13 as Oregon head coach.

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Diaz, however, had actually not been fired since Sunday early afternoon and was out recruiting. He then canceled a recruiting journey later on in the day.

Along with Cristobal, Miami remains in a comparable position with Clemson’s Dan Radakovich, who has actually been provided an agreement to end up being the Hurricanes’ athletic director. Miami is wishing for responses quickly and preferably wish to seal both offers by Monday.

Cristobal, who was born in Miami, bet the Hurricanes from 1989-92. He began his training profession at Miami as a graduate assistant after a four-year profession as an offending lineman, and returned 4 years later on as an assistant.

The relocation would mark a seismic shift in the athletic department and football program.

Radakovich would take control of as athletic director after holding the very same position at Clemson for the last 9 years. His income would begin at a base of $1.5 million with rewards that might enhance it to $3 million, which would make him the greatest paid advertisement in the nation.

Cristobal, who began his head training profession at Florida International in 2007, has actually been a target because having success at Oregon, where he took control of in 2018 for Willie Taggart. The Ducks are 35-13 under Cristobal, and have 2 Pac-12 champions (2019, 2020). Although he never ever reached the College Football Playoff, Cristobal led Oregon to 4 bowls in his 4 complete seasons, consisting of 2 Brand-new Year’s 6 looks.

Oregon’s 2021 regular season ended in disappointment, though. After reaching No. 3 in the CFP rankings, the Ducks lost twice in three weeks to Utah by a combined score of 76-17, including Friday’s 38-10 drubbing in the conference title game.

Cristobal’s overall record is 62-60, including 27-47 in six years at FIU.

Cristobal is known as a relentless recruiter who helped Oregon become the premier program on the West Coast. Oregon has the top ranked recruiting class in the Pac-12 in each of the last three years.

Diaz also was born and raised in Miami but his arrival was much different. He was hired by former athletic director Blake James on Dec. 30, 2018, just hours after Mark Richt resigned without ever have been a head coach, other than a little more than two weeks at Temple. James paid $4 million for Diaz to be released from a contract he signed about two weeks earlier.

That move proved to be the undoing of James, who was fired Nov. 16, two days after Miami’s loss to rival Florida State in Tallahassee.

Diaz, 45, was 21-15, including a 7-5 record this season after starting 2-4. But like those before him for most of the last two decades, he has yet to get the Hurricanes to compete with the elite teams nationally or even in position to win a conference championship. Still, Miami is 16-9 in the ACC during Diaz’s three seasons, the second best record behind Clemson.

The one game Diaz has never ever been able to shake was an embarrassing 30-24 loss to FIU in his first season. The game was played at Marlins Park, which is on the footprint of the old Orange Bowl, the site of the Hurricanes’ glory days. Miami entered as a three-touchdown favorite.

Diaz called it a “very, very dark night, one of the lowest points ever in this proud program’s history.”

Since Radakovich arrived at Clemson, the program has won 2 national championships (2016, 2018) and appeared in the College Football Playoff 6 consecutive years. The Tigers’ run of six consecutive ACC titles was snapped this season.

Clemson will finish 2021 with its worst record in a decade. Yet, with a win in the bowl, the Tigers will be 10-3, which equals Miami’s finest record in 18 years.

This short article initially appeared on Palm Beach Post: Miami, Mario Cristobal in severe talk with make him football coach

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.