The Oregon Ducks are reportedly going to name co-offensive coordinator Mario Cristobal the new head coach according to NBC Sports. He was the favorite by players to be named the next head coach and it looks like the players will get what they want.
He will replace Willie Taggart who headed back to Florida to take over the FSU Seminoles and some people were pretty pissed about it, including recruits. However, Cristobal should inherit a good team and already has a player in quarterback Justin Herbert who is on Heisman watch for next season.
Cristobal should be able to hit the ground running since he is just getting a promotion from within and already has a rapport with the recruits he is going to end up seeing and trying to convince to head to Eugene. The new head coach got his start as a graduate assistant at Miami before heading to Rutgers for a few years. He ended up back at Miami as a tight ends and offensive line coach and was then the head coach at FIU from 2007 to 2012. He then joined the Alabama staff as the offensive line coach and was recognized as one of the best recruiters in the country.
He brought that with him to Oregon last season when he took over as co-offensive coordinator and now he’ll have all that experience as he becomes a head coach for the second time. However, being the head man at Oregon is going to be a little more pressure-packed than it was for him at FIU.