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Al Golden upholding the legacy: Mario Cristobal hiring is a hit with JJ, former Miami Hurricanes

UM Hurricanes football coach Al Golden always reminds his players to "uphold the legacy.''

Al is doing a pretty good job of it himself.

Bringing in Mario Cristobal as an assistant coach and associate head coach makes him the third former Hurricanes player to serve as one of the main assistants.

The others, of course, are linebackers coach Micheal Barrow and offensive line coach Art Kehoe.

Former UM players are thrilled. I spoke to a couple of them who were coached by Mario when he was a graduate assistant. Both were on the offensive line and started on the 2001 national championship team -- right tackle Joaquin Gonzalez and right guard Martin Bibla.

"I think Mario is a great hire because of his personality and attitude,'' Gonzalez told me. "He’s a winner. I was shocked when FIU let him go. It will be hard to find anybody that is filled with more passion to win. He’s ready to rock ‘n roll… that’s why he’s so good at recruiting.

 "If Mario has to drive 18 straight hours to talk to a recruit, you bet your ass he’ll do it. He won’t wait for the plane. His intensity to work and be a winner is second to none. 

 "When he was a graduate assistant, Mario would be breaking down film from two years prior, and he’d stay up until 2 or 3 in the morning doing it. He really wanted to win. You Have to admire a guy who’s willing to work that hard. If you’re a lazy person, he’s not for you.

"I was never the biggest, the strongest or the fastest,'' concluded Gonzalez, "but I really worked my ass off to get where I got to at UM, in the pros, my whole career, and Mario did it the exact same way.''

Also happy to hear the news: former guard Bibla.

    “That’s outstanding,’’ said Bibla, now a state trooper in Pennsylvania. “He’s a phenomenal guy. I’d go to bat for him no matter what. Art Kehoe was my coach, but if I couldn’t get a hold of Art I had total confidence in Mario. He’s a wealth of knowledge.’’

    Bibla said Cristobal goes out of his way to help players progress.

    “He’ll bend over backwards to help players better themselves,’’ Bibla said. “He puts a different spin on things. It seems like he’s up on coaching techniques and whatever you’re doing that’s relevant to the game.

    “He evolves with the game.

    “If I was 17 again and trying to find a college to play ball at, I’d look at him as a good father figure. And if I was the father, I’d trust him to cultivate my son into not only a good football player but an outstanding person.’’

     Former UM coach Jimmy Johnson, who had Mario for one year, told me he first met Cristobal in his Miami home when he was recruiting his older brother Luis – a guard at UM. “Not only will he help the coaching and enthusiasm,’’ Johnson said of Cristobal, “he’ll be an outstanding recruiter as well.

    “He’ll do a great job. I’m really happy [coach] Al [Golden] got him.’’

  SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN  

 

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One thing we know for sure…Chris Rainey’s girlfriend is not a Louisville Cardinal or she would have been chasing him down and slapping HIM around.

This is amazing. So great for the program.
Al's the man. All the doubters zip it!!!!

Great hire.
AG clearly has a plan in place. Tight Ends have been a major problem.

Message for Chris Rainey: men dont strike women you pu55y gator

WE HAVE THE PLAYERS WE HAVE THE COACHES WE HAVE TALENT NOW IT'S TIME TO PUT IT TOGETHER AND DOMINATE. I AGREE GO GET MARK DUPER AS RECEIVERS COACH IF ONLY FOR THE SPRING. LOOK AT HOW HE HELPED HANKERSON DEVELOP INTO NOT JUST A GOOD PLAYER HERE BUT HE IS DOING A GOOD JOB IN THE NFL. BRING RAY LEWIS IN AS A SPECIAL ASSISTANT IF ONLY FOR FALL CAMP AND WATCH HOW HE WILL HAVE THESE GUYS ON DEFENSE PLAYING WITH FIRE AND PASSION !!! GOOD JOB COACH GOLDEN NOW GO GET THAT ACC CHAMPIONSHIP IT BELONGS IN SOUTH BEACH AND IT'S TIME TO GET BACK RESPECT FOR CANE FOOTBALL. EITHER GIVE US RESPECT OR WE WILL EARN IT! IF THAT DOESN'T GET IT WE WILL TAKE IT!!!. GO CANES ACC CHAMPS 2013.

Wow what huge hire! This is BIG

Progress, finally!!! Somebody at the Hecht Center is listening to me. Now, go and reget RS. Go and reget JJ. Go and reget Soldinger. Go and let Kehoe move into an assistant head coach job.

Go and get rid of DunnoToday, DunnoTomorrow, JustDunno.

Great hire Coach Golden! Welcome back Coach Cristobal, because UM is where your heart is. Welcome home!

And great win by the Canes at North Carolina! Love the way they cranked the intensity level when it counted in the second half.

A great day for Hurricanes athletics! Go Canes!

Canes Fans!!!! WE HAVE NEW JERSEYS FOR 2013

http://miami.247sports.com/Board/92/I-love-these-15578208/1

Canes Fans!!!! WE HAVE NEW JERSEYS FOR 2013

http://miami.247sports.com/Board/92/I-love-these-15578208/1

BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kareem Brown being reported new Graduate Assistant.

BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kareem Brown being reported new Graduate Assistant.

This is big for the defensive line maybe Al Golden knew something has to be done quick with the talent we have and no progress from the line. Kareem had 12 sacks his senior season.

http://www.hurricanesports.com/fls/28700/old_site/pdf/m-footbl/06-final-stats.pdf?DB_OEM_ID=28700

BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Kareem Brown being reported new Graduate Assistant.
This is big for the defensive line maybe Al Golden knew something has to be done quick with the talent we have and no progress from the line. Kareem had 12 sacks his senior season.


http://www.hurricanesports.com/fls/28700/old_site/pdf/m-footbl/06-final-stats.pdf?DB_OEM_ID=28700


Canes Fans!!!! WE HAVE NEW JERSEYS FOR 2013

http://miami.247sports.com/Board/92/I-love-these-15578208/1

Awesome news....welcome home.

Sources: Browns hire Rob Chudzinski

Canes greatness continues to lead the way! NFL "U"

That is 3 Cane HC's in the NFL

Schiano, Pagano and Chud. many assistants as well

That is why I like golden. Get Soldy and some more defensive coaches. Great to be a Miami hurricane.

Sensational coup for the U!
Conrgrats Mario, congrats Al.
That much more passion and expertise onthe staff.
Amazing what' s being done at the U.

I know this is a footrball blog butthe cane round ball team is 2-0 in the acc. NOt a small thing

All about this m--f--ing U

And Chris Rainey is still a beeoo--tch

Welcome back Mario. I'll bet old sneaky Pete is crying in his toilet bowl now, this looks like it could end his tenure at FIU. Mario will bring in a lot more miami dade recruits, he is an excellent recruiter. Great hire and the timing is also great. Go Canes.

As aquabug so aptly put it, all AG doubters should kindly zip it!
One of the best off season/administrative moves by the CANES in years.
Look out FBS world...we got some CANES over here...

As usual COOL CAT comes in with his lame RS junk! Lazy and untalented as a head coach is RS! Hey COOL CAT if RS is so valuable why is he just a position coach since leaving UM! Are you a relative or agent of his or is this a BRO thing?

All I need to hear is he's a grat and relentless recruiter! Good Coach too. Go close on Bostwick, Bryant, Thomas, Kirkland, Grace, Al Collins and Coley. Oh yea Quinton Powell would be a super great pickup as well. Welcome back Mario now go prove your worth! Wha are you waiting on! Go get these guys!

Amazing how starved for some good news you poor children are!
The Hire of Cristobal is touted as such a great coup and will directly lead to an ACC ship, to bringing in all the recruits that are on the fence and the return of cane football to long lost glory.
Are you serious? A TE coach that was let go by a small, irrelevant program?
The delusion in the Gables has no bounds.
Sad that you are so starved for something good to happen to you that you have to make up all these things.
If this is so then Cool Cat is right by calling for the hire of Shannon. He would be a better DC than what you have. Maybe Mario can coach the DL as well to help the incompetent fool you have.
Sad, very sad.

in a way its bitter sweet for me, cristobal is a great hire but he does not belong as a tight ends coach, this man should be a coordinator at the least, hopefully he only sticks around for a year or two before he gets a head coaching job elsewhere, best of luck to you mario.

Reality you need to worry about your
Gators they have REAL problems... try to solve their misery instead of hanging out here..

You are under the spell of the 'U', and you enjoy it.

Go 'Canes

gary- cool cat's dumb a55 bumbling is a bro thing. Clearly. Calvin as well. At least Calvin was open about it when he said "the west having a caucasian coach was an issue".

There is no place for this kind of race bating in football. There is no place for that junk in our community. So Fl, despite some of its ugly race history is a very integrated and multi-racial community. THAT, my cane bros and sisters, separates the U from say Columbus, Lincoln Nebraska,Oregon, Gainesville and South Bend. We are unique, in that the U is the county's team. Not just for alumni (a common rag by haters), but this is OUR U. And Bros and white boys, hispanics (mario cristobal, joaquin Gonzales), and many others have the same right to play or coach in this sport if they are good enough. If a coach is black, white, chinese, lebanese or iranian, and he is good, hire him. If he s--kcs then he s--kcs. The latter is the reality with Randy Shannon. he plain s--cks as a HC. But some bros see it as racism when he got canned.

reality bytes: The reality is that reality is biting you in the a55 right now. As a turd fan (which I am sure you are)reality is UF is a sinking ship. A melting iceberg. A dissolving turd in a giant toilet bowl in the middle of Alachua county

you have to be pretty weak to get fired from FIU....nobody gets fired from there, lol.....Mario Christobal cant coach...just because you played for UM doesn't automatically turn you into a head coach...

no de-commit will reconsider because if this hire...bloggers are in dream land...the problem is dnofrio...there is where the fix is needed...

does anyone think that barrow did a good job with LB's...they were confused the whole season..I don't, in all fairness to the brand he should be gone also...the whole idea behind 3-4 is tranfereing responsibility to the LB to make plays and confuse the offense...that never happed all year....so he got to go also

Kids dont want to come to the program - because of the fans - they cry too much if your with the program stop crying and work with the program- man up act like a real cane fan -if not find a new team

Kids dont want to come to the program - because of the fans - they cry too much if your with the program stop crying and work with the program- man up act like a real cane fan -if not find a new team

Gallo....one of our LBS was a Freshman All American....you jackkarse....

so?....do you want the stats on the performance of the LB's?....how do you think defensive ran up almost 6000 yards?...it wasn't getting burned deep....we played 3-4 most of the year...that's ALL LB responsibility

GAllo st-fu your stats mean nothing.

Awesome home run hire by the U!!!

Real cane fans dont cry - we just go ham

Sure my delusional friends, awesome hire. A cure all for all that ails this decaying program.
Marion will bring in the ships, the recruits and the swag back to the Gables.
He will also be de facto DC so Goldie won't have to fire his pal.
Winter in Miami is such a great time of the year. When's that all important Spring Game again?

I don't think mario is going to have some kind of tremendous impact on recruiting like alot of yall are talking about. Those defensive recruits don't know mario like that, but he will have a great affect on the current players on the roster, the tight-ends will improve, asante, just needs to drop weight so he can get back to being a route running tight-end as well.

mario will get on the o-line guys as well, kehoe will always give me the green light and like kehoe, barrow and hurley brown, mario will have an affect on goldie and his crew as well, the mac way is not going to cut it.

Alot of people on here are fooling themselves if they think bama or any other team is that much better than us. Who cares if they beat the brakes off notre shame, when we played shame, we just got out coached, not out talented except on the d-line, all notre shame did was put up the same amount points the caviliers did when we played em and that's 41 points. In fact, k st. would be notre shame, so what bama did meant nothing to me, that db the had on eifert would've gotten torched if he was on dorsett.

The fact that we don't throw or know how to throw the intermediate routes better is what hurt us against shame the most and Virginia-tech too. Better coaching is our only problem, we'll see how we stack up now.

Mario was in the backyard of Dade county (Westchester)for 6 years with Columbus high school right down the street and he couldn't get anyone from Dade including from his own HS.....so tell me why this is a good hire and how does it make sense?

how does a guy go from HC to TE coach taking direction from dnofrio and jedd? what will his authority be in name only to help recruit..that's it?

this is a bad decision on his part and his agent should have better advise him.....his stock will drop now....the better choices were another HC position or assistant in nfl....this will hurt him

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