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Cristobal's return to Miami surprising, but a very good thing

Although no one at the University of Miami has announced it as official yet, Mario Cristobal has been hired as the program's new tight ends coach and associate head coach.

For Cristobal, who was fired as FIU coach last month, it's yet another Hurricane homecoming. This will be his fourth stint with the program. He won two national championships as an offensive lineman in 1989 and 1991; was a graduate assistant at Miami from 1998 through 2000; and returned as an assistant coach from 2004 through 2006.

Smart move for the Canes? Absolutely. With pending NCAA sanctions hanging over head and the possibility that coach Al Golden could always bolt if the right job opens up, Miami has hired someone who loves the program beyond belief and will not only step in as coach should Golden leave, but help the Canes battle through the rough times.

Cristobal's addition will instantly be a major help for Miami in recruiting, particularly in South Florida. He's always had strong ties to all of the region's top high school programs, and recruited all parts of talent-rich Florida extensively when he was at FIU.

Are some surprised he took this job? Yes. According to someone close to Cristobal, he was seriously considering taking an assistant NFL job with Greg Schiano and the Tampa Bay Bucs. While the UM job had been discussed for more than a week I've been told, some one close to him believed Cristobal was leaning toward the NFL.

Ultimately, Golden, who always had a good relationship with Cristobal, did enough to convince him to join the staff at Miami. Defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio, who coached with Cristobal at Rutgers (2001-02), also had to have played a role making Cristobal feel comfortable. D'Onofrio has the title of assistant head coach at Miami.

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What is the definition of an assistant head coach then? Cristobal is the Tight Ends coach and D'Onofrio the DC, but both are assistant head coaches? I'm not sure I understand that role exactly. It seems that simply being the Tight Ends coach would be quite a step back for Cristobal so what are his enhanced responsibilities with Golden as Assistant Head Coach? Anyone that can shed some light on this?

This is a progam changing move, great move Golden. Manny, do U think U can give us some recruiting updates or will it kill U to talk about the U??

Palm beach post gives more info than Miami herald

D'Onofrio is terrible. This is a hire to distract fans from that truth and help with recruiting because D'Onofrio will get doors slammed in his face.

GREAT MOVE GOLDEN!!! I love Cristobal!!! WELCOME BACK!!! Great move Golden, now if you can just GET RID OF "ONOFRIO" (no "d" cause there really is no "d")!!!

Love it. This is the guy who recruited Ty Hilton. Safe to say that if Golden ever decides to leave, Cristobal will be a front runner.

I just don't understand how everyone hates on D'onofrio. You can't win the Kentucky Derby on a Jackass. The talent level is not yet up to par. I like Chickilo, but have to think he's been grossly overrated.

Wtf would um hire Mario That was stupid....the defense is shambles and golden does this....he is pathetic.

Excellent move to defend out turf versus the Sabans, Strongs, Muchamps, and Kelly's.

Nostalgic..looks like you know little about the game!! better go to Calder!! DNO is the worst DC we have had ever!!! simply there is NO D!!!!

Think MC's title is associate head coach vs MD's assistant head coach. No idea what the difference is.

b-zo, recruiting updates from Manny? Are you a masochist? You'll hear a lot from him when the sanctions come down.

Gallo you never have anything positive to say, so why not shut the "f" up? We neede another coach for the receivers anyway so why not this move? He's a Cane,good recruiter,high profile ,and potential successor to AG , there is nothing negative about this so what's your problwm except that it scares you.

What happened to the last TE coach?

Great Hire !; aside from obvious recruiting benefits he joins Coach Kehoe with the Cane "throwback" attitude. This can do nothing but help both on and off the field and Kudos to AG for making this happen.

Can we get some recruting updates ????

Good job Golden. IF you can hire Micheal Irvin for the WR coach we will be in business. And besides I say go offer Don Soldinger a job. He will make Our backfield look like it was 15 yrs ago. Duke Johnson will look like Willis Mcghee and Elduardo Clements would look like James Jackson. Danny Dillard would be a small Najeh Davenport. Go Hire those two names we talked about. Hopefully Ray Lewis will help Mark.D out in coaching the Defense.

GALLO: You're an idiot.

If you're supposed to be a UM fan, PLEASE do us all a favor and follow another school.

Moron...whacked........sick.....whiny...little girl.

This is a great move. A coach that loves this U. My opinion- Golden also loves this U. Cristobal is a step up.

There are rumors Ray is coming in to help barrow with the linebackers. Can't wait. Oh its on at the uuuuuuuuu- kknooow

that hire makes no sense at all. he is really not head coach material at 24-47 and Pete Garcia knew it, so he was let go. with all the competition fro top 10 bcs teams in Florida I don't see Mario making any difference in recruiting. that money should be spent with a new DC...maybe this is a way to move dnofrio out and save face with golden and his ex-roommate...who knows. but then again why MC at the DC position....UM should be looking and spending for a a top DC from nfl or top 20 bcs team.

another quick, baseless hire out of desperation because of UM getting crushed in the recruiting area...

This is a good hire, I like it. Welcome back to the U!

@ Jim Gallo.... I totally agree with you that Golden needs to find a top notch defensive coordinator but why do U feel Cristobal isnt a great hire to coach the tight ends? Seriously, can U elaborate because im curious to know. I feel its a great hire because although Golden is a good recruiter, Cristobal knows south florida and has good relationships with a lot of the coaches so having him on board will strengthen recruiting even moreso. He played tight end for the U and has been apart of several championship teams so he helped set the standard and should be an authority on what it will take to get back there. Im excited about this hire so i ask U to elaborate on why U think it isnt great. But i totally agree with U regarding the defensive coordinator need.....

Manny how typical of you to stick in the comment of Golden bolting for another job. We know he has more class that Saban,

Mario did not do a good job of recruiting dade/broward at all....who did he recruit? who he did get were all 2 rated....the 2011/2012 classes were supposed to be the better of them all and FIU goes 8-5 (2011) then 3-9 (2012)....like Garcia said....FIU went backwards

I still don't see why this hire makes any sense other than the initial boost his name gives bloggers because he was from the best UM teams...

so golden is the head coach with BOTH Mario and dnofrio as assistant HC? I don't get this...all UM's problems were on the defensive side of the ball....everyone is always complaining about Um being cheap with no money...then we go and waste $ on a position coach where there is no real problem?.....its stupid


Mario never even played TE..he was an offensive lineman

bizarre hire

Did we lose a recruit, DE Figueora, prep school?

Good hire....

Gallo the sky is falling you want reaction and people to engage you in your little game..Ignore Gallo

I am calling you out.....do NOT respond to Gallo..he will be lost.....
Ignore Gallo...

Mario is a guy who fought for the 'U'. He was there and felt the ecstasy of winning, and to have JJ endorse the move, makes me feel great because no one loves the 'U' like JJ.

The other thing is that Coach G has his hands full with all that entails the running of a good team.
He is in a Managerial decision making role, and has set up (if one notices,) a network of really good competent Coaches to do their jobs and tasks reporting to him..

Mario C. is the kind of guy that is all in.. and with the possibility of sanctions in a few weeks, we are positioned to ride it out with good Coaches in place.

I knew Coach G was good, but he is a very strategic Manager, and is in for the long hall to build a team that will play Alabama, and beat Saban at his game. In order to do that we have to have the right people in the right spots...and the team reflect the Coaches.

Good recruiting Class coming up, and 2013 is going to be big for the 'U'. The 'Canes will be not only on the scene, they will be taking the next steps back..
The 'U' will be the 'U'.

Gallo i know you,your a nice easy going guy who went to the U while Ken Dorsey was QB, why all the venom it just does not fit your character.

what are you talking about I graduated in 1979.... we need to fire dnofrio long ago..hes still here...this hire makes no sense....who and why would you promote someone that was 27-47 as a head coach....he really did not do a good job at FIU...sorry.....those are the facts....really? the sun belt conference?

how much weaker can UM get?

Gallo in the running early for dumb comment of the week.
The defense is in "shambles" so it is pathetic to hire a tight ends coach. Really?

Gallo, try real hard to compare and contrast'

Assistant
Associate

Admittedly, they start out the same but after the first 3 letters they are quite different.

Gallo you used to live in south beach, then moved to connecticut or however its spelled

Jim Gallo trip by lockout sound familiar

RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES THIS PROGRAM IS CHANGING FOR THE BETTER. I KNOW 7-5 IS NOT CANE STANDARDS BUT COACH GOLDEN GETS IT!! HE KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT HE IS DOING!! HE PLAYED ALL THOSE FRESHMEN LAST YEAR WHO FOUGHT HARD EVERY GAME AND OTHER THAN THE VIRGINIA GAME AND NC GAME THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN A NINE WIN TEAM. FSU,ND,AND K-STATE WERE TOO EXPERIENCED FOR US. THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW!! THE CANES ARE LOADED QB,WR,OL,TE,AND OF COURSE BEST RB IN THE ACC IF NOT THE COUNTRY. EVERYONE THINKS THIS DEFENSE WILL NOT IMPROVE FROM LAST YEAR!! BULL...T! PLAYERS DEVELOP FROM YEAR 1 TO YEAR 3 WITH SIZE AND STRENGTH. JUST LOOK AT AND IMAGINE AN IMPROVED BUSH,PERRYMAN,JOHNSON, PIERRE,HOWARD,JENKINS,MCCORD,ETC. THE COUNTRY BETTER HOPE I'M WRONG BECAUSE THESE GUYS HAVE TAKEN THERE LUMPS AND NOW IF THEY COME TOGETHER WITH AN ATTITUDE OF BELIEVING THEY CAN DOMINATE THEY WILL IMPROVE. THIS WHY I SEE THE CANES AS 2013 ACC CHAMPS!! CLEMSON WILL BE GOOD SO WILL FSU,VT,AND NC BUT THERE TALENT IS NO BETTER THAN OURS AND WE ARE YOUNGER!! YOUNGER TEAMS ARE HUNGRIER AND ONLY NEED TO GET OFF TO GOOD STARTS AND AS THE SEASON GETS TO THE END THAT WHEN IMPROVEMENT KICKS IN. BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT SEASON THE CANES WILL BE STARTING TO BECOME A MORE EXPERIENCE UNIT AND WATCH YOU WILL SEE MORE DOMINATION. I'VE SAID IT BEFORE AND I WILL SAY IT AGAIN THE 2013 ACC CHAMPS MIAMI HURRICANES!!!

that's why he got fire by Garcia....please tell me who Mario recruited that was in the top 100 Florida recruits? everyone says he's a great recruited but none can name any players?. the kids today were not even born when he played at UM....it will not make a bit of difference...maybe in the sun belt conference but not to the bcs....

its a totally f...ked up hire. he didn't do the job at FIU that's why Garcia fired him..so basically golden is tired of recruiting...he is lazy already...that's what this is all about

Jim Gallo my dear friend mario cristabal took over an fiu program that don struck put in black hole 0-10 before he got there also scholarship reductions,academic probation,yet with all working against him yet in his third year he took them to a bowl game and won he put the program on the football map, i will admit this was a down year due to injuries but overall did a hell of a job down here. recruiting how about ty hilton of the colts, he outperformed any um rookie this by far.

THE CANES BASKETBALL TEAM JUST BEAT NORTH CAROLINA.... CANES 11-3 MAYBE A RANKING IS DUE... JIM LARRANAGA HELL OF A HIRE.

basketball team is doing a great job......see this is the difference between both programs RESULTS.....

Mario isn't going to change a thing....he went 27-47 in the sun belt conference, the weakest in the ncaa....I just don't see what UM gets out of this hire....remember these kids have no idea who Mario is...they were not born yet...if the UM brand cant convince them he aint gonna either

Jim Gallo it is well known that mario cristobal is a hell of a coach, a great recruiter,also a awesome motivator by the way who do you think would be a better hire name some coaches please?

well Willie Martinez, Ron English, bill young, bob diaco for starters but what you have to do is fire golden and hire away top DC like Kirby smart or go to nfl DC that are available and offer them the HC job...

keith butler - pittsburg
todd bowls
rob ryan is avalible now

Gallo it is better to be thought a fool....

Great hire Coach G, another former great back in the fold, and he will do a great job recruiting. Too bad for old sneaky Pete over at FIU, now he's stuck with a looser and hopefully it will cost him, but it's also bad for FIU, back to the old days, losing. Welcome back Mario, it's great to be. Miami Hurricane.

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?

Here goes manny trying to stir up garbage about golden leaving. The guy has said he is where he wants to be. But that cane hatin' manny can't let it be. Great hire, always good to see the past champs helping develope the future players. GO CANES

My son played for Mario at FIU an to say he helps
players to be better depends on who that player is and to say he's a builder of men and a father figure could'nt be further from the truth. It makes me want to vomit that anyone thinks he's a good coach or even a good person. He should be no where near student /athletes..

Jim Gallo i would take golden and mario over all those coaches you mentioned any day all day.

canesfan that's because you are an idiot.....in this business you have to perform...end of story, Mario was not cutting it in the end, if he was he would still be at FIU...

I still don't see him under dnofrio authority wise....that isn't going to work....if he is a hedge against golden leaving that is equally bad since he couldn't get FIU going, he will struggle at UM as HC....if he is a way to move dnofrio out..that wont work either since he is not a defensive guy

what is he doing here?

It's sad that UM has fallen to the point we are now a charity case for losing coaches that need a job..ex-cane or otherwise.

Mario was in some serious trouble with the administration at FIU...made a bunch of illegal recruiting moves and had a potential lawsuit which FIU didn't want to deal with...that's why he was fired! oh, and he was 27-47 as a head coach.

Mario also bad mouthed the U every chance he got while he was at FIU!

But the truth can be hard to hear sometimes...don't be fooled..this guy is not as good as you all think! He's a CLOWN!

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