Mario Cristobal is returning to where it all began for him in college.
Cristobal, who has long been discussed as a potential head coach at UM should Al Golden ever leave, was fired last month as head football coach of FIU, and will be the University of Miami’s new tight ends coach, according to a source close to the situation.
Cristobal played at UM from 1988 through 1992, and won two national titles there. He coached at UM as a graduate assistant from 1998 through 2000, then as an assistant from 2004 through 2006.
Brennan Carroll, who has been the tight ends coach at UM, will shift to wide receivers coach.
Cristobal, who led FIU to its only two bowl games, was dismissed from FIU on Dec. 5 after coaching there for six seasons. He finished 3-9 with the Panthers in 2012 and 27-47 overall.
Cristobal is replacing former UM wide receivers coach George McDonald, who left UM for the same position at Arkansas.
Cristobal grew up in Miami and was an offensive lineman for the Hurricanes.
He is a good recruiter and knows the area as well as anyone.
His whole family is here, and this is the place he really wanted to stay. How do you all feel about him coming back to UM?
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN