Miami reportedly 'closing in' on hiring Power 5 head coach, former Alabama assistant
At this moment, Manny Diaz is Miami’s head football coach and UM has not hired an athletic director. Apparently, that could change soon as the Miami Herald is reporting that the Hurricanes are about to hire a new head coach and AD.
According to The Herald, UM is “closing in” on hiring Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal and Clemson AD Dan Radakovich. The Herald is attributing the hiring of Radakovich reporting to The Oregonian.
The Herald reports UM is optimistic about bringing Cristobal, a Miami alum, back to Coral Gables:
High-ranking Hurricanes officials are optimistic about UM’s chances of landing Cristobal in the coming days. An announcement is expected before Tuesday.
Cristobal, 51, got his start in coaching as a Miami grad assistant in 1998. He took the FIU head coaching job in 2007 and was fired in 2012 after going 27-47. After FIU, Cristobal briefly joined the Miami staff as associate head coach and tight ends coach. He quickly was hired away by Nick Saban to be Alabama’s assistant head coach, offensive line coach, and recruiting coordinator.
After 4 seasons at Alabama (2013-16), Cristobal went to Oregon as co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. When Oregon head coach Willie Taggart left the Ducks for the Florida State job, Cristobal was named the team’s new head coach. Cristobal’s record at Oregon is 35-12. The Ducks face Utah in Friday’s Pac-12 Championship Game. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET.
The Cristobal news comes just days after college football insider Matt Zenitz reported, “The current feel is that there’s a good chance Manny Diaz ends up keeping his job at Miami,” per sources.