Oregon promotes Cristobal to head coach

first_imgOregon assistant Mario Cristobal was officially promoted to head coach a year to the day after Willie Taggart was introduced.Taggart bolted Tuesday for the top job at Florida State, and Cristobal — the co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach — was named interim coach for the Las Vegas Bowl. But after a groundswell of support from the players, that interim label was removed on Friday.The 47-year-old Cristobal becomes Oregon’s 34th head coach.“I know this, and I think everyone that knows me will also know this: You’ll receive every ounce of effort, sweat — whatever it takes to ensure our student-athletes have the finest experience, from an academic standpoint, from a football standpoint,” he said at an introductory press conference late Friday afternoon.Before coming to Eugene, Oregon, with Taggart, Cristobal had spent four seasons as offensive line coach at Alabama. He has six seasons of head coaching experience at Florida International, where he went 27-47, including 20-26 in conference, with two bowl appearances from 2007-12. He was also an assistant at Miami, his alma mater.Cristobal joined Taggart’s staff just 11 months ago.Rob Mullens, Oregon’s athletic director, said he interviewed several candidates for the job.“Something separated Mario from the group,” Mullens said. “His commitment to the full student-athlete experience, his fierce desire to compete, his passion for recruiting, his love for Eugene and this university.”Cristobal spoke to the team earlier in the day.“We’re just happy to finally have a coach and have a guy we all love,” Ducks safety Brady Breeze told reporters afterward. “I don’t think there’s a guy on the team that doesn’t like coach Cristobal, and just his knowledge of the game and the way he approaches all of us individually.”last_img