The Miami Herald and several other media reported Friday that Miami was on the verge of lobbying for Cristobal, a former offensive lineman and Hurricanes assistant who grew up in the city. Oregon lost 38-10 to No. 17 Utah in the Pac-12 Championship game on Friday night, the Ducks’ second unbalanced loss, ranked 10th, to the Utes in the last three games. Utah won its first Pac-12 title and first place at the Rose Bowl.
“I haven’t spoken to anyone so let’s not create narratives while we’re sitting here in this press conference,” Cristobal said after the game. “Oregon is working on stuff for me, and that’s what I have right now, and that’s the extent of this conversation.
“If there is anything to report, I would. I always have. “
Miami has not made any announcements regarding coach Manny Diaz, who continues to work for the program and prepare for an upcoming bowl appearance. The school’s search for a sports director is underway, although Clemson’s Dan Radakovich appeared as a potential target on Friday.
Sources told ESPN that Radakovich was not offered the job but would likely have conversations this weekend with Miami, where he earned a business degree and made his debut in sports administration. in 1983. Other candidates are still involved in the search for a sporting director in Miami, sources say, and a decision will likely not come until Sunday or Monday.
The schedule could be stepped up for Cristobal, who is expected to start signing this weekend in Florida and other areas. After Oregon’s regular season final against Oregon State on Nov. 27, Cristobal flew to Miami to be with his ailing mother, Clara. Upon his return to Eugene, Mario Cristobal told reporters on Monday that his mother was “fighting”.
The Oregonian first reported and ESPN has confirmed that Oregon is set to offer an “aggressive” new contract for Cristobal, who is 35-13 with two Pac-12 titles in school. Last December, Cristobal was awarded a new six-year, $ 27.3 million contract, getting him through the 2025 season.
“Do I expect people to come [after] me? Yes I do, it happens every year, ”Cristobal said. “There is nothing else to report other than that. If there is, or when there ever is, if there ever is, I’ll make sure to bring it to [the media] as fast as I can. “
Cristobal, 51, won two national championships and took home All-Big East first-team honors as an offensive tackle. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant in Miami from 1998-2000, and then served as a full-time assistant from 2004-2006.
An academic source told ESPN that Cristobal’s decision was “a game of chance,” noting that Clara Cristobal’s health and her return home – and not financial reasons – would be the determining factors if Cristobal considered taking the job. post in Miami if offered.
The Oregon players said the pre-game information about Cristobal did not help the team’s performance against Utah, which also beat the Ducks 38-7 on Nov. 20 in Salt Lake.
“We have to block out the outside noise, we were 100 percent focused on this game,” said offensive lineman Alex Forsyth. “They were the best team. “
As in the teams’ first game, Utah took an early lead and led 23-0 at halftime, while edging Oregon 208-65 in total yards. Oregon couldn’t convert two Utah turnovers in any point and failed to reach the end zone for nearly 45 minutes.
“Honestly, it looked a bit similar,” said security Verone McKinley III. “We were confident, we felt prepared, we felt we had a good game plan, and then letting what happened happen again is a tough pill to swallow. “
Cristobal has said his next target will be the Oregon recruiting class, which ESPN ranks No.9 nationally. Oregon will learn its bowl destination on Sunday.
“Disappointed ourselves, the staff, as a team,” said Cristobal. “I found a way to win 10 games, despite a lot of injuries, we had some really brilliant times. We had one of the best victories in the country this year. [Sept. 11 against Ohio State], then suffered some disappointing losses.
“We gave ourselves the opportunity to win our third consecutive Pac-12 championship. We didn’t, but the other team deserved it. ”