Mario Cristobal to named Oregon's new football coach


Players were rallying for Cristobal to get the job and they got their wish.

Willie Taggart's contract as Florida State's new head football coach will pay him $30 million over six years.

After serving as a Miami from 1998-2000, Cristobal moved on to Rutgers under Greg Schiano coaching offensive line and tight ends from 2001-2003, before returning to Miami to coach tight ends and offensive line from 2004-2006.

On Thursday night, senior offensive tackle Tyrell Crosby wrote on Twitter that a petition was circulating advocating for Cristobal's hiring.

Cristobal served as head coach at Florida International from 2007-2012, compiling a 27-47 record at the school that began playing at the FBS level in 2002.

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A video posted from the team meeting shows Cristobal raising his arms in victory to cheers from the team.

"We have an outstanding group of assistant coaches and we're fortunate enough to have a couple who've had head coaching experience", Mullens told reporters in a news conference Tuesday. Losing Taggart, the Florida native, after less than a year meant another coaching search, but this time the Ducks stayed in-house. Florida State is 6-6 this season and will face Southern Mississippi in the December 27 Independence Bowl.

"The best thing I can communicate is my heart and soul is in this one", Cristobal said.

The Ducks needed to act quickly to replace Taggart and salvage members of its recruiting class, with the early letter-of-intent signing period set to begin on December 20, and with numerous committed players scheduled to visit UO this weekend.