Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal could become Oregon's new offensive coordinator and/or offensive line coach, according to a source.
It's unclear if Cristobal, if he accepts a position with Oregon, would handle both duties or just one after new Oregon coach Willie Taggart's coaching staff completely shakes out.
As of now, Taggart has hired three offensive assistants, Donte Pimpleton (running backs), Jimmie Daughtery (wide receivers) and David Reeves (tight ends), who has not yet been formally announced by Oregon.
It would appear unlikely that Cristobal would go from coaching offensive line at Alabama to taking the same position at Oregon. On Alabama's website, he is listed as the "Assistant head coach/tackles and tight end/recruiting coordinator."
It makes more sense that the former Florida International head coach would make the leave for Oregon if he were to become the Ducks' offensive coordinator.
According to a source, Cristobal's name has been floated around the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex as a likely coaching candidate at Oregon. Furthermore, FootballScoop.com reported last week that Cristobal is fielding offers from programs, including a potential job as offensive line coach at Florida under coach Jim McElwain, who was a top target of Oregon's after it fired Mark Helfrich on Nov. 29. The report also stated that Taggart has offered Cristobal a "senior position" with the Ducks that would include coaching offensive line.
It's possible Cristobal could become Oregon's offensive line coach with the added title of "assistant head coach." But someone must coordinate the offense and Taggart is running out of coaching positions.
Cristobal would be a fantastic addition to the coaching staff and certainly could help the Ducks recruit the fertile grounds that Alabama has feasted on under coach Nick Saban, going for his fifth national title with the Crimson Tide tonight.
Just to be clear, nothing concrete has been reported regarding Cristobal heading to Oregon. But according to source information and the reports that are out there, the Ducks appear to be in serious play to land Cristobal's services.
If they aren't, then Taggart must have mystery candidates under wraps to coach offensive line and be the offensive coordinator. Nola.com reported last month that the Taggart had been in contact with LSU wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig to potentially become the Ducks' offensive coordinator. Last week, 247sports reported the same thing.
But if Craig were the top target for offensive coordinator, why hasn't it happened yet? Waiting on Cristobal is more logical given that his team has one more game tonight.
Cristobal, who reportedly has strong recruiting ties in Florida where he played at the University of Miami, has spent the past four seasons at Alabama, helping it win the national title last season.
Before coaching at Alabama, Cristobal spent six seasons as the head coach at Florida International where he had a record of 27-27.
Cristobal, a Miami native, lettered four years at Miami from 1988-92 while playing under Jimmie Johnson and Dennis Erickson. The Hurricanes won two national titles during Cristobal's career, in 1989 and 1991. After college, Cristobal signed as a free agent with the Denver Broncos in 1994 and played for the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe in 1995 and 1996.
Cristobal's Coaching Career
1998-2000: Miami, graduate assistant.
2001-2002: Rutgers, offensive tackles/tight ends.
2003: Rutgers, offensive line.
2004-2005: Miami, tight ends.
2006: Miami, offensive line
2007-2012: Florida International, head coach (27-47 record).
2013-present: Alabama, offensive line.