There was a lot of questions swirling around the Miami Hurricanes program after it decided to self-impose another year of sanctions in late November. Head coach Al Golden was named the new head coach at probably nine schools despite not interviewing for one job. There was also the ongoing NCAA investigation of the Miami program followed by the investigation of the investigation for corruption, and the signing day runaway mom that was the Alex Collins situation.
To say it has been smooth and calm would be a flat out lie on every level. But what has happened is Golden has been able to recruit a solid class for 2013 to add to a young, yet talented and mature team that has a chances to make a lot of noise this season.
But the biggest off-season move for Golden and Miami has to be the hiring of Mario Cristobal as associate head coach and tight ends coach. Cristobal was a part of the Hurricanes 1989 and 1991 National Championship teams, and is happy to be home following a six-year stint as the head coach of the Florida International Panthers.
That’s one solid hire, folks.
Not only do the Hurricanes get a great alumni who knows what it takes to win multiple championships, you get a guy who knows what the swagger of The U use to be, and a coach who is second to none in the art of recruiting. Cristobal grew up in South Florida and will give Miami a huge advantage in keeping some of that superior talent at home moving forward. That is something Miami didn’t have with the hire of Golden and something the Arkansas Razorbacks were hoping to cash in on with the hiring of Randy Shannon.
Well that is all history now with Cristobal on staff.
M Shannon Smallwood is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the US Basketball Writers Association.
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