Al Messerschmidt

The journey of Mario Cristobal

How high can the former FIU coach climb after being fired for no good reason by FIU?

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Cristobal leaving Miami for Alabama

Mario Cristobal interviewed with Alabama for their offensive line coach job, and Nick Saban is apparently interested in bringing on the former FIU head coach, reportedly offering him the job.

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Cristobal interviewing with Tide

Mario Cristobal has been with Miami for just over a month, but he may already be eyeing a change of scenery.

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Mario Cristobal returning to Miami

The former FIU head coach will join his alma mater's staff as an assistant.

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Cristobal out at FIU

Mario Cristobal, once one of the hottest coaching prospects in the country, is reportedly out at FIU.

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Mario Cristobal Lands Contract Through 2017 At FIU

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Cristobal spurns Rutgers

What if we were to tell you that two very, very different media outlets are now reporting Florida International coach Mario Cristobal will not take the Rutgers Scarlet Knights job, despite reports earlier in the day that he would? Here's Pete Thamel of the New York Times reporting Cristobal stays, which, yes, sure, fine, that makes sense.

From about an hour earlier, however, a well-known local barber to the stars broke the news first:

332303985_normal Cristobal will not go to Rutgers will stay as a Panther #FIU - @CanesBARBER via Twitter

So there's that. Follow our man for the latest FIU football news, I think? Sadly, this could also mean no more speculation about James Coley leaving FSU for Florida International, meaning we might have to stash our BEHOLD THE GOLD and AWE AT THE PAW recommendations for Coley's Twitter.

If Cristobal and Steve Addazio are now out, we're down to Giants offensive line coach Pat Flaherty, interim coach Kyle Flood, and ... based on earlier reports. Also, Thamel adds Cardinals assistant John McNulty.

For more on the Scarlet Knights, visit Rutgers blog On the Banks, Big East Coast Bias and SB Nation New York. For more on Tampa Bay, head to Buccaneers blog Bucs Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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Cristobal interviews at Rutgers

Two days away from National Signing Day, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights need a new head coach. At least it's not one day away from National Signing Day! While offensive line coach Kyle Flood has been named the interim boss, a program on the up-and-up over the past decade still needs to explore its options.

Flood has reportedly been interviewed, and FIU coach Mario Cristobal, Temple coach Steve Addazio, and Giants offensive line coach Pat Flaherty have also been named candidates by the Star-Ledger's Tom Luicci. Luicci also reports one other mystery candidate, along with a Sunday interview of Cristobal.

But according to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey, Addazio won't be leaving Philly for New Jersey. That would bring us down to four candidates, if all reports are accurate.

Departed Rutgers coach Greg Schiano turned a pile of Jersey rubble into a Rutgers program capable of winning bowl games in bunches. At FIU, Cristobal won a bowl game without even a pile of rubble. He'd be the most exciting name Rutgers could bring on.

For more on the Scarlet Knights, visit Rutgers blog On the Banks, Big East Coast Bias and SB Nation New York. For more on Tampa Bay, head to Buccaneers blog Bucs Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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No Cristobal for Pitt

Over the weekend, both the Pittsburgh Panthers and FIU coach Mario Cristobal denied or sidestepped chatter that they're doing business together. Cristobal has reportedly interviewed with Pitt as the Panthers seek Todd Graham's replacement*, but would prefer to leave it at that for the time being:

Greg Auman@gregauman FIU's Mario Cristobal on Pitt rumors: "All I'm really doing is my job as head football coach at FIU and getting ready for this bowl game."

Pitt, meanwhile, blames a very specific kind of report for all the trouble and confusion:

Contrary to Internet reports, the Pitt football head coaching position has not been offered to anyone, nor have any decisions on an offer been made. The search is still an ongoing process.

You never see programs specifically call out NEWSPAPER REPORTS, but that's just life.

* Seeking Todd Graham's replacement is something all of us have to go through at some point in life.

For more from the Panthers' side, visit Pitt blog Cardiac Hill and SB Nation Pittsburgh. For more on the 2011 college football coaching carousel, check out our dedicated section.

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Chryst, Cristobal interview with Pitt

Add the name of FIU's Mario Cristobal to a lengthy list of reported candidates for the Pittsburgh Panthers job, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He reportedly interviewed Friday, joining Ohio St. Buckeyes interim head coach (I guess that's what we're still calling him?) Luke Fickell and Wisconsin Badgers offensive coordinator Paul Chryst.

Chryst interviewed for the Pitt job last January, but withdrew once it became apparent the Panthers were dialed in on Todd Graham. Similar story as Virginia Tech Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster, who's also said he's interested in the job this time around.

Cristobal has taken Florida International to two straight bowl games, the only such games in the program's brief history. A brief stint with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights was his only apparent experience outside of Florida, save his pro playing career.

For more from the Panthers' side, visit Pitt blog Cardiac Hill and SB Nation Pittsburgh. For more on the 2011 college football coaching carousel, check out our dedicated section.

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