The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will replace Greg Schiano with Florida International coach Mario Cristobal, according to the Star-Ledger's Steve Politi. Schiano left late last week for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers job, setting up an awkward timeline with National Signing Day just days away. Offensive line coach Kyle Flood was named the interim coach.
@StevePoliti Mario Cristobal will be your new Rutgers coach.
Cristobal reportedly interviewed Sunday night, with Steve Addazio among the other reported candidates. He coached Rutgers' offensive line and tight ends from 2001 to 2003 before taking the same position with the Miami Hurricanes through 2006. In 2007, he took over a FIU program in such sorry shape that he actively steered recruits away from the football facilities.
Despite those conditions, he produced winning seasons in each of the last two years, a Sun Belt title and the school's first-ever bowl victory. The job he did at FIU was quite comparable to the one Schiano did at Rutgers.