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The Front-Runner For The Miami Job May Be Former FIU Head Coach Mario Cristobal

With the firing of head coach Al Golden, Miami—one of the most interesting jobs in college football—is now opened. As is customary, the internet has been flooded by predictions for the next hire. Many lists consist of similar names, including former Hurricane coach Butch Davis, Miami alumnus and former Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski, and former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano.

The name that seems to be gaining the most traction, however, is Mario Cristobal. He has been brought up by a number of members of the college football media, some who cite sources naming him as a possibility.

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FOX Sports analyst Bruce Feldman has Cristobal first in his list as possible hires for The U, and he makes a strong case for the former FIU head coach:

No one is any more plugged into South Florida in college coaching than Cristobal, a Miami native and former standout O-lineman at UM. Cristobal has head coaching experience having spent six seasons transforming FIU from by far the worst program in Division I into one that went to two bowl games. He also has a good eye for coaching talent, having hired Scott Satterfield, Geoff Collins and Todd Orlando -- three of the more respected up-and-comers in the college game -- and played a key role in helping Greg Schiano flip Rutgers from laughing stock status.

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My two cents: UM desperately needs someone with deep South Florida ties and who understands UM. Cristobal does. Maybe he could even bring a Mel Tucker along with him as his DC. His time working under Saban and learning that organizational structure is a plus.

Cristobal isn't the biggest name, but he has been a successful head coach in the area before, he's a Miami alumnus, and he could be a good choice to try and hold on to Miami's strong future recruiting classes.