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Details of Miami’s contract offer to Mario Cristobal emerge

Larry Brown Sports logo Larry Brown Sports 12/5/2021 Steve DelVecchio, Larry Brown Sports
Oregon Ducks head coach Mario Cristobal could be heading east. © Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports Oregon Ducks head coach Mario Cristobal could be heading east.

Miami is making a strong push to hire Mario Cristobal away from Oregon, and it sounds like they are trying to put together an offer that the head coach can’t refuse.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported on Sunday that Cristobal and Miami are in the “late stages” of contract negotiations. Miami is offering Cristobal roughly $8 million per season over five or more years.

Cristobal has also been told he will have a large budget to build out his staff, according to Jackson.

Miami is also in discussions about hiring Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich as their next AD.

Cristobal signed a six-year, $27.3 million extension with Oregon last year. He is making around $7 million this season with incentives, so the reported Miami deal would guarantee him more money. It’s unclear if Oregon has attempted to match or beat the offer.

Oregon is coming off a blowout loss to Utah in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Numerous reports have indicated that Cristobal is expected to replace Manny Diaz at Miami, which is not a shock.

Cristobal is a Miami native and was an all-conference player at Miami from 1989-92. The 51-year-old was a graduate assistant there from 1998-2000 and an offensive position coach from 2004-06.

If Cristobal does finalize a deal with Miami, Oregon may already have a replacement in mind.

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