Oregon rents Mario Cristobal to replace Willie Tagart
Cristobal was an assistant in Alabama for four seasons before coming to Oregon.
Oregon did not go outside the program to find an alternative to Willie Taggart.
First mentioned by the sport’s NBC, Duck assistant coach Mario Cristobal has chosen to take over permanently to the Taggart. Cristobal was appointed interim coach when he left Taggart earlier this week to go to Florida.
Cristobal was an assistant in Oregon for one season and served as an offensive coordinator for the team. Before Cristobal was in Oregon he was head coach in Alabama for four seasons after being the main coach of Florida International.
He had great support to be the next team coach of the players. According to his left-hand therapist Terrell Crosby, over 70 players signed for Cristobal to be the permanent coach.
Cristobal collected record 27-47 in the FIU, although this is somewhat misleading. He was 20-26 at Sun Bilt, the team went from 1-11 in his first season in 2007 to 7-6 in 2010 and 8-5 in 2011. He was somewhat surprised after the team was 3-9 in 2012.
Coach Tagart was for just one season. He came to Oregon from South Florida after he launched the duck Mark Helfrich and was the first outside hire of the team 40 years ago. After Florida coach Gimpo Fischer left for Texas A & M, Taggart became the top choice for Seminoles and left to Tallahassee.
The rise of Cristobal means that there are no more vacancies in the schools of PowerFive Conference – right now anyway. After Tennessee gave Jeremy Bruet as her coach on Thursday, Oregon was another great school looking for a coach.