Miami is in extensive talks with Oregon’s Mario Cristobal to make him the Hurricanes’ next football coach, sources told ESPN on Sunday.
Cristobal, a Miami native and former offensive lineman and assistant for the Hurricanes, also has a lucrative contract offer from Oregon to remain coach of the Ducks.
Miami has not fired coach Manny Diaz, who continues to recruit for the school along with his assistants. Oregon aides are also recruiting on Sunday and have not been made aware of Cristobal’s decision, sources said.
Miami is on the verge of making major investments in its program and wants to lean on Cristobal and a new sporting director. The school is targeting Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich with a multi-million dollar contract, but other candidates remain involved and research is ongoing. A source close to the sporting director’s search told ESPN earlier on Sunday that no hires had been made.
Radakovich received a commerce degree in Miami and began his career in sports administration there in 1983.
Cristobal confirmed Oregon’s contract offer on Friday following the team’s 38-10 loss to Utah in the Pac-12 Championship game.
âOregon is working on things for me, and that’s what I have right now and that’s the extent of this conversation,â Cristobal said Friday night. âIf there is anything to report, I would. I always have. “
Cristobal recently returned to Miami to be with his ailing mother, Clara. Sources close to Cristobal told ESPN that family reasons will motivate Cristobal’s move more than financial reasons.