Oregon's Mario Cristobal says Ducks working on contract, expects other schools to pursue him


There are rumors that Cristobal might leave Oregon for Miami.

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Mario Cristobal, the Oregon coach, confirmed that the school has approached him with an enhanced contract, but also that other programs will likely pursue him in the coming days.

The Miami Herald and several other media outlets reported Friday that Miami is poised to make a push for Cristobal, a former Hurricanes offensive lineman and assistant who grew up in the city. The 10th-ranked Oregon lost 38-10 to Utah in the Pac-12 championship game on Friday, the second time in three games that the Ducks have been defeated by Utah. Utah earned a spot in the Rose Bowl for the first time.

"I haven't talked to anyone, so let's not create narratives as we sit here in this press conference," he said after the game. "Oregon's working on some stuff for me, and that's what I have right now, and that's the extent of the conversation."

I would report it if there was anything to report. I have.

Miami has not made any announcements about the program's head coach, who is preparing for a bowl appearance. The school's search for an athletic director is ongoing, although Dan Radakovich emerged Friday as a potential target.

According to sources, Radakovich has not been offered the job, but will have conversations with Miami over the weekend, where he got his start in athletic administration. According to sources, other candidates are still involved in the Miami athletic director search, and a decision probably won't come until Sunday or Monday.

Cristobal is set to begin recruiting this weekend in Florida and other areas. After Oregon's regular-season finale against Oregon State, Cristobal flew to Miami to be with his ailing mother. Mario Cristobal told reporters that his mother is fighting.

According to the Oregonian, Oregon is going to offer a new contract to Cristobal, who is 35-13 with two Pac-12 titles at the school. In December of last year, he received a new six-year, $27.3 million deal.

Do I expect people to come after me? It happens every year, according to Cristobal. There's nothing else to report. I'll make sure to get it to the media as fast as I can.

He won two national titles and was a first-team All-Big East offensive tackle. From 1998 to 2000 he was a graduate assistant at Miami, and from 2004 to 2006 he was a full-time assistant.

A university source said that Clara's health and return to her hometown would be the main factors if Cristobal were to consider the Miami job.

The reports about Cristobal before the Utah game did not affect the team's performance, according to Oregon players.

"We have to block out the outside noise and focus on the game," Alex said. They were the better team.

In the teams' first game, Utah jumped out to an early lead and led 23-0 at halftime, while outgaining Oregon by over 200 yards. Oregon couldn't convert two Utah turnovers into points and didn't reach the end zone for nearly 45 minutes.

Verone McKinley III said it seemed like it was similar. It's a tough pill to swallow when you let what happened happen again and you were confident.

Oregon's recruiting class is ranked 9th nationally by ESPN. The bowl destination for Oregon will be known on Sunday.

"Disappointing ourselves, the staff, as a team," he said. Despite a lot of injuries, the team was able to win 10 games. We had one of the best victories in the country this year, and then had a couple of disappointing losses.

We had an opportunity to win our third straight conference title. We didn't get it done, but the other team did.