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Rutgers talks fall through; Cristobal to stay put

Posted on: January 30, 2012 10:25 am
Edited on: January 30, 2012 4:58 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

UPDATE:'s Brett McMurphy reports that Rutgers and FIU head coach Mario Cristobal were never on the same page with regard to possible contract terms, and Cristobal will remain with the Panthers.  Scarlet Knights' interim head coach Kyle Flood expected to "be the beneficiary" of the fallout.

With National Signing Day rapidly approaching, Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti has been on the move to try and replace head coach Greg Schiano as quickly as possible. Pernetti has already interviewed multiple candidates for the job, reportedly including interim head coach/offensive line coach Kyle Flood, Temple head coach Steve Addazio, and FIU's Mario Cristobal.

Tom Luicci, of The Star-Ledger, reported that Cristobal spoke with the Rutgers athletic director on Sunday. Pernetti reportedly requested and received permission from FIU to speak with Cristobal, which a person with knowledge of the search process said "went well." Multiple reports from Philadelphia indicate that Steve Addazio plans to stay put at Temple, narrowing Rutgers' apparent wish-list to Flood and Cristobal.

When Pernetti addressed the media after Schiano's departure on Thursday, the athletic director indicated his intentions to have a new head coach named no later than Wednesday - National Signing Day. Rutgers has already lost out in-state athlete Devin Fuller, who said on Sunday Schano's decision to leave "made a big difference" in his choosing UCLA over the Scarlet Knights.

Defensive end Darius Hamilton, one of New Jersey's top in-state recruit, plans to make his announcement on Tuesday night. One would assume Pernetti hopes to have his coach in place in time for Hamilton to make his decision. With the dead period now in place until Wednesday, the only best way to end uncertainty is make headlines with a coaching hire.

Cristobal is one of the hottest rising coaches in college football, taking over the FIU program in 2007 after spending time on Schiano's staff at Rutgers (2001-2003) and Larry Coker's staff at Miami (2004-2006). Cristobal led the Panthers to their first winning season in program history in 2010, winning the Sun Belt Championship and the Little Caesars Bowl. FIU finished 8-5 in 2011, falling to Marshall in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl.

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Since: Aug 10, 2010
Posted on: January 30, 2012 4:26 pm

Report: Mario Cristobal contacted for Rutgers job

Cristobal says no thanks!

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 2:13 pm

Report: Mario Cristobal contacted for Rutgers job

At least they're not interested in the FIU basketball coach.

Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2012 12:25 pm

Report: Mario Cristobal contacted for Rutgers job

By all accounts it is now just Cristobal or Flood.  There were lots of possibilities but the ultra tight timeframe eliminated any that would take more than 5 days to sort out.  Neither one is going to end up on the cover of SI because of their appointment - but there is a plausable argument that each could be successful - especially since you never know how these things work out -  remember how dismayed Giants fans were years ago when Ray Perkins left to go to Alabama & the Giants management did not go outside to get a high profile coach, they selected the internal candidate - this guy named Parcells - nobody knew that would work out the way that it did... so Let's just get on with it!

Since: Oct 4, 2010
Posted on: January 30, 2012 12:03 pm

Report: Mario Cristobal contacted for Rutgers job

I just don't see the infatuation with Cristobal.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:54 am

Report: Mario Cristobal contacted for Rutgers job

haha dynammo, thanks for the laugh!  I think Rutgers should try to contact Tom Bradley...

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:13 am

Report: Mario Cristobal contacted for Rutgers job

coach graham from arizona state is ready for a change, please seek his services rutgers!

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