Cristobal Decides to Stay at UM

Mario Cristobal announced he was staying at Miami after interviewing with the New York Jets to be a Tight Ends Coach under Eric Mangini. The announcement came in the middle of today's press conference to formally introduce Miami's four new coaches.

"For one, I love the University of Miami," said Mario Cristobal, who played for the Hurricanes from 1988-1992. "I live and die--and breathe for this place. For anyone that knows me, knows that. What can I say? It is what I want"

Cristobal was a graduate assisant at Miami from 1998-2000 before being named the tight ends coach in 2004.

"It's not just sitting back and talking about it. It is about working at it every single day and I am willing to do that forever for this place. I want to see it do well," Cristobal said.

"From a personal standpoint, we hired two guys (Rich Olson and Todd Berry) that are going to help me be a better football coach and will help me advance in my career for whatever the next step is. Hopefully it is within this organization."

The New York Jets interviewed Cristobal earlier this week, but had not offered him the job or the other candidates according to Cristobal.

"To be interviewed by the Jets is the most amazing thing you could imagine. There is a guy (Eric Mangini) who has been under Bill Belichick at New England. It doesn't get any better than that. That place is going to do extremely well. Just getting to know those guys for a couple of days, I can't wait to watch them on TV."

One of the things Cristobal liked about the Jets organization is their philosophy.

"They have the same principles and values that we have here. You don't compromise integrit and character for athletic ability."

Not only does Cristobal love the University of Miami, but also college football.

"The bottom line is that I get gunned up about Saturdays. When I think about football, I think about Saturdays."

Miami begins their 2006 season on September 4 against Florida State.

"If you mention September 4th to me, I am doing backflips and doing cartwheels. I want that thing in the worst way."

Christopher Stock is a Senior Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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