It is not an unknown fact that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson once played football for the University of Miami. He even won a national championship with the ‘Canes in 1991. But what might come as a surprise — or just as a little known fact — is that The Rock played his college ball with Mario Cristobal, who on Friday was tabbed to be the next head coach at the University of Oregon.
And The Rock loves, and excuse the pun, what the Ducks are cooking in Eugene.
“Phenomenal choice by Oregon football tapping Coach Cristobal as Head Football Coach,” he wrote on Twitter. “Coach Cristobal and I had many bad ass, tough battles on the field and in the weight room as we were teammate at the University of Miami. Smart, tough and motivating. Championship DNA. congrats brother!”
Coach Cristobal and I had many bad ass, tough battles on the field and in the weight room as we were teammates at @univmiami.
Smart, tough and motivating. Championship DNA. Congrats brother! https://t.co/pY7P9RnC9w
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 9, 2017
Cristobal played for Miami from 1989-1992, winning a pair of national championships, leaving as a First Team All-Big East offensive tackle.
The Rock is the latest in a long line of fans, either of the Ducks or the coach himself, to applaud Oregon’s hire in replacing Willie Taggart, who bolted for the vacant Florida State job. Cristobal had served as the co-offensive coordinator under Taggart and was named the interim coach for the Las Vegas Bowl next Saturday against Boise State. It didn’t take long for the interim tag to be removed, thanks in part to near unanimous support from the players.
On Thursday night, senior offensive tackle Tyrell Crosby wrote on Twitter that a petition was circulating advocating for Cristobal’s hiring. More than 70 players inked their signatures.
Had an 70+ players signed petition to keep Cristobal as head coach
— Tyrell Crosby (@Tyrellcrosby) December 8, 2017
“I feel like this is a really big accomplishment for everyone, that’s why everyone was so excited,” offensive lineman Shane Lemieux said on Friday. “Whereas the last coaching hire with Taggart, it was kind of an administration decision rather than a player decision. So we had a big say in this I feel like. Even though he didn’t really say it, I’m sure we had some say.”
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