Based on the Twitter reactions of players and recruits, as well as how fans cheered his introduction at a basketball game, Oregon’s hiring of Mario Cristobal as football coach was about the best thing that could have happened considering the circumstances.
At least one national college football writer thinks otherwise.
“Nothing against Mario Cristobal, who is a fine coach and might very well do a great job in Eugene,” USA Today’s Dan Wolken wrote. “But for the Ducks, it has to hurt that Willie Taggart made them look like a stepping-stone in bolting after one season.”
Wolken goes on to cite “bad timing and rotten luck” that Taggart left for Florida State after UCLA had hired former Oregon coach Chip Kelly and Nebraska had landed ex-Oregon assistant Scott Frost. He called Cristobal’s hiring an example of a school going for “the stability move” by promoting within.
“Oregon considers itself an elite program, and it got a dose of reality about its place in the pecking order over the last few weeks,” Wolken wrote.
Cristobal might not have been a splashy hire for Oregon, but considering his recruiting acumen and his connection with players, it was the right move for the Ducks that should pay off both during next week’s early signing period and beyond.
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