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Report: Mario Cristobal Joining Oregon As Co-Offensive Coordinator

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Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal has agreed to join Oregon as its co-offensive coordinator under new head coach Willie Taggart.


That noise you hear out of the Pacific Northwest is new Oregon head coach Willie Taggart shaking up the college coaching scene with some big name hires.

The latest, per Ryan Bartow of 247Sports, is Alabama tight end and offensive line coach Mario Cristobal, who has agreed to become the new co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach under Taggart in Eugene.

Cristobal, considered one of the top recruiters in the nation, spent the last four seasons under the tutelage of Nick Saban in Tuscaloosa, helping turn O.J. Howard into an explosive target at tight end and leading up one of the top offensive lines in college football. He had previously served as head coach at Florida International from 2007-2012.

Cristobal will join former USF assistant David Reaves as the new leaders of the Ducks offense that has a history of being high tempo and no huddle, something Taggart liked to run during his days at USF. The Ducks will return a lot of talent, including wide receiver Charles Nelson and running back Royce Freeman, from this past season’s team that finished No. 15 in the nation in total offense by averaging 491.7 yards per game and scoring 35.4 points per game, good for No. 27 in the nation.

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