Oregon head coach Willie Taggart has reportedly offered Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal a spot on his staff, while Florida also has shown interest in the Tide coach.
Nick Saban may be losing another assistant after Alabama’s matchup with Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.
Per FootballScoop.com, Crimson Tide offensive line coach Mario Cristobal has been offered a senior staff position by new Oregon head coach Willie Taggart. Cristobal would also be the offensive line coach for the Ducks.
Cristobal, who has spent the last four seasons working for Saban in Tuscaloosa, is a hot commodity right now for both his coaching acumen and his recruiting skills. He was named the National Recruiter of the Year in 2015, and has strong ties to the talent-rich state of Florida. Hailing from South Florida, Cristobal played college football at Miami, spent time as the tight end and offensive line coach for the Hurricanes and then served for six years as the head coach at Florida International.
Taggart, who was hired from USF, has been making some keen moves when adding to his staff, including bringing Colorado defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt to Eugene to serve in the same position.
The Ducks and Taggart might not be the only team in a race for Cristobal’s services, as Jim McElwain has reportedly shown interest in the 46-year-old Cristobal to join his Florida staff if current offensive line coach Mike Summers, who interviewed with South Carolina recently, moves on.