By Matt Sugam
Two days after it was reported that Mario Cristobal would be leaving his post as Miami’s associate head coach and tight ends coach after a month on the job to become Alabama’s offensive line coach, the news became official today with the Crimson Tide announcing the hire.
“We are very pleased to announce the addition of Mario Cristobal to our staff,” said Nick Saban in a statement. “He has an outstanding reputation as both a coach and a recruiter. He will be a great fit in our organization and I think our players will respond to his positive attitude and energy. This is a very important hire in terms of working with our offensive line and we feel fortunate that we were able to hire a coach of Mario’s caliber. We want to welcome Mario and his family to the University of Alabama and we are excited to have them here.”
Cristobal – who is a former Rutgers assistant – turned down the offer last year to become the Scarlet Knights to remain at FIU where he was subsequently fired after the season.