So much of this backlash (not all, but it sure gets tossed out there a lot) against the possibility of Mario Cristobal being named head coach at Pitt seems driven by the fact that reports say he is legitimately weighing the options of moving up the coaching ladder and money versus moving his family, leaving his hometown, a job he is doing well and has solid relationships with his bosses. I’m not sure how this is considered a negative other than some of the usual provincialism that people in Pittsburgh display at time over anyone who doesn’t profess absolute love for the ‘Burgh and fully embraces it.
As has been pointed out in the comments, a lot of this seems to be driven by the fact that FraudGraham bolted. And part of the spin — the spin — was that he and his family never felt comfortable to not liking Pittsburgh. How dare they insult the ‘Burgh!
This is spin people. This is the absolute bullshit that a piece of excrement put out there to rationalize his actions. To hide behind “what’s best for his family” to chase the money. Stop buying into it. You are looking like idiots.
Now when FraudGraham has bolted all of his head coaching jobs, there were hard feelings in his wake. People trashing him.
Now with all the rumors of Cristobal, it is worth pointing out how media reaction in Miami is to the possibility. It seems to be, yeah, he’s earned the right and we hope he succeeds.
Judging strictly on what he has done in his five years at FIU and what opportunities are available for him at the moment, it’s time for Cristobal to move on.
It’s time for the former UM tackle to reap the benefits of a job well done here and take a more lucrative, more prestigious job with a major university. He simply deserves it.
If the reports are accurate and Cristobal is the leading candidate for the suddenly vacant Pittsburgh job, then not only should he make the move to the soon-to-be Atlantic Coast Conference school, but he also should be supported by the program and its fans, who were largely invisible when Cristobal first got to the school.
It’s almost as if Pittsburgh and Cristobal was a marriage meant to be. He interviewed for the vacant job last year, when the school eventually hired Michael Haywood, who was arrested on felony domestic-violence charges two weeks later and was dismissed. The school then went with Todd Graham, who recently left after one season to take his “dream job” at Arizona State.
That left Cristobal with another season at FIU to prove his team was no one-year wonder. It also left Pitt desperate for stability — the type of stability that an up-and-coming coach such as Cristobal can offer.
His AD admittedly hopes to keep him, but all but conceded there was little FIU could do to actually keep him.
Cristobal is pulling a Jamie Dixon when asked.
Asked in Spanish by a reporter about his future at FIU, head coach Mario Cristobal said in Spanish, “It’s not my policy to talk about anything that’s going on outside the program.”
We will see. At this point it is either Cristobal or Chryst. Personally, I lean a little more towards Cristobal, but I think either can succeed at Pitt.