Mario Cristobal offered five Oregon assistant jobs with Miami football

New head coach Mario Cristobal has offered five of his Oregon assistants jobs with Miami’s football program. Running backs coach Jim Mastro, linebackers coach Ken Wilson, wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon, offensive line coach Alex Mirabal and fitness coordinator Aaron Feld could all join the staff from Miami.

Justin Hopkins of Scoop Duck on 3 reported on Mario Cristobal’s potential coaching hires in Miami. Only Mirabal has accepted a position with the Hurricanes through Hopkins. Mirabal has recruited with Cristobal in the three days since Cristobal was introduced as head coach on Tuesday.

Upgrading Miami’s offensive line will be a priority for Cristobal who played tackle for Miami from 1988-1992. McClendon and Feld would follow Cristobal to Miami. The potential is that McClendon could be Miami’s offensive coordinator under Cristobal and Wilson could lead the Hurricanes’ defense.

Tim DeRuyter, who was Oregon’s defensive coordinator in 2021, accepted the same position with Texas Tech this week. Cristobal and Miami will be looking for a new defensive coordinator in 2022. Former Miami head coach Manny Diaz had the dual role of defensive coordinator for the Hurricanes in 2021.

Cristobal receives an unprecedented $8.1 million for coaching staff salaries in 2022. Mastro earned $481,500 in 2021, McClendon $515,000, Mirabal $600,000 and Wilson $465,000. Information obtained from Oregon Live did not mention Feld’s salary in 2021.

As a private school, Miami does not have to disclose financial or salary information. An experienced defensive coordinator, DeRuyter earned $825,000 with the Ducks in 2021. Miami will seek competitive salaries for its entire staff in 2022. Cristobal is reportedly considering some of Miami’s current assistants.

In addition to building a team, Cristobal has the added task of signing 2022 prospects after being introduced as Miami’s head coach eight days before Early National Signing Day. Cristobal is expected to assemble one of college football’s finest personnel for the Miami football program.

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