It has been quite a week for the Oregon football program. Last Friday, Willie Taggart was talking bowl games and dominating Oregon State. Two days later he was announced as the head coach of the Florida State Seminoles. The Ducks’ No. 6-ranked recruiting class became unstable. Players voiced their displeasure over Taggart’s surreptitious ways. A petition was started. And on Friday, it was formally announced that co-offensive coordinator Mario Cristobal would be replacing Taggart as coach.
Cristobal had been tabbed the interim coach for the upcoming Las Vegas Bowl against Boise State, though amid massive fan support and a petition signed by more than 70 players, Oregon made the obvious, and easy, choice: Cristobal was its guy.
On Friday night, early during Oregon’s basketball game against Colorado State, Cristobal was introduced, and the fans gave him a warm welcome.
New @oregonfootball head coach @coach_cristobal and @Tyrellcrosby get a warm welcome from MKA pic.twitter.com/EpWkYOiCjZ
— Karley Gauthier (@karleygauthier) December 9, 2017
Mario introduced at MKA pic.twitter.com/JDRho9h87f
— DuckSportsAuthority (@DSArivals) December 9, 2017
Cristobal’s hiring has been lauded by staff, players and fans around the country, including, most notably, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
“Phenomenal choice by Oregon football tapping Coach Cristobal as Head Football Coach,” he wrote on Twitter. “Coach Cristobal and I had many bad ass, tough battles on the field and in the weight room as we were teammates at the University of Miami. Smart, tough and motivating. Championship DNA. Congrats brother!”
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