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Cristobal leaves, Ducks search for a new head coach

Mario Cristobal
University of Oregon Football
Mario Cristobal was named head coach of the University of Oregon's football team on Dec. 8, 2017.

Head coach Mario Cristobal is leaving the University of Oregon football team for Miami. The announcement came Monday morning.

Cristobal has accepted the position of head coach for the Miami Hurricanes according to UO athletic director Rob Mullens.

The Oregon football program is searching nationally for their next head coach.

Mullens says the Oregon football program has engaged with Cristobal’s representation for weeks. Mullens describes his reaction when Cristobal told him the news.

“All I did was express my full gratitude. He put every ounce into this program,” Mullens said. “I totally understand the conflict he was going through.”

In the meantime, Oregon’s football program is seeking an interim coach to lead the Ducks in preparation for the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29, where Oregon is playing the Oklahoma Sooners. The interim coach will be announced as soon as possible, and the team is determining which players and coaches are leaving with Cristobal.

(Update: Mullens named Bryan McClendon interim head football coach.)

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