Early Oregon Football Head Coach Candidates Following Mario Cristobals Departure

Q: Did all the reports from Miami of the deal being close complicate matters?

RM: It wasn't a complication. Obviously, our focus was on winning the rivalry game against Oregon State to win the North Division, then trying to win another a third consecutive Pac-12 Championship, and I think the coaches and staff did a good job of that. And then, our job was to engage with Mario's representation, which is the way he wants to do it. We engaged in that for a couple of weeks and really reached an agreement on terms but knew that he was going to consider that Miami offer as well.

Q: Did Miami’s way of handling this create challenges and how were you and Mario when you left things?

RM: Mario and I, we met. We talked several times. We met for an hour this morning. And all I did was express my full gratitude. He put every ounce into this program. He's one of the hardest workers in college football. I appreciated everything he did. I expressed my appreciation. He expressed his appreciation. It was very professional. I totally understand the conflict that he was going through. Because that's where he played. That's where he grew up. When he was a GA or an assistant there, I'm sure he dreamed of being the head coach there one day, and here he is several years later with that dream in his lap. But I also know that he struggled and he was torn. Because he understands the incredible support the opportunity that that was presented here. And so I get it. I totally get it. We were in the team meeting together. So my focus is on the Oregon doing business the right way. That's my focus. That's our DNA. That's who we are. But, again, I totally understand that that's why we had the open lines of communication. That's why we sat down early this morning together, and I wished him well.

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