Cristobal’s First Fall Camp Is About to Open in Miami

Coral Gables, Fla. (AP) — It’s now an annual question in Miami, the official harbinger of the start of a new football season for an event that was once a perennial national championship contender and hasn’t been at that level for two years. Decades and counting.

“Are u back?”

New Hurricanes coach Mario Cristobal responds: “U’s back to work,” said the Miami alumnus.

The back-to-work process began when the private plane carrying Cristobal home from Oregon landed in Miami last December, began to pick up speed as it gathered a staff and rolled into the Spring Ball and the first storm. Hit a new level upon arrival. Miami Native Under Precision Camp begins this week.

First practice is Friday; A slew of adaptation activities are happening over the next few days. Expectations are always high from an impatient fan base in Miami, with Cristobal’s presence higher now and possibly even higher when the Hurricanes were established as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division Preseason favorite last week.

“Oh, I think the way we practice, we’ll handle it,” Cristóbal said. “There’s no one in this organization that’s going to feel like they’ve arrived. If anyone feels that way, the way we practice, they’re going to quickly change their approach.”

Cristobal inherited a schedule that went 7-5 last season, a schedule that was shortened a game because coronavirus-related issues kept Miami away from its planned Sun Bowl appearance against Washington State. Miami has had a 10-win season over the past 18 years, with just one Bowl win since 2006, and still has not won an ACC title.

He is the latest coach tasked with changing this. Armed with incredible job security – a 10-year deal worth nearly $80 million – Cristóbal returned to school where he was an offensive lineman and played for national championship-winning teams in 1989 and 1991.

These are some of the rings he has scattered around his office. Rings from his days as head coach in Oregon and an assistant under Nick Saban in Alabama are also on the table, a giant haul of jewelry that shows what he’s all about.

“When things were changing, we were all kind of scrambling,” said tight end Will Mallory. “We didn’t know what was going to happen. Coach Cristobal came in. We were lucky we got him. Then week after week you saw what he was adding. It just excites you so much. I’m on my last Don’t want to play for anyone else for years.

Cristobal didn’t come home with the impression that it would take a few months to get Miami back into championship mode. Now there’s a clear push to win — quarterback Tyler Van Dyke, widely considered to have entered the 2023 NFL Draft, could be one of the nation’s best this season. But Cristobal is also building for the long haul; Recruitment has gone very well in terms of commitments, and planning is already underway as to who to pursue in future years.

He has a pile of papers, files and notes in his office, from past game plans at other schools to the breakdown of the current Miami roster to plans for the future – both to build a team and build more buildings, something that’s ready to storm. top priority.

Camp Cristóbal, starting this week, is just one of many hoping to return to the top.

“When people see it, it’s like a grenade exploded,” said Cristobal, looking around his office. “But I love preparing. I love planning. That’s something I can do all day.”

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