Earlier this week, Oregon Football Head Coach Mario Cristobal was asked about his interest in an open coaching vacancy at Auburn. He quickly dispelled the rumor saying he trusted the people at Oregon and was rewarded for three seasons of success on Thursday.
The University of Oregon unanimously approved a new 6-year deal for Cristobal. It will extend his original contract by two years. He is already under contract through 2024. In the first three seasons, Cristobal was earning $2.7 million a year. In that time span, his salary had dwindled toward the bottom of the Pac-12.
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With the new deal, he will earn $4.55 million a year starting in 2021. It certainly helps that on Wednesday, the Ducks and Cristobal signed the sixth highest ranked recruiting class in the country. The Oregon Football Coaching staff may have bested their class from last season when all is said and done.
It is tough enough in a standard season to recruit around the country, host potential student athletes, and earn their trust and commitment. 2020 was not standard by any means. In-home visits did not happen and on-campus visits were pretty limited. Meetings took place via Zoom Conference calls. In the end, Oregon Football signed a class of 21 for the Class of 2020. 20 of them have said they plan to enroll early and will be available for Spring Camp and potentially the Spring Game as the team turn the calendar toward the 2021 season.
Mario Cristobal joined the Oregon Ducks under Willie Taggart and was promoted to Head Coach after Taggart departed for the Florida State Seminoes in December 2017.
Cristobal and the Ducks get a chance to better their season this Friday. The team will look for their second straight Pac-12 Championship visiting the USC Trojans at LA Coliseum. Gametime is set for 5 pm Pacific Time on FOX.