Oregon football has been in limbo trying to figure out if Mario Cristobal is going to remain head coach, but if he’s gone, here’s who should replace him.
It’s been a roller-coaster of a week for Oregon football fans.
First, the Ducks made the Pac-12 title game and earned a rematch with Utah after getting dismantled in Salt Lake City a couple of weeks prior. Then, the Ducks played in the Pac-12 Championship for a third straight season but lost yet again to the Utes, 38-10. And then, rumors began to swirl about Mario Cristobal garnering interest from Miami.
And then on Sunday evening after the Ducks were selected for the Alamo Bowl against Oklahoma, reports came out that Cristobal had accepted the head coaching job at Miami.
Yet Cristobal appeared for his Zoom call with the media for the Alamo Bowl with Oklahoma interim head coach Bob Stoops and didn’t field any questions. He was wearing Oregon gear, so the confusion was palpable throughout the fanbase.
While it seems like he’s gone, as of Sunday night, nothing had been official. The rumors are that he accepted a deal to return to his alma mater, and if that’s the case, the Ducks will be joining the coaching carousel, hoping to hit a home run.
With all of the big names already on the move this offseason and others signing huge extensions, the options are limited for the Ducks.
Which coaches would be the best-case scenarios for Oregon in a potential head coaching search?