Firstly, let me start by saying we know that the first year of Mario Cristobal wasn’t as stellar as we all thought. That’s no fault of his own, though, it’s your first year in a new program, and there are bound to be some hiccups before you get to the desired level of success you wish to achieve.
Secondly, and this is an old saying that I frequently use in my podcast, Rome wasn’t built in a day. It takes time to garner the success you want to have, especially with a passionate Fanbase like the Miami hurricanes have. We aren’t exactly patient when it comes to having to wait, but I would urge anyone that reads this that is a part of the process.
In this case, patience is indeed a virtue. He knows what he’s doing. We need to let this play out. Thirdly, Mario is an outstanding recruiter, and when he took the job of head coach at the University of Miami, he didn’t have his players meaning that half of the players were from the previous coaching staff. Some of the players did not feel comfortable playing in his offense.
In this coming cycle, more than half the team will be players recruited under his tenure, which is sure to be a sharp turnaround from the past few decades of mediocre football.
The Vision of Cristobal
The fourth reason I would highlight is that the players believe in the vision that Mario Cristobal is trying to create down in Coral Gables. Suppose you read now-former Miami hurricane tight end Will Mallory’s post-spring football practice comments prior to this last season. In that case, you will see that he believes in the vision that Mario Cristobal is trying to execute.
In a tweet published by Miami Hurricanes beat writer Christy Chirinos, He was quoted as saying:
“I think every guy they brought in is top-notch, the best around the country. It’s been a great experience for me to meet these guys. There’s so much knowledge around. You have to be a sponge when you walk in here. It may not even be your position coach. It could be anyone, it could be on the other side of the ball, but you can learn something every single day from these coaches. Coach Cristobal brought in the best of the best, and that’s what we’re getting.”
Similarly, Mario Cristobal also echoed similar sentiments about many of his players, including Will, Mallory, and the running backs room, stating how he loves Mallory’s hustle and the improvement of running back don Chaney Jr. Although, there is some contention among the fans as to whether the players want to play for Mario Cristobal or not the type of phrase that he gives his players certainly tells a different story.
I want to preach patience to all who wish for success immediately. Success takes time to build. It’s only a matter of time before the hurricanes are on top of the college football world again. to use a quote from the Philadelphia 76ers, trust the process. Mario is steering the ship in the right direction.