Mario, The Mire In Miami, And The Army Vs. Navy Prediction

Rumors have been abounding all week that Oregon coach Mario Cristobal is the leading candidate to take over as head coach for the Miami Hurricanes (as of Sunday afternoon).

Eight million dollars awaits Coach C. if he chooses to head south, but I wonder if any amount of money is enough to offset the mire that has gurgled to the surface in the swamp of football in the City of Miami.

Should it bother Cristobal any of us that Miami University still has Manny Diaz as its head coach?  I mean, what university would publicly recruit a replacement for its head football coach while the current head coach is still there?

Should it bother us that Miami got rid of its athletic director to make a pitch to Cristobal and the admins are making a move before new A.D., Nate Radakovich, is on board, especially when we know that Radakovich would do elect to keep Diaz if given a chance?

What major institution initiates the replacement of its head football coach while the incumbent is still there?

Oh, wait.

That’s right.

Universities in Miami do

Universities like cross-town FBS program Florida International University posted on two recruiting sites that its football coaching position was open even though Butch Davis was still there and still coaching. 

Coach Cristobal has a strong coaching history, and eight million dollars tells me they want him badly.  The problem is that they pursued Diaz the same way, and now they are slapping his reputation in the face and subverting his ability to reel in a strong recruiting class.

It’s okay that college football coaching is a tough business, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be traitorous.

Elsewhere, there is one game on the schedule this week as Army is favored 32-21 by our Savvy Index against Navy in the last game of the regular season.

We will publish predictions for all bowl games in the next few days.  All of our top 25 rankings are posted at savvygameline.com but for now, our final four teams for the national playoff are:

Savvy PointsRankingTeamWinsLosses
530.01Alabama121
528.92Michigan121
526.73Georgia121
526.44Cincinnati130
About Bobby Albrant 104 Articles
Bobby Albrant is a former journalism major at the University of Oregon, creator of Savvygameline.com for college football predictions and rankings, former analyst for Southern Mississippi football games, and twenty years coaching girls basketball for all ages through CIF high school. He has three grown children with his youngest daughter playing on the Ventura (Ca) High School basketball team that defeated Dom Lugo High School and was the last high school game ever played by Diana Taurasi. He can be reached at bobbywildcat@gmail.com.

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