One of the Crimson Tide’s top assistants is leaving Tuscaloosa.
Per SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner, offensive line coach Mario Cristobal is leaving Alabama to become the co-Offensive coordinator at Oregon on Willie Taggart’s staff. Cristobal spent the past season coaching tackles and tight ends, while Brent Key was coaching the guards and centers.
Cristobal has developed a reputation as one of the top recruiters in the country and as Alabama has secured a number of 5-star offensive line commitments such as Alex Leatherwood in 2017 and Jonah Williams in 2016 and Cam Robinson in 2014.
Cristobal was also the Crimson Tide’s recruiting coordinator.
He was also the former head coach at Florida International as well as the offensive line coach at Miami, his alma mater. He spent the past four seasons at Alabama. In 2015 Cristobal’s unit won the Joe Moore Award, which is given to the nation’s top offensive line in the country.
Alabama has the No. 1 recruiting class in the country and offensive line commitments from Leatherwood, a 5-star and the No. 6 prospect in the 247Sports composite, Elliot Baker, the nation’s No. 1 JUCO tackle, 4-star OT Jedrick Wills, 4-star OT Kendall Rudolph and 3-star center Hunter Barron.
Cristobal is the second Alabama offensive assistant to depart this offseason, as Lane Kiffin left to take the head coaching job at Florida Atlantic. Kiffin was replaced by Steve Sarkisian.