Alabama offensive tackles and tight ends coach Mario Cristobal has been a hot commodity lately.
FootballScoop reported earlier in the week that Cristobal had been offered a job on Willie Taggart’s staff at Oregon and that Jim McElwain was considering him if the Florida offensive line coaching position opens.
But for Cristobal, that’s all a bunch of noise. At media day leading up to Monday’s National Championship game, Cristobal told BamaOnLine’s Charlie Potter that he isn’t concerning himself with other opportunities while he diligently prepares for Clemson.
“Every offseason we have the same answer,” Cristobal told BamaOnLine. “It’s like, ‘We don’t even talk about other jobs at this time of year.’ But I appreciate you asking.”
Cristobal is serving in his first season under a revised role on Nick Saban’s staff, moving from the entire offensive line to a focus on offensive tackles and adding tight ends with the addition of Brent Key, who coaches the interior offensive line. Cristobal coaches tight ends as recently as 2005 when he was at Miami.
Although he didn’t indicate whether he would strongly consider those openings after Monday’s game, he did indicate that he’s enjoyed working at Alabama and has enjoyed his changed role.
“It’s been awesome,” Cristobal said. “I’ve got a chance to do everything, continue to increase responsibilities, work with guys that are elite talents and guys that you wouldn’t know they were elite-talent guys because of their demeanor and attitudes.”
Cristobal has been on Saban’s staff since 2013 coaching the offensive line. Before that, he was FIU’s head coach from 2007 to 2012.