MIAMI (CBS4) – Florida International University’s football team is coming off the best year in school history that included a bowl win in the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl.

Now, FIU athletic director Pete Garcia said that reaching a contract extension with FIU head coach Mario Cristobal is a top priority for the school this year, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald.

“He’s done a very good job here,” Garcia told the Herald. “For all the recruits out there, you should know the goal is for us to extend him. We intend on extending Mario Cristobal’s contract.”

According to the Herald, Cristobal and the school haven’t had formal discussions about a contract extension, but Garcia said it’s simply a matter of when, not if.

Cristobal has compiled a 16-33 record for his career and has coached at Rutgers, Miami, and FIU. He’s currently getting paid around $400,000 per season. He’s the highest paid coach in the Sun Belt conference, so he may not get much of a raise, but would have long-term job security with an extension.

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