MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Rutgers University lost their head coach to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, but their top target to replace him may come from right here in South Florida.

Florida International University head coach Mario Cristobal is expected to be the top choice for the state university of New Jersey. If he chose to leave FIU, Cristobal would walk into a familiar situation at Rutgers.

Before turning around the FIU program, Cristobal was the tight ends and offensive line coach under Schiano. Still, Cristobal was also rumored to be the top choice at Pitt, but chose to stick with FIU.

Cristobal could keep the flow of Florida recruits open to Rutgers, especially South Florida recruits, given Cristobal’s home is South Florida.

Whoever takes over at Rutgers will have to quickly try to hold onto a recruiting class that currently has four four-star players, according to National Signing Day is set for next Wednesday.

But, according to, Rutgers may have a hard time spending a lot of money on a head coach.

The school used $27 million in university and student-fee money to balance the athletic budget, which was the highest subsidy of any schools in the country, according to

Comments (2)
  1. paolo says:

    that dumb cuban cristobal is overrated much like his team it would be a mistake to hire him… fraud international university will be back to reality this year they only made it to a bowl game because there were so many bowl eligible teams who couldnt play due to NCAA sanctions otherwise fraud international wouldnt play in a bowl game.

    1. Andres Velasco Coll says:

      Damn man, angry about something? There’s counseling for that, you know.

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