According to Oregonlive.com, a source from the University of Oregon’s athletic department confirmed “discussions are ongoing” on a long-term contract extension for Coach Mario Cristobal.
If you’re a Duck’s fan you’re probably pretty hype – even if nothing is guaranteed yet.
Mario Cristobal is 21-7 since he joined Oregon in 2017. Cristobal has built a quality staff and gotten it done on the recruiting trail. After going 12-2 overall last year and narrowly missing the playoffs, he locked up the no. 1 recruiting class in the PAC 12 and no. 12 recruiting class in the nation (2020). I’m hard pressed to find a reason NOT to keep him around.
A contract extension will never guarantee a coach won’t leave, but it sure as hell adds some security. Cristobal’s last contract extension raised the buyouts should Cristobal bolt before Jan. 2021 to $8 million. A new extension would further increase buy out costs and therefore increase the likelihood of his longevity. This would be a smart move by Oregon considering the recent climate of “the real world transfer portal” in coaching.
Stay tuned and we will do our best to keep you updated on the potential extension.