“Unfortunately, my responsibility as coach at FIU will not allow me to make the trip. This is something that I discussed with coach [Larry Coker], and we have come to an understanding.”
Two wrongs don’t make a right. Coker is coaching the Canes in the 2006 season finale even though he was let go the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Last week I called for Cristobal to not coach this game, listing a litany of reasons why it’s time for both sides to move on. His task list at FIU is a mile long and there’s no reason for him to stick around The U for a meaningless bowl game.
Conversely, Coker will lead Miami – while new head coach Randy Shannon coaches the defense – because he doesn’t have another job lined up yet.
Again, best wishes to Mario. A great call on his part to not accept Coker’s invite to coach his former position players on Sunday night. Time to move on.