UPDATE: Mario Cristobal was introduced officially as the Ducks coach late Friday afternoon.
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When coach Willie Taggart left Oregon after one year on the job, the Ducks wanted to find some stability in their new football coach.
On Friday, they found it when Mario Cristobal was chosen as the team’s head coach, according to multiple local and national reports. Cristobal, Oregon’s co-offensive coordinator this season, initially was tagged as the interim coach after Taggart left Tuesday.
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Oregon faces Boise State on Dec. 16 in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Cristobal is highly regarded as a recruiter and will be tasked with holding together a 2018 class that currently ranks in the top 10 with 247Sports.com. He also coaches the Ducks’ offensive line. This will be his second head coaching job, as he led Florida International from 2007 to 2012, going 27-47 and reaching two bowl games. He coached Alabama’s offensive line from 2013 to 2016.
Senior offensive tackle Tyrell Crosby said more than 70 players signed a petition as of Thursday night to keep Cristobal as the full-time head coach.
Boise State coach Bryan Harsin reportedly interviewed for the Oregon vacancy last year, and it is unknown if he got a look again this time around. He was on the road recruiting this week and has not been available to media. Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported Cal coach Justin Wilcox, a former Oregon player and Boise State assistant, was not a candidate.