Miami Football-The Beast Unleased: Don’t Blame Mario for going to Alabama
Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?
They say timing is everything. However, sometimes, there is no perfect time. Sure we’d love our lives to go like clockwork; for the opportunities we desire to present themselves exactly when we are ready for them. If that were the case, there would be no such thing as missed opportunities. There would be no such thing as regret. Instead, we live lives filled with regret and missed opportunities because we all face tough choices at times, and when we make those choices we try to be as logical and mindful as we can, but in the end, the best choice may not be the popular one. Mario Cristobal made the best choice for him and his family by accepting the position at Alabama. And for those of you that are proclaiming him “dead to us,” grow up.
Mario didn’t chose to be blasted out of the FIU gig he passed up other jobs for. Pete Garcia did something almost unthinkable when he told Mario to take a hike. The stars aligned and Mario ended up back at his alma mater. We say in the EJ room and watched Mario smile from ear to ear as he was bursting from happiness and drive as he talked to the media about being back at The U. We all rejoiced. The rejoicing was short lived. Nick Saban came calling.
In any walk of life, in any profession, there are certain jobs, certain opportunities that may arise that just can’t be passed up on. If you’re in politics and the president comes calling, well, you head for the West Wing. If you’re in journalism and the New York Times comes calling, well, you head for Times Square. If you are a college coach, and Nick Saban and Alabama comes calling, well, you get your elephant shirt out and head to Tuscaloosa. Alabama is the creme de la creme of college football right now. They have one of the highest, if not the highest, paid coaching staffs in the country. They have every tool and facility needed to be successful. They have 40 dudes in operations as the backbone to what amounts to the college equivalent of an NFL operation. How do you pass that up?
I know, I know, you’re shouting about loyalty. Well there’s all types of loyalty. There’s no doubt that there’s a special place in Mario’s heart for The U. But shouldn’t he have loyalty to himself, to his goals, to his growth, to his family, and to his future? He’s been at UM. He has that on his resume. He has the bling to prove it. He’s been a head coach. Why should we hold it against him if he wants to go play with the big boys in the best conference with the best program and with arguably the best coach. I’m in radio. Do you think I’d pass up the opportunity if Howard Stern came calling? I mean I’m incredibly loyal to allCanes for their support of allCanes Radio, and CANEINSIDER for their support, and Lincoln Financial Media (The Ticket’s parent company) for giving me the opportunity, but if I get a chance to work with the number one radio host, possibly ever, I’m outtie like Gowdy. Is that being disloyal or is it being smart?
So you mean to tell me that if four or five years from now, if Al Golden takes his talents somewhere else, and Mario’s name comes up for the head gig, you’re going to tell him to back off because he ditched us? PUHLEASE!
Yes he’ll be recruiting against us and taking “our kids” out of South Florida, but it’s business, not pleasure. Being a coach in college athletics means you have to resume build every chance you get. I’m sorry folks, but right now having that Elephant on your resume does a lot more for you than having That U stamped there. I’m sure Al is pissed off. I don’t doubt that. The timing does such, but if Al Golden were in the exact same situation, he’d be nuts not to do the same thing. Why does Al Golden want to be at The U? He wants to be here because if he’s the guy that brings this program through the fog and gets it back on top, he can name his gig. After a few years in Tuscaloosa, Mario Cristobal will be able to name his gig too, and it might be back here in the 305. Yes Hurricanes fans, you have a right to be upset now, but don’t hold a grudge. You never want to hate on family. Especially when you may need to lean upon that family in the future.
So here I go it’s my shot.
Feet fail me not, this may be the only opportunity that I got