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Mario Cristobal listed among candidates to replace Gus Malzahn at Auburn

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The University of Auburn decided to make huge news on Sunday, as Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn was fired in surprising fashion after the team’s 24-10 win over Mississippi State to close out the regular season.

Malzahn was the coach for the Tigers for the past 8 seasons, as his performance has been fairly inconsistent during his time as head coach.

Auburn hasn’t made the College Football Playoffs or made a BCS National Championship appearance since 2013.

The organization decided that changes needed to be done and today was the day to make it.

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The firing of Malzahn is very fresh at the moment and names for the next coaching spot are already making their ways on social media.

Yahoo! Sports' Pete Thamel threw out some names that Auburn is having their eyes on to take the spot.

And Oregon’s Mario Cristobal is one of them

Cristobal names come up because he was a former Alabama assistant before taking the helm at Oregon, making him very familiar with the SEC West 

In his three years at Oregon, he has compiled a 24-9 record, won a Pac-12 championship and topped Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl last season, and had Oregon ranked No. 5 in the country.

I can understand why Cristobal is an interesting grab for Auburn with their coaching spot vacant. He has strong recruiting prowess, as well as having ties to recruits in South Florida, easily making him a perfect fit for any SEC school.

 

Cristobal would be a fantastic choice for Auburn. However, Oregon also knows how important their head coach has been to the program in the last three years. 

Per the Oregonian’s John Canzano, Oregon is making it known that they are going to try and sign Cristobal to a long-term deal to make sure the coach stays in the Pac-12 for years to come.

Here is my thing: I don’t see Cristobal leaving Oregon anytime soon, and I expect him to take the extension and stay in the Pac-12.

I could be wrong, obviously, but what he has done in the last three seasons and what he can do for years to come for the program does bear some weight.

If anything, the Auburn opening just brought the price up for Cristobal and his staff to make they stay.

Cristobal could potentially stamp his legacy at Oregon if he stays and brings a national championship to the Pac-12 if that is something he truly wants to do.

Could Cristobal cash out and make a lot of money if he stays at Oregon? Possibly. Could he also thrive at Auburn if he heads back to the SEC? Absolutely.

The ball is in Crisotbal's court right now and what he wants to do with his coaching future. All we can do now is wait and see what he decides with his coaching career.