Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal doesn’t have a catchy slogan or a signature mustache but he is one of a kind. The No. 7 Oregon Ducks are enjoying a bye week ahead of its next matchup against Arizona in Autzen Stadium on Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Seems like a perfect opportunity to dive into 10 facts you may not know about the man leading the Ducks.
1. HE’S ENDORSED BY DWAYNE ‘THE ROCK’ JOHNSON
Born and raised in Miami, Fla., Cristobal went on to play offensive line for the Miami Hurricanes from 1989–1992, winning national titles in 1989 and 1991. He was teammates with wrestler and movie star, Dwayne Johnson, also known as The Rock.
2. HELLO, MOM
Cristobal calls his mom, who he frequently visits in Miami, after every game before he meets with the media. Cristobal apologized to media members in Los Angeles for a delay because his mom “was pretty fired up” following Oregon’s 56-24 win over USC last Saturday.
3. HE DOESN’T SLEEP MUCH
In multiple interviews over his time as head coach, Cristobal has mentioned that he doesn’t sleep much. Especially before marquee matchups (i.e. Auburn and Washington), the coach led on that he sleeps very little and only sleeps at all because he has to function.
4. THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE AUTZEN
Oregon is 11-1 at Autzen Stadium under Cristobal. The Ducks are currently on a eight-game winning streak at home, good for the longest streak since a 10-game run from 2013 into 2014.
5. A HUSBAND, A PARENT
Cristobal and his wife, Jessica, were married in June 2006 and have two sons: Mario Mateo and Rocco. The three regularly celebrate with Cristobal on the field after victories.
6. GREAT FIST PUMP
After celebrating with his team, Cristobal always greets the Ducks fans that travel to away games or a lucky Jesus fan (see below) at home.
"Without question. I feel we need to be in that conversation," Cristobal said after Oregon’s victory against USC.
8. LINEMAN AT HEART
Cristobal’s streak with an offensive lineman selected in the NFL Draft extended to five consecutive years when senior left tackle Tyrell Crosby was taken by the Detroit Lions in the 2018 NFL Draft.
9. TOP-NOTCH RECRUITER
The Ducks have reaped the benefits of Cristobal, who was National Recruiter of the Year in the 2015. In his first full recruiting cycle as head coach, Cristobal and his staff landed a 2019 class that ranked the highest ever for the program and the top in the Pac-12 conference. Under Cristobal, Oregon has finished in the top two in the Pac-12 recruiting rankings for two consecutive years, for the first time ever.
10. HIS TEAM VOUCHED FOR HIM
After Taggart’s departure, about 70 Oregon players signed a petition lobbying for Cristobal to take over the program. He was named interim coach for the Las Vega Bowl and shortly after, head coach.
BONUS: OREGON LOVE
Following Willie Taggart’s dismissal from Florida State, some Duck fans began to panic that Cristobal could be lured away from Eugene. Here are his comments from Pac-12 Media Day in 2018.
“Well, the energy is awesome. But let's call it what it is. Oregon's an awesome place. When I was in Miami, I knew Oregon was an awesome place. When I was at Alabama, I knew Oregon was an awesome place.
When you combine that with the fact that we have high energy, relentless, tireless workers as coaches, most importantly, they're very real, very genuine, no head faking, no nonsense. The fact that when you look at the level of expertise from the guys that we put on our staff, if I'm a student-athlete and I look for a place to go that's committed to me and has the ability to take me to the next level, it's hard to beat.”