WITH THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE BOOKS, THE OREGON OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR HIRE COULD BE ON THE FAST TRACK – Could Mario Cristobal Pull the Trigger on LSU’s Jorge Munoz?

The LSU Tigers are the 2019 / 20 national champions!

And now that the championship game is in the books, it’s likely the new Oregon offensive coordinator will be hired in the coming days.

Now, there’s no way of really knowing this unless you’re in the head of Ducks head coach Mario Cristobal, but he certainly provided a cryptic answer to the question on Monday when he was asked about the announcement of his choice having anything to do with the timing of the national title game.

Question;     “I’m not going to go through specific names in the O.C search Mario because there are many and I know it’s not fair, I get it.   But, for tonight, because it is the end of the season, does the end of the season play into it and that some people might otherwise be indisposed?

Answer;   “Is this kind of fishing right now?  I’m just asking right now. ( smiles )

Question;   “Well, there’s been reports.  Again, I’m not going to go through specific people.  Does the completion of the season help in reaching finality in all of this?

Answer;  “It may,…or may not.  You know, it’s hard to say.  I just think we have a lot of really good candidates.  And we really vet these guys now.   What I learned getting interviewed back when I was,…I’m not old now, I hope I’m not viewed as an old guy now,…but when I was younger and had the opportunity to go on some really unique interview processes.  I mean I’m talking about putting on your track shoes and stretch out,…I mean you’re going to get worn out.  You’re going to be questioned and quizzed from A to Z from everything from a system, personnel usage, and watching a certain candidates tape and watching our tape,…how would you do it, how would you critique it,…how would you do this here, why didn’t you?  Let’s watch and evaluate prospect tape,…and how do you evaluate guys and what’s important to you and this process.  So, it’s been endless,…I’m not sure I answered your question.  It may, or may not.  We’re just trying to head in a certain direction and we feel good about the direction we’re going and it all points us to getting better.   I think every time you have a vacancy,…and that relates to everyone in the organization, you always have the opportunity to upgrade.   That’s not a dig or a shot at anybody because I think our previous coordinator did a really fine job when he was here, but it’s just the nature of the industry right?  I mean every time you have a guy graduate and move on you hope you recruit well enough to replace him at the same level or better.  Right, you always want to get better.  And that’s how we view any and all of these changes, at any position because college football is what it is right?  The only constant is change.  So you better have your rolodex ready.  You better cut out time and everybody else and make sure you bring in the best people for the organization.” 

Ok, so the very long answer can certainly be interpreted as an end around to the question.

‘It may,…or may not’ answered Cristobal.

If Cristbal was interested in a specific individual coaching in the national championship game, he wouldn’t have complete interview access to that individual until Tuesday, when the game is done and final.

Well the game is done and final.

Jorge Munoz coaching at Louisiana-Lafayette before being hired away at LSU as the Tigers Offensive Analyst.

Jorge Munoz coaching at Louisiana-Lafayette before being hired away at LSU as the Tigers Offensive Analyst.

Reports surfaced a week ago that Oregon and Cristobal were interested in LSU offensive analyst Jorge Munoz.

Munoz, 43, coached ten seasons at Louisiana-Lafayette at most offensive positions,…offensive coordinator, receivers coach, quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator.

In February 2018, Ed Orgeron and the Tiger football program hired Munoz away from Louisiana-Lafayette to become LSU’s new offensive analyst and quarterback guru for Joe Burrow.

With his young age and background, Munoz would be a terrific fit for the Ducks and would certainly bring a truck load of experience with him to mentor the Ducks new young quarterbacks.

He’d also be a huge breath of fresh air when it comes to designing an exciting new and explosive offensive scheme, which was on display Monday night when Burrow carved up the Clemson defense on their way to a national title.

So, yes, it made sense for Cristobal to deflect a little on the question by the Oregonian’s James Crepea as to how the national title game would figure into the Ducks search for a new O.C.

“We’ve done a lot of work before the bowl game.  A lot of work after it” said Cristobal.

“We don’t rush these things because when it’s right, it’s right.   The candidates are all outstanding.    They all bring something to the table that makes us better.  In our opinion it has to hit on all cylinders in terms of, not only a guy that’s great,..x’s and o’s guy,…not only a guy who can recruit really well,…but he has to be a great person.  He has to fit the culture.  Has to be bought in completely.   It has to be something that really just generates the same type of momentum that we’re generating and is completely in.   I feel we’re getting closer and closer,…I hate to put a time limit on it.   Hopefully within the week we’ll come to a decision on that and move forward.”

Would Munoz be a home run hire for the Oregon program?

You bet it would.

Munoz would not only bring to Eugene his experience of winning a national championship and mentoring the Heisman Trophy winner, but he would also bring with him a ton of recruiting expertise in one of the most hotly contested hot beds of recruiting, the SEC, where Cristobal himself has shown his aggressive expertise.

It seems this single hire would check all the boxes Cristobal is searching for.   ( See above answer )

Munoz, a southern California native, is probably most known for installing the offensive attack at UL-Lafayette in 2008 which shattered school records for total offense (5,390 yards) and touchdowns (54).

And as a native of Southern California, there’s no question Munoz is well versed in the recruiting landscape of that area which the Ducks have been extremely aggressive in over the last two cycles.

Money is also something the Ducks have plenty of to court Nunez.

He reportedly made $160,000 a year in 2016 and certainly received a jump in pay at LSU.

But Cristobal and Oregon could certainly lure him into Eugene with a significant pay raise and the opportunity to lead the offense of the hottest football program on the west coast.

Now that the championship game is over, let the phone calls begin!

MARIO CRISTOBAL MONDAY PRESS BRIEFING

 

 

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