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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Source: Alabama hires Mario Cristobal

By Edward Aschoff

It didn't take long for Nick Saban to find a replacement for former offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland.

With Stoutland leaving the Crimson Tide to take a job with the Philadelphia Eagles, Alabama has hired Mario Cristobal as his replacement, a source inside the program told Alex Scarborough of ESPN's TideNation. CBS Sports originally reported Cristobal's hire. Cristobal is leaving Miami after he was hired in January to be the Hurricanes' tight ends coach and associate head coach. Cristobal was also the head coach at FIU from 2007-12.

Cristobal walks into his new job facing the challenge of replacing three valued starters on Alabama's offensive line, but he does have some experience when it comes to coaching the big fellas up front. He coached Rutgers' offensive line and tight ends from 2001-03 and coached Miami's offensive line in 2006.

He was also an offensive tackle at Miami during his college days (1989-92).

So, it's not like Cristobal won't know what he's doing while he tries to restructure the Tide's offensive line. He also brings a heavy amount of experience recruiting in South Florida. That was Stoutland's recruiting area, and with Cristobal so familiar with that part of the state, he should have no problem picking up where Stoutland left off with all of the ties he has down there.