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Miami announces Clemson’s Dan Radakovich as new AD, Mario Cristobal as new football coach

The Tigers AD will move south and stay in the ACC. Will he bring Mario Cristobal with him to Coral Gables?

Clemson University Athletic Director Dan Radakovich gets off the bus before the game with NC State University at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., September 25, 2021. Ken Ruinard / staff via Imagn Content Services, LLC

December 9 update: It’s officially official. Radakovich is the new AD at Miami. This comes after the university announced Mario Cristobal as its new football coach.

Update Dec 4 12:03 am: WELP: Maybe not??

Update 11:20 pm: Radakovich is on his way to Coral Gables. Will Mario Cristobal follow him is the only question. Oregon will lose the Pac-12 Championship Game, as they trail Utah 38-10 with five minutes remaining.

Update: As it turns out, Radakovich has not yet formally accepted the job and is only considered an option at this point.

John Canzano of The Oregonian is reporting that Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich will be the new AD for his alma mater, the Miami Hurricanes.

This will be the third ACC athletic director job for one of the most respected leaders in collegiate athletics administration, who was also in charge at Georgia Tech from 2006-12.

Radakovich did his undergrad at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a school that recently lowered their acceptance rate to 93% from 94%. But he got his MBA at Miami in 1982, and was a part of the ‘Canes program as an administrator until 1985.

Mario Cristobal was just 15 years old when Radakovich left The Hecht, so the two did not crossover while in Miami. But other sources are pointing out that the idea of Cristobal making the jump back to South Florida, where he is the son of a proud Cuban family, would seem to make a lot of sense.

Will The U go with alumni for both the AD and head coach position? We’ll find out soon.

This is where we also point out that Manny Diaz still hasn’t been fired by the Hurricanes, though that seems imminent, and is the son of the former mayor of Miami.