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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Mario Cristobal
Rutgers was in contract discussions Monday with Florida International's Mario Cristobal to become the Scarlet Knights' football coach, a person familiar with the negotiations said.
Florida International football coach Mario Cristobal won't be leaving to take over at Rutgers after the school pursued him to replace Greg Schiano, a person familiar with the decision said Monday.
Rutgers has turned to assistant Kyle Flood to replace Greg Schiano as the team's head coach, hours after Florida International's Mario Cristobal passed on a chance to take over the Scarlet Knights.
For Florida International, a bowl victory would cap off a fast rise.
"You are looking at a group of seniors who came into absolutely nothing," Cristobal said. "A winless team with no facility, nowhere to work out _ we didn't even have a place to watch film. Now, all of a sudden at the end of their senior year, they find themselves as conference champions with a chance to play in a bowl game on national television."
"This is a great Christmas present and a phenomenal opportunity," coach Mario Cristobal said. "It's certainly the validation of a lot of hard work."