EUGENE, Ore. – Many Duck fans are optimistic for what’s to come after the University of Oregon announced Mario Cristobal as the new head coach on Friday.
KEZI spoke with several fans and students, who said they appreciate the university for hiring someone already in the program.
More than 70 Duck football players signed a petition Thursday asking for UO Athletic Director Rob Mullens to hire Cristobal as the head coach. After a team meeting to announce the hiring, Mullens reportedly admitted the players’ support for Cristobal was a factor in the decision.
One UO student said listening to what the players think is crucial for a successful team.
"I think for three quarters of the team to say this is the guy we want, I think that's pretty powerful,” Chris Kircher said.
KEZI also spoke with Mark Musgrove, who has been a donor and fan of the Ducks for several decades. He believes Cristobal is a good fit for this program.
“I think that Mario is a great guy, the kids are behind him and I think he has the experience to take Oregon to where we want to go,” Musgrove said.
Musgrove said he has met Cristobal a few times. He said he brings a lot of energy and is excited to see what the coach can do.
Cristobal will coach his first game as the on December 16 at the Las Vegas Bowl against Boise State.