Little Caesar's Bowl: FIU Coach Mario Cristobal Has a Bright Future

James EvensCorrespondent IDecember 30, 2010

GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 21: Coacg Mario Cristobal of the Florida International University Golden Panthers directs play against the Florida Gators, November 21, 2009 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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FIU coach Mario Cristobal recently coached his team to a victory in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl over Toledo in a 34-32 victory.  The game was thrilling, as were the decisions made by both coaches, in this highly competitive football game.

Cristobal has a very bright future in college football and coaching in general, and is a name that needs to be watched when high caliber jobs open up.

In his first two years at FIU, Cristobal led the team to only one victory, in what were a disappointing few seasons.

Nevertheless, he and his players stuck with it and continued to persevere with dreams of winning the Sun Belt conference and playing in the school's first bowl game.  

This happened in 2010, when FIU made it to the Little Caesars Bowl.

They started off the season 0-4 against some very decent opponents, including Texas A&M and Maryland, both schools from big conferences that also made bowl games this season.

It was a struggle, but they made it to the promised land with their victory against Toledo.

At the post game press conference, Cristobal stated, "It was our Super Bowl, at FIU the celebrations may be over the top, but when the emotion is out of me, it's time to quit coaching the game." He said this with tears in his eyes as he was so overcome with joy after some very long seasons of football with the Golden Panthers.

Cristobal is a great football coach who will continue taking FIU to bowl games year in and year out, until he is recognized and given a job at the major conference level.