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Details of Mario Cristobal's new contract, AD praises Cristobal

Mario Cristobal is set to enter his fifth year as the head coach at FIU and he’ll do so with a new contract.

FIU rewarded Cristobal with a 5-year contact on Tuesday.

Athletic director Pete Garcia explained the Miami Herald, “People don’t realize what a hard job he’s had the last four years, taking a program that was broken. He didn’t have a weight room, didn’t have a stadium, didn’t have full scholarships. The program had probably the worst APR in the country.”

Under Cristobal, the Golden Panthers have finished with records of 1-11, 5-7, 3-9, and 7-6.  After a rough start, Cristobal kept believing and led the Golden Panthers in 2010 to a place they never would have imagined.  (Dancing on the field to 1966 smash hit, "I Hear a Symphony.")

Here are the details of Mario Cristobal’s new contract:

The annual salary will be $453,183.  Cristobal received a $50,000 signing bonus and will receive another $50,000 on June 30, 2012 if he is still the FIU head coach.  After that, he’ll receive a $25,000 bonus each June 30 he is still the head coach. Cristobal also receives $10,000 bonuses for a bowl game, winning a bowl game, being conference coach of the year, and for the team grade point average being at least 2.5, and an Academic Progress Rate over 940.  The contract also allows for a $112,000 budgetary increase that can be used at Cristobal’s discretion for various costs, including assistant coach pay.

FIU opens the season by hosting North Texas.  The non-conference schedule includes at Louisville, UCF, Duke, and at Akron.

Colorado State coach Steve Fairchild talks about the pressure in coaching

Steve Fairchild is set to enter his fourth season as Colorado State head coach and believes it would be very disappointing if the Rams are not in a bowl game this season.

Fairchild talked with the Denver Post about the pressure of coming off back-to-back 3-9 seasons.

He said, “I've heard a lot of things going into this year, people talking about pressure, people talk about a hot seat and all of that. I will say this: That's the way it was the first year. I think most people that know college football know that's the way it is every year in every job. Somebody might say it would be different if you won nine games last year; I really don't think it is.”

There is definitely some truth to that statement.

“I think there's pressure in this business and in this sport to win and to win every year. I knew what I was getting into when I took this job. I knew it was going to take some time. I'm also smart enough to realize that we're at a point now where all of our recruiting and all of our training with these guys needs to show up on the field. I'm pretty confident it will.”

“In Year 1 we probably overachieved a little bit and got ourselves in a bowl game. Year 2, we definitely underachieved, and I've got to look in the mirror, and our staff too, and realize that. We were a better football team than 3-9. Last year I knew was going to be tough. Could we have won more games? Yeah. But I knew that was going to be a tough year. So, yes, but we all know that this is a results-oriented business, and you can't go 3-9. So, if you are in fact recruiting well and are in fact doing the right thing, then it's got to show up on the field.”

Colorado State opens the season by hosting New Mexico.  A week later, the Rams will host Northern Colorado before playing Colorado in Denver.

Here is more from Coach Fairchild:

Everett Withers: I always thought as a coach that you're day-to-day anyway

Did you know that Everett Withers is the first black head football coach at North Carolina.  In fact, he’s only the second black head coach in any sport in Chapel Hill.

North Carolina officials have stated that Withers will have the opportunity to compete for the permanent head coaching job, but Withers doesn’t seem interested in making a public push for the job.

At least, not yet.

During the David Glenn Radio Show, Withers talked about his approach.  Withers said, “I’m gonna work every day like I’ve worked.  I always thought as a football coach that you were day-to-day anyway.”

“My thought in that aspect is I’m going to come to work hoping I get the next day.  So I’m going to have the same approach.  Our focus is going to be helping these kids have the best experience they can have.  If we can do that, regardless of what happens at the end of this thing, this thing will be a success for us.”

North Carolina opens the season by hosting James Madison.  The Tar Heels will remain at home the following two weeks to host Rutgers and Virgina.

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The time has come for 12 first-time head coaches

It’s about that time.  August camp is here for twelve first-time head coaches.

The list includes Will Muschamp (Florida), James Franklin (Vanderbilt), David Shaw (Stanford), Bill Blankenship (Tulsa), Steve Addazio (Temple), Dave Doeren (Northern Illinois), Kevin Wilson (Indiana), Don Treadwell (Miami OH), Darrell Hazell (Kent State), Hugh Freeze (Arkansas State), Everett Withers (North Carolina), and Jon Embree (Colorado).

Colorado head coach Jon Embree realizes it's here and told the Denver Post,”Once you ate that wedding cake, now what do we do? I know the honeymoon is going to be over quick."

"I'm very optimistic about our team and our players. But I know we're going to probably be underdogs in every game we play.”

Embree is about to begin laying the new foundation, one that will be as simple as the coffee he drinks.

"Black. I take my coffee straight, with nothing except a couple Sweet'N Low. No foamed milk or toffee nut syrup for him. I'm not a fancy guy. I like to run the football."

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Randy Edsall looking forward to new uniforms, apparently a Wiz Khalifa fan

Maryland is set to unveil brand new uniforms later this month.

One of Randy Edsall’s goals is to create a surge of in-state pride that will parlay into stronger local recruiting.  Edsall is making an effort to keep the best local talent in the state of Maryland at home to play for the Terps.

In order to accomplish that goal, Edsall asked Under Armour to create new uniforms that will feature “Maryland” on the chest of the jerseys. In the past several years, only the word "Terps" has appeared in small letters across the front.

By all accounts, the new uniforms are drastically different than the previous look.  Maryland is essentially recreating its brand.

Gone are the player’s names on the back.  In addition to the traditional red and white uniforms, Maryland will now have alternative black & yellow uniforms.  Edsall, from what we hear, is a huge Wiz Khalifa fan.  Always on his iPod.

Here’s a sneak peak at some photos that have leaked.  (We’d hate to see Maryland (all gold) vs. Wyoming (all brown) in a bowl game).

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