According to's Jeremy Fowler, Alabama has hired Mario Cristobal as its offensive line coach. Cristobal will take over for Jeff Stoutland, who departed Tuscaloosa for a position on Chip Kelly's Philadelphia Eagles staff.

Cristobal is considered a great hire from analysts across college football. Along with the head coaching experience, the former Miami Hurricane offensive tackle will bring a strong connection to the south Florida area, which will benefit recruiting. Cristobal joins Kevin Steele as former head coaches that have been added to the Crimson Tide staff in the last week.

Cristobal inherited an 0-12 Golden Panthers' team in 2006. By year four, he had guided FIU to a 6-2 conference record and a Sun Belt Conference Championship. That team defeated Toledo 34-32 in the Little Ceasars Bowl to finish with the school's first winning record.