Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal oversees warmups before the game against Oregon State.

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Report: Oregon offers contract extension to Mario Cristobal

Oregon has offered to extend the contract of football coach Mario Cristobal in an effort to keep him with the Ducks, ESPN and the Oregonian reported Friday.

Miami is pursuing Cristobal and the Hurricanes are optimistic they can lure him away from Oregon to replace coach Manny Diaz, the Miami Herald reported Friday. Cristobal, 51, is a Miami native who has played and coached for the Hurricanes.

ESPN quoted sources as saying the new contract offer to Cristobal is “aggressive” and is similar to other head-coaching deals reached recently. Michigan State’s Mel Tucker last week landed a 10-year, $95 million contract extension to remain with Michigan State.

Cristobal is in his fourth full season at Oregon. He is 35-12 overall, including 10-2 this season, for the 10th-ranked Ducks. His Oregon teams are 2-2 in bowl games; the Ducks will meet Utah on Friday night in the Pac-12 title game in Las Vegas.

Last December, Cristobal signed a new six-year, $27.3 million deal through the 2025 season. With incentives, including a Pac-12 title, he could earn over $5.5 million this season, ESPN reported.

The outlet said Cristobal would have to pay Oregon a $9 million buyout if he exits for another school before Jan. 14.

–Field Level Media

Catholic's TJ Dudley poses for a portrait at Montgomery Catholic High School in Montgomery, Ala., on Monday, June 8, 2020.

Oregon lands 4-star LB TJ Dudley over Alabama, UCF, Texas

The Oregon Ducks landed a verbal commit from coveted four-star linebacker TJ Dudley on Monday as the school continues to pick up recruiting momentum on Pac-12 rival USC.

The Montgomery, Ala., native picked the Ducks ahead of reported candidates such as Alabama, Central Florida and Texas, making the announcement live on CBS Sports’ website.

Dudley, listed as 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, is considered a top-10 prospect out of the state and reportedly marks the second high school prospect to leave his home in Alabama for Eugene. He joins four-star quarterback Tanner Bailey.

Just two days earlier, Ducks head coach Mario Cristobal saw two-year starting linebacker Isaac Slade-Matautia enter the NCAA’s transfer portal. Oregon is still considered by most recruiting services to have the second-ranked incoming class in the conference behind USC.

–Field Level Media