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Miami football staff extensive head coaching and coordinator experience




Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal oversees warmups before the game against Oregon State. Eug 111427 Uofb 02

Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal oversees warmups before the game against Oregon State. Eug 111427 Uofb 02

New co-defensive coordinators Kevin Steele and Charlie Strong have extensive experience as head coaches and coordinators. Offensive coordinator Josh Gattis and quarterbacks coach Frank Ponce enter their inaugural season with the Miami football program with previous experience as coordinators.

Steele was the head coach at Baylor from 1999 through 2002 and has 11 years of experience as a defensive coordinator. Strong has 10 years of experience each as a defensive coordinator and a head coach. Strong spent all 10 of his previous seasons as DC and three as a head coach at Power Five programs.

Gattis comes to Miami from Michigan where he was the OC for the last three seasons. Prior to Michigan, Gattis was the Co-OC at Alabama in 2018. Ponce was the Co-OC at Applachian State from 2013 through 2018 and the Mountaineers’ sole OC last season. Mario Cristobal has surrounded himself with an experienced staff.

The connections between Cristobal and his staff are frequently Alabama and Miami. Gattis, Steele and Strong all coached at Alabama under Nick Saban. Cristobal and Strong both grew up in Miami. Ponce played at Miami Senior High and was a high school coach in South Florida from 1992 through 2006 after graduating college.

Mario Cristobal took two months to hire his coordinators, but he ended up with:

Josh Gattis – 2021 Broyles Award winner

Kevin Steele – Former Broyles Award finalist.

Yeah, that’ll work.

— Chris Hummer (@chris_hummer) February 6, 2022

Cristobal was a graduate assistant with the Miami football program from 1998 to 2000 and an assistant coach from 2004 to 2006. The paths of Cristobal and Ponce have an extensive history. Gattis, Ponce, Steele and Strong having experience calling a game provides them with the perspective of game-planning for an opponent.

Steele and Strong have extensive experience in the SEC beyond Alabama. Steele has also coached at Auburn, LSU and Tennessee. Strong was an assistant at Florida, Mississippi and South Carolina. Gattis brings the perspective of coaching in the Big 10 and the SEC. Miami has a staff who has seen multiple styles of football.

Miami plays at Texas A&M on September 17 and Clemson on November 19. In addition to the other seven ACC games and three other non-conference games, Cristobal has a staff that has prepared for big games throughout their careers. Knowing how to game plan should help Miami enter its inaugural season under Cristobal.

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Two matches announced for tonight’s WWE SmackDown




WWE has announced additional matches for Friday Night SmackDown as two singles matches have been added to the card.

Xavier Woods vs. Butch and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Sami Zayn were announced this afternoon on WWE’s website.

When Nakamura attempted to call out Roman Reigns for his attack several weeks ago, Zayn came out instead as he was out to prove he can be an asset to The Bloodline. Zayn recently beat Nakamura with a Helluva Kick to earn a count-out victory.

Last week on SmackDown, Butch earned a win over Kofi Kingston. Woods has two wins thus far over Butch.

The show is being built around the winner take all title unification bout between Raw Tag Team Champions RK-Bro and SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos, a match that was originally slated to take place at WrestleMania Backlash. WWE may have spoiled the result of the match on social media.

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Kenny Omega not close to making an in-ring return




It’s been over six months since Kenny Omega last wrestled inside of a wrestling ring and fans will be waiting a little bit longer for him to return.

He’s been away since November after dropping the World Title to Adam Page at the Full Gear pay-per-view event. Omega took time off due to injuries that needed to be surgically repaired.

While away from in-ring action, he has been working behind the scenes in AEW and is part of the development team for AEW’s upcoming video game. Despite rumblings that he could be close to making a return, that’s not the case.

The Young Bucks recently teased that when Omega is healthy he would return and face Vikingo. Dave Meltzer reported in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that “there isn’t even close to a date set for Omega to return.” He added that the third AAA TripleMania event isn’t until October and if Omega is healthy then this was a match he personally asked for.

Vikingo won the vacant AAA Mega Championship after Omega vacated the title at the end of 2021.

Omega previously stated that he hoped to be back in action by February, but admitted at the time that he was a little too optimistic and that turned out to be the case.

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Matt Hardy says Vince McMahon would punish and insult Bray Wyatt when he didn’t like his creative contributions




This week on “The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy,” Hardy discussed the relationship between Bray Wyatt and Vince McMahon, as well as Bray’s overall creativity.

Matt Hardy explaining the relationship between Bray Wyatt and Vince McMahon:

“Windham (Bray Wyatt) has always had a very strange relationship with Vince, very strange, like, I almost felt like Vince looked at him like a son in some ways,” Hardy said.

“When he would do things that he liked, he would love him and he would really give him everything that he could possibly give him. He would bend over backwards to try and accommodate him. But then when he did something he didn’t like, he hated, like he was going to lock him away for good.”

“It was almost like a really weird, a really strange and different duality that Vince shared with Bray. When he liked him or loved him, he was all about him. But when he disliked him, oh my god, it was really bad and he would like punish him and insult him. To me, it was so strange. It was almost like a parent.”

Matt talking about the creativeness of Bray Wyatt:

“He’s just an out of the box thinker. He’s also a very interesting person. Some of the material that he reads and studies is stuff that is just really out of the blue, things that you wouldn’t expect.”

“He’s a very well versed and educated person and he has a lot of interests. I feel like that makes him overly creative in many ways. His thought process of trying to do things new and differently is very unique and very special just to himself. Not a lot of people think like he does. He’s very unique and it really is a very special talent and gift that he has when it comes to being creative.”

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit “The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy” with a h/t to for the transcription.

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