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Four years ago, Mario Cristobal inherited a monumental challenge when he became FIU Football's second head coach. The program was wracked with NCAA sanctions, scholarship losses, played in a high school stadium, had very limited football facilities and racquetball courts for a weight room.

As FIU Football enters its 10th season of play with the opening of training camp this afternoon, the Panthers are no longer dealing with NCAA sanctions, have all their scholarships restored, play in a new FIU Stadium, work in a new fieldhouse and train in a spacious brand new weight room.

Under MC's watch, the recruiting has improved ten-fold, there's been a complete turnaround in the Panthers' discipline and work ethic, the team's academics have soared and most importantly, FIU is the defending Sun Belt Champion and reached and won its first bowl game last season. For all this MC, the 2010 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year, got a well-deserved new 5-year contract late Tuesday night. The new deal will keep MC at FIU through the 2016 season.

You can read all about it: HERE

*Thanks Sam Lewis photo

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