Cristobal speaks about return to Miami

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Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013 4:50 pm

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Mario Cristobal always considered himself part of the Miami football family, even when he wasn't with the Hurricanes.

The way he sees it, his family is back together now.

Cristobal spoke for the first time Friday since becoming the Hurricanes' associate head coach under Al Golden. The move came about a month after Cristobal was fired after six seasons as the head coach at Florida International, although he led the program to a pair of bowl games.

Cristobal says, "It always has been an honor to be part of this family, and certainly a tremendous honor to be back."

Cristobal won two national championships at Miami as a player, then was a graduate assistant at the school and eventually an assistant coach.

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