Continueing with the On coaches/ Graduate assistants and other...
But first the disclaimer...no one has taken ownership of this book...the author states he was a member of the football coaching staff, so again some items may be true, some items maybe the authors on thoughts projected on to others, and some well....lies
Cramsey - writer states that MC was excited to land Cramsey. Cramsey was interviewed by MC and Mirabal in 2012 at the American Football Coaches Association Convention. And he was chosen over Nick Rolovich (hired by Nevada). Cramsey and MC differed in approach; due largely to Chip Cramsey believed in reps while MC's approach was Hands on. This was a far different approach as Cramsey used made corrections in the classroom not field. The Offensive staff had been accustomed to MCs style. There is no reference to wether or not this became an issue.
Directions from MC to coaches...
Per author Coaches were not allowed to tell players who was traveling. Mainly because they didn't know. MC would make the final decision on Thursday evening and the ops staff would notify the position coaches.
An example of problems was give as the author says that on one Thursday evening Johnny Durante could OT be reached. He is described as moody, reserved, and nonresponsive... Durante did not make trip..claim was that his father was ill.
On Local players - claims that this is sometimes an issue as players used their home lives as excuses to get out of team responsibilities. Infact claiming that this is a draw back of having such a strong recruiting area.
Writer notes that at FIU all coaches and staff had to purchase their own tickets out of pocket. And as such some coaches and their immediate family didn't attend games.
Juan Navarro - author writes that MC helped raise Navarro in terms of NCAA football. Helped bring him to UM and then to FIU. By 2012 Navarro was done with MC and openly mocked his interviews and the way MC was portrayed to other members of the staff. Claims that Navarro thought Cristobal was anything but the leader he was claim as. This is large contrast to the Mexicoach Twitter account that at times uses the very funny. ..#theHouseThatMCbuilt..and to close it is stated that MC knew what Navarro thought of him.
Also stated was that Navarro was not able to control the defiant Fraser.
Cristobal had few friends in and out of the game. His closest friends on staff were Alex Mirabal.....and Dennis "Train" Smith.
"People liked Mirabal....Mirabal commanded respect"
"....They (people) did not like Smith". Smith is said that other coaches felt he did things to undermine Cristobals view of them and was perceived as a back stabber.
"he cared a great deal about the student athletes and their welfare but he was not tuned with their needs."
Also disclosed that Dolphins special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi a friend of Cristobal suggested the switch of special teams coordinator from Coach Wright to overwhelmed Popovich. Note that under Wright we had had one of the best special teAms in the country...in 2012 not so much...the switch was made with out justification according to the writer. Wright took demotion in stride and didn't voice his opinion.
Mostly everyone else knew to stay away and just work hard because the prospect of a job, any job not at FIU was on the horizon if they could just pull off a fantastic season.
Ponce and Chad Smith- Ponce and Smith had an altercation after the Louisville game in the shower and locker room that had to be broken up by MC and Juan Lozano. Ponce was in the wrong and Chad was reprimanded...Smith than distanced himself from MC and the rest of the staff.
Chad Smith - worked hard over the summers and grew tired of all the changes MC did to the weight groups and times.
The debacle to ULL - the flight was over weight and therefore severely delayed. Administrators yelled ant guest and later to the airline employees. Equipment Manager volunteered to drive the equipment to Lafayette. This was a PG special and MC displayed his displeasure to travel arrangements. A delay of 3 hrs.
On fresh Raymond Jackson following the loss to the Cajun's -
...Jackson was telling everyone that he should have stayed in Louisiana to play for the Ragin' Cajun. He made sure that other players heard this. He talked about it on the plane ride home.
. Sadly no one shut him up...
On froth Nick England...
...coaches thought highly of but who was a malingerer. He constantly complained about everything in the program and was open about wanting to transfer...
Something else on Garcia after Troy game....
Garcia departed quickly with his date taking one of the buses...staff members had to stand on the buses that took the players back to airport..
there was no room for losers on Garcia's Bus