Mario Cristobal Returning to South Florida to Become University of Miami’s Head Football Coach

Mario Cristobal is returning home…

The 51-year-old  51-year-old Cuban-American football coach has announced plans to leave the University of Oregon to become the University of Miami‘s head football coach.

Mario CristobalCristobal’s contract at Miami will be in the range of $8 million annually, and Miami also plans to pay his $9 million buyout at Oregon, according to ESPN.

“My family and I are excited to return home to the University of Miami, which has been so instrumental in shaping me as a person, player, and coach,” Cristobal said in a statement. “This program has an unparalleled tradition and an exciting future ahead of it. I can’t wait to compete for championships and help mold our student-athletes into leaders on and off the field who will make our University, our community, and our loyal fan base proud.”

Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens told reporters Monday that Miami never reached out to him to express interest in talking to Cristobal.

“The usual courtesy is to reach out to the institution, and that never happened,” he said.

However, he said he was well aware that Miami was interested in Cristobal.

“We understand that’s the alma mater, that’s home and all the elements that go into it,” he said.

Mullens said that he isn’t sure which assistant coaches will follow Cristobal to Miami. Once that becomes clear, Oregon will name an interim coach.

Cristobal informed Ducks players of his decision at a team meeting Monday in Eugene. Just before the Oregon meeting, Miami announced the firing of coach Manny Diaz and a forthcoming hire of Diaz’s replacement.

Cristobal is a Miami native, was a Hurricanes offensive lineman for two national championship teams, and a Miami assistant from 2004 to 2006.

Miami has aggressively pursued Cristobal for several weeks to replace Diaz, and it ramped up its efforts late last week. Oregon presented Cristobal with an enhanced contract offer to remain, which the coach acknowledged after Friday night’s loss to Utah in the Pac-12 championship game in Las Vegas. But Cristobal did not immediately accept Oregon’s offer, which The Oregonian reported was then withdrawn.

“Mario’s legacy as a student-athlete at the U is well established. And the standard for competitive excellence that he and his teammates helped establish is one to which we continue to aspire. Our selection, however, was not one based in nostalgia for a proud past, but rather in a bold vision for a promising future,” Miami president Julio Frenk said in the statement.

“The characteristics that helped Mario excel as a national championship-winning player — drive, determination, and discipline — continue to propel his success as a coach. In Mario we have found a head coach who shares our belief in providing student-athletes with the very best opportunities to succeed on and off the field, and our commitment to winning at the highest level.”

Cristobal, 51, went 35-13 at Oregon with two Pac-12 championships, a Rose Bowl win two years ago and three Pac-12 North titles. He joined the Ducks staff in 2017 as co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, then was promoted to head coach when Willie Taggart departed for Florida State. Cristobal served as Florida International‘s coach from 2007 to 2012, going 27-47 overall.

University of Oregon Offers Mario Cristobal an “Aggressive” Contract Extension

The University of Oregon doesn’t want to lose Mario Cristobal

The university has reported the 51-year-old Cuban-American football coach a contract extension in hopes of keeping him in Eugene, according to ESPN.

Mario CristobalThere’s increasing talk that Cristobal would be the main target at the University of Miami if the Hurricanes fire Manny Diaz.

Cristobal, a Miami native, played and coached at Miami. As a player, he won two national championships with the Hurricanes.

Sources told ESPN that this latest extension was “aggressive” and would be in the range of some of the other deals struck during this hiring cycle.

In his fourth season at Oregon, Cristobal has already received extensions two of the past three seasons. Last December, Cristobal received a new six-year, $27.3 million deal taking him through the 2025 season.

Counting incentives, including a Pac-12 championship, he could earn more than $5.5 million this season.

Oregon faces University of Utah on Friday night in the Pac-12 championship game.

Cristobal would owe Oregon a $9 million buyout if he leaves for another school before January 14.

The Oregonian first reported that Cristobal had a contract extension offer in front of him.

Lilia Luciano Named LA-Based CBS News Correspondent

Lilia Luciano is ready for full-time work…

The 36-year-old Puerto Rican investigative reporter and documentary filmmaker has been named a correspondent for CBS News based in Los Angeles.

Lilia LucianoLuciano joined the network in March, 2020 as a freelance correspondent, and has covered major stories on the West Coast including the COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter protests in Portland, immigration issues at the border and wildfires in Oregon and California.

Luciano previously was an investigative reporter at the ABC affiliate in Sacramento from 2016 to 2019. She also was the chief investigative correspondent for Discovery Channel’s Border Live, and worked as a host and contributor on various platforms for Vice. She also was a correspondent for NBC News, reporting across the network platforms in English and Spanish.

She directed and produced Wars of Others, an HBO Latino documentary about the War on Drugs and the consequences for Colombian farmers. She won a Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2018 for a series on Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, and a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her coverage of the California wildfires.

She was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese. She graduated from the University of Miami with degrees in economics and broadcast journalism.

Maluma Wins Big at Univision’s Premios Juventud

Maluma is having a supersonic year…

The 23-year-old Colombian urban singer took home two awards at this year’s Premios Juventud.

Maluma

The awards, whose theme was “Betting on the Future,” focused on social messages, with artists presenting awards to young citizens.

The show, which aired live on Univision from the Watsco Center at the University of Miami, kicked off with Maluma and Marc Anthony performing a salsa rendition of Maluma’s hit “Felices Los 4.”

Fans got to vote for the winners in 10 categories, with two of those — best fashionista and best Instagram — going to Maluma. He was also honored with a special supersonic award.

The only other multiple winners of the night were Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, who won perfect combo for “Despacito,” deemed the best collaboration between two musical artists. “Despacito” also won best song for singing, while Yankee’s “Shaky Shaky” won best song for dancing.

The breakthrough artist award went to Ozuna, who is in the midst of his first U.S. tour, while J Balvin won best video for “Sigo Extrañándote.”

Here’s the full list of winners:

PERFECT COMBO
Best collaboration between two musical artists.
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee – “Despacito” 

BEST SONG FOR DANCING
The perfect song for parties and the gym.
“Shaky Shaky” –Daddy Yankee

BEST SONG FOR SINGING
The best song for karaoke or shower concerts.
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi (Ft. Daddy Yankee) 

BEST SONG FOR LOVING
The best song for the bedroom, the couch…or the back seat of a car.
“Ya Me Enteré” – Reik 

BEST SONG TO CHILL
The best song for daydreaming or hanging out with friends.
“Reggaetón Lento (Bailemos)” –CNCO 

BEST SONG FOR YOUR “TROCA”
The Mexican regional song that sounds the best blasting in your “troca” (pickup truck).
“Siempre Te Voy a Querer” – Calibre 50 

BEST VIDEO
The video that best demonstrates artistic and creative integrity.
“Sigo Extrañándote” – J Balvin 

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST
The artist who really kick-started his/her career.
Ozuna

BEST FASHIONISTA
The artist who best leads or creates fashion trends.
Maluma

BEST INSTAGRAM
Artist who best connects with his/her Instagram followers.
Maluma

Becky G to Take Part in Latinx Activism Panel at the Billboard Latin Music Conference

Becky G is ready to motivate the next generation of activists…

The 20-year-old Mexican American singer/actress, who recently made her big screen debut in the Power Rangers, will take center stage at the “Latinx Activism: Giving Voice To a New Social Rising” panel discussion at the annual Billboard Latin Music Conference.

Becky G

Becky G will be joined on the panel by Orange Is the New Black’s Jackie Cruz and civil rights activist and co-founder of the Women’s March Carmen Perez

The discussion, with Billboard‘s deputy editor Isabel Gonzalez-Whitaker as moderator, will take place on April 26 joining other star-studded panels taking place throughout the week.

Becky G is up for hot Latin songs artist of the year, female at the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards taking place April 27 at the University of Miami‘s Watsco Center.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards are the culmination of the Billboard Latin Music Conference, taking place April 24-27 at the Ritz Carlton Miami Beach.

Daddy Yankee to Perform at This Year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards

Daddy Yankee is readying for another performance on the big stage…

The 40-year-old Puerto Rican superstar is confirmed to perform at the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards, taking place April 27 at the University of Miami‘s Watsco Center.

Daddy Yankee

Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi will take the stage for the worldwide television premiere of their monster hit “Despacito.” The pair recently dropped a new remix featuring Justin Bieber, and after just 24 hours on YouTube, it became the biggest musical debut on the streaming platform, surpassing 20 million worldwide views.

During Daddy Yankee’s performance, the five-time finalist will also debut a new track.

Other performers throughout the night include J BalvinNicky Jam, Gente de Zona, Zion y LennoxAlejandro Fernández and Morat.

Mexican actress Kate del Castillo, from the Netflix series Ingobernable, and Puerto Rican actor and singer Carlos Ponce will host the awards ceremony that will air live on Telemundo. Presenters include ChocQuibTownSofía ReyesOlga TañónSin BanderaJuan Luis Guerra and Ednita Nazario, among others.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards are the culmination of the Billboard Latin Music Conference, taking place April 24-27 at the Ritz Carlton Miami Beach.

Fonsi to Earn Spirit of Hope Award at the Billboard Latin Music Awards

Luis Fonsi is earning a special recognition…

The 39-year-old Puerto Rican singer will be honored with the Spirit of Hope Award for his humanitarian work with St. Jude Children’s Hospital at the Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 27.

Luis Fonsi

Fonsi will receive the accolade created in honor of the late Selena Quintanilla and given to artists for their philanthropic and humanitarian contributions beyond their musical work.

Fonsi began working closely with St. Jude and other programs fighting childhood cancer since the beginning of his career, but it wasn’t until 2008 that he became its Thanks and Giving campaign ambassador.

“I sang at fundraisers for St. Jude but realized nobody was the face of the Latin community for the hospital,” Fonsi tells Billboard. “I said, ‘I’d like to be that messenger.'”

The “Despacito” singer — who recently released a new remix of the song featuring Justin Bieber singing in Spanish — will also perform at the awards show. Other superstars set to perform include Ricardo ArjonaNicky JamCNCO and J Balvin.

Mexican actress Kate del Castillo, from the Netflix series Ingobernable, and Puerto Rican actor and singer Carlos Ponce will host the awards ceremony.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards, which will air live on Telemundo from The Watsco Center at the University of Miami, are the culmination of the Billboard Latin Music Conference, taking place April 24-27 at the Ritz Carlton Miami Beach.

Arjona to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at the Billboard Latin Music Awards

It’s an extra special recognition for Ricardo Arjona

The 53-year-old Guatemalan singer-songwriter and chart-topping artist  will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 27.

Ricardo Arjona

Arjona will receive the special accolade to honor his outstanding career that spans over 30 years and includes 16 studio albums, 36 hits on Billboard‘s Hot Latin Songs, five No. 1’s and 20 entries on the Top Latin Albums chart. Past Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include Marco Antonio Solís and Roberto Carlos.

Arjona will also perform for the first time ever at the Billboard Latin Music Awards joining a star-studded lineup with acts such as Luis Fonsi, J Balvin and Nicky Jam.

Mexican actress Kate del Castillo, from the Netflix series Ingobernable, and Puerto Rican actor and singer Carlos Ponce will host the awards ceremony. Presenters throughout the night include artists like ChocQuibTown, Sofía ReyesOlga TañónSin BanderaJuan Luis Guerra and Ednita Nazario.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards, which will air live on Telemundo from The Watsco Center at the University of Miami, are the culmination of the Billboard Latin Music Conference, taking place April 24-27 at the Ritz Carlton Miami Beach.

To register, visit BillboardLatinConference.com.

Larrañaga Wins 600th NCAA Career Game

Jim Larrañaga has joined an elite club in the NCAA…

The University of Miami’s victory over Pittsburgh over the weekend has given the 67-year-old Cuban American head coach of the Miami men’s basketball program 600 career wins.

Jim Larrañaga

Miami’s Davon Reed ended the game with 18 points, Bruce Brown added 17, and the Hurricanes held the Panthers without a field goal for almost 10 minutes in a 72-46 blowout.

Miami (12-4, 2-2 ACC) ended a two-game losing streak by outrebounding Pitt 37-23 and holding the Panthers (12-6, 1-4) to just 34 percent shooting (18-of-53).

The Hurricanes scored 14 straight during a run that spanned the end of the first half and the beginning of the second to get all the breathing room they would need, then continued to pour it on to hand the Panthers their worst loss in the 15-year history of the Petersen Events Center.

Miami players celebrated the victory with Larrañaga in the locker room after the game.

Larrañaga’s 600 wins place him at 47th in all-time NCAA victories and 14th among active coaches. Of those 14, five are in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, including four from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

In his career, Larrañaga has won 27 games at American International, 170 at Bowling Green University, 273 at George Mason University and 130 at Miami. He is one of 15 coaches all-time with 100 or more wins at three D-I schools, four of whom are actively coaching. He is also 11th among active coaches in total games coached (995) and ninth in most seasons coached (33).

Larrañaga has posted 10 20-win seasons over his career, topped by the 29-7 mark at Miami in 2012-13, when the Canes won the ACC regular season Championship, ACC Tournament championship and played in the NCAA Sweet 16.

Active DI coaches by victories (after games on Jan. 12):

  1. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke 1,057
  2. Jim Boeheim, Syracuse 894
  3. Bob Huggins, West Virginia 805
  4. Roy Williams, North Carolina 798
  5. Rick Pitino, Louisville 759
  6. Rick Byrd, Belmont 741
  7. Cliff Ellis, Coastal Caro. 721
  8. Jerry Slocum, Youngstown St. 718
  9. Larry Hunter, Western Caro. 685
  10. John Beilein, Michigan 676
  11. John Calipari, Kentucky 634
  12. Rick Barnes, Tennessee 627
  13. Bill Self, Kansas 607
  14. Jim Larranaga, Miami (FL) 600

Anthony to Perform at the Billboard Latin Music Awards

Marc Anthony won’t just be a favorite at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards, he’ll also be a performer.

The 45-year-old Puerto Rican singer-songwriter, the biggest selling tropical salsa artist of all time, has joined the star-studded list of performers at this year’s upcoming awards ceremony, which includes recent additions Prince Royce and Franco de Vita.

Marc Anthony

The Grammy- and Latin-Grammy winning artist has reached the No. 1 spot on the Tropical Airplay chart 23 times, and has eight No. 1s on the Top Latin Albums chart.

The 15-time finalist last year chose the Billboard Latin Music Awards stage for the worldwide premiere of “Vivir Mi Vida,” which spent 17 weeks at the top of the Hot Latin Songs chart and became his eighth No.1 hit.

Anthony, Prince Royce and de Vita join previously announced performers Laura Pausini, Ricky Martin, David Bisbal, Juanes, Luis Fonsi, La Arrolladora Banda El Limon De Rene Camacho, Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga and 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Andrea Bocelli.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards, the longest-running Latin music awards show, will be broadcast live on Telemundo, Thursday, April 24 at &:00pm ET from the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami.

The complete list of finalists, plus exclusive content on this year’s event, can be found at Telemundo.com/PremiosBillboard.