When Mario Cristobal was hired as the head coach of the Miami Hurricanes, he brought in some position coaches he has worked with in his past. One of those is Joe Salave’a.

Salave’a takes over as the defensive line coach but is also the associate head coach and run-game coordinator. He and Cristobal come over from Oregon, where they worked together since 2017.

The combination of their coaching philosophy made an immediate impact on the toughness of the Ducks when they got to Eugene in 2017 and throughout their tenure.

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