Oregon Should Push for Kalani Sitake to be Their Next Head Coach

Chris Samuels/The Salt Lake Tribune

Oregon Should Push for Kalani Sitake to be Their Next Head Coach

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Oregon Should Push for Kalani Sitake to be Their Next Head Coach

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Chris Samuels/The Salt Lake Tribune

Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal informed his team on Monday that he will be leaving the program to become Miami’s next football coach. The Ducks have an important decision ahead of them and they will need someone who will stay for the long haul. That coach could be BYU’s head coach Kalani Sitake.

The Oregon Ducks lost their head coach, Cristobal, to the Miami Hurricanes on Monday morning after the Hurricanes opened their head coaching vacancy. The Ducks had Cristobal since the end of the 2017 season and they will be in search of a new head coach.

First and foremost, the Ducks need someone who is familiar with the recruiting landscape of the West Coast. Sitake is very familiar with the Pac-12 and how important it is to land recruits from all over the country. Sitake would bring in a winning culture into Eugene, Ore., which is what they need after three consecutive Pac-12 Championship Game appearances with Cristobal.

Sitake spent 10 seasons with the Utah Utes as a linebackers coach and a defensive coordinator. After spending four seasons in the Pac-12 with Utah, he joined Oregon State as their defensive coordinator in 2015. Needless to say, Sitake is very familiar with the Ducks and knows the importance of putting a winning program on the field at Autzen Stadium.

Since 2016, Sitake has been the head coach at BYU and the Cougars have a 48-28 record under his guidance. He would be a great fit in Oregon because they need help sustaining their defense next season, and he would be a perfect addition to this program.

His name came up in other coaching vacancies like Washington State, USC, and LSU, but he did not land any of those jobs. Now that Oregon is available, he would be able to make the jump from an FBS Independent program to one of the top programs in the Pac-12.

Sitake led the Cougars to a 10-2 record this season and they are set to play in the Independence Bowl against UAB on Dec. 18. The Cougars had an outside shot at a New Year’s Six bowl game but they fell short of that goal.

Oregon needs someone who is used to winning at a high level and Sitake is that coach. He only has one losing season at BYU and back-to-back 10-win seasons in 2020 and 2021. If the Ducks choose Sitake as their next head coach, they will be getting someone with a great deal of experience and a winning resume.

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