Miami already reaping rewards of hiring football coach Mario Cristobal

After Cristobal's hiring, Miami sold 2,000 new season tickets in the first week they went on sale and received nearly $1M in donationsGETTY IMAGES

New Univ. of Miami football coach Mario Cristobal "already has been very good for business," according to Barry Jackson of the MIAMI HERALD. After Cristobal's hiring, the school "sold 2000 new season tickets in the first week they went on sale last month." Miami Senior Associate AD/Development Chris Cohen yesterday said that the school's athletic department "has received nearly $1 million in donations since Cristobal's hiring Dec. 7." Included in that amount are "seven donations for a combined $500,000 through UM's new Athletic Director Society, which was launched in June when Blake James was athletic director." That money "will be earmarked toward various areas" once Miami AD Dan Radakovich has had time to "evaluate where that money can be most helpful." Radakovich began his Miami tenure yesterday. The school also has "raised more than $400,000 for the student impact annual fund." Jackson notes that money supports the athletic department's annual operations. That $400,000 "includes $250,000 in donations by 12 new members of the Golden Canes club." The Golden Canes club is "now at capacity (200), with a waiting list of 20 or so." Golden Canes have some of the stadium's "best lower-bowl seats with access to a hospitality lounge." Harry Rothwell, who owns the allCanes retail store near Miami's campus, said since Cristobal's hiring, "sales are definitely up from the last couple of years" (MIAMI HERALD, 1/4).

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