Cristobal: Unhappy parents ‘very free and welcome to come and pick up their son’

Remarks come after parents lash out at assistant coaches on social media
Miami head coach Mario Cristobal watches during the first half of an NCAA college football game...
Miami head coach Mario Cristobal watches during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida State, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla.(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)(AP)
Published: Nov. 17, 2022 at 10:20 PM EST
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Mario Cristobal isn’t afraid to part ways with disgruntled players – or their parents.

The first-year Miami head coach was candid when asked Wednesday about the parents of two players who recently made disparaging comments on Twitter about Cristobal's assistant coaches.

"I'm a parent myself and I think it's important to teach our own children to handle stuff like adults in a face-to-face manner, and as it relates to posting on social media, I was raised very different," he told reporters during a mid-week media session ahead of Miami's game at No. 9 Clemson.

The mother of third-year sophomore wide receiver Key'Shawn Smith recently took to Twitter to speak disapprovingly of offensive coordinator Josh Gattis.

Then after a blowout win at Georgia Tech last weekend, the father of freshman cornerback Khamauri Rodgers tagged secondary coach Jamile Addae in a tweet, calling him "a piece of work."

Cristobal told reporters he hasn't had any conversations with disgruntled parents of players.

"But a parent is very free and welcome to come and pick up their son if they are not happy with their playing time here at the University of Miami," he added.

The Hurricanes (5-5, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) need one more win to become bowl eligible.

Clemson (9-1, 7-0) owns the nation's longest home winning streak. The Tigers have won 39 consecutive games at "Death Valley" since a 43-42 loss to Pittsburgh on Nov. 12, 2016.

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