EUGENE — With his coaching staff all signed through at least early 2021, Mario Cristobal is nearing a contract extension of his own.

Cristobal, who went 9-4 in his first full season at Oregon, and UO are finalizing a one-year contract extension that will keep him with the Ducks through Jan. 2024.

“It’s almost done,” Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens told the ­Oregonian/OregonLive.

Mullens said Cristobal’s extension is not expected to require approval of UO’s board of trustees, who held their final meeting of the academic year Wednesday and Thursday.

Cristobal, who is earning $2.5 million per year in salary, declined to comment on the contract negotiations earlier this month but the sides have been in talks for months, even before Oregon’s win over Michigan State in the Redbox Bowl.

But Cristobal wanted to restructure his staff, close out the 2019 recruiting class, get through spring practice and now spring recruiting before focusing on his own contract.

— The Oregonian

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