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Mario Cristobal Has Blunt Message For Parents Of Miami Players

Mario Cristobal, Miami Hurricanes Football

Miami's Mario Cristobal

Over the past few weeks, a handful of mean-spirited tweets directed at University of Miami assistant coaches were sent by parents of players in the football program. 

The most recent incident came shortly after Miami's blowout win against Georgia Tech last week.

In a tweet that's now been deleted, freshman cornerback Khamauri Rodgers' father Marcus ripped into Hurricanes' secondary coach Jahmile Addae, saying, "you are a piece of work but it’s all good. I’m going to pray for you and your family; you obviously have serious issues.”

Responding to the latest shot at his assistant coaches, Mario Cristobal spoke to the media today and sent a direct message to unsatisfied parents.

"A parent is free & welcome to pick up their son if they’re not happy with their playing time," Cristobal said. 

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald notes that while not uncommon these days, parents lashing out at coaches over social media isn't a good look.

While it's yet to be seen if Khamauri Rodgers will face any consequences due to his father's tweet, another Hurricanes' player has seen his playing time diminished after a rude comment made by his mother directed at offensive coordinator Josh Gattis. 

Earlier this season, receiver Key'Shawn Smith's mother said, "If you [are] an offensive coordinator who walks in [a] meeting [and] tells his team they are the Worst Team ever! Would you still want to play for him[?] I heard of tough coaches but [that’s] just stupid. I wonder if USC coach [talks to] his team like that." 

Though Smith continued playing shortly after the attack on Gattis, he has not played in the past two games for the Hurricanes and is reportedly no longer practicing for the team. 

Cristobal also added during his session with the media that "it’s important to teach our own children to handle stuff like adults in a face-to-face manner." 

Miami, 5-5, will need to win one of their final two games this season in order to become bowl eligible. 

They'll have a difficult task this weekend, though, as the Hurricanes travel to Clemson to take on the No. 9 Tigers.