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Recruiting's importance keeps growing

Updated: September 8, 2009, 12:07 PM ET
By Bruce Feldman | ESPN The Magazine

While the rest of the college football world was kicking off its season this weekend, Mario Cristobal's Saturday consisted of one cross-country flight to California from Miami, two junior college games and a lot of driving. The 38-year-old head coach of Florida International had shifted his program's daily itinerary around just so he could try to wedge in as much recruiting as possible while also getting his team prepared for its season opener at mighty Alabama.

He switched ...

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