Miami has high expectations in 2022, but that doesn’t mean the pressure is high on new head coach Mario Cristobal going into Year 1 — at least not yet.

Cristobal took over a Miami program that hasn’t spent much time in the national spotlight over the past 2 decades. The Canes haven’t won 10+ games since 2017 and are still without an ACC Championship.

But things have changed. Miami’s administration has increased its investment in the football program, which is something ESPN’s Greg McElroy considered when evaluating Cristobal’s pressure level this season.

“I actually think his pressure level right now is pretty low,” McElroy said on Always College Football over the weekend. “They have really turned the corner down in Miami with what they feel like they’re giving and what resources they’re giving the program. So there will be no excuses, but he has some time … Right now, all is sunshine and rainbows at Miami because they feel like they have the right guy.”

“There’s a lot of room to grow, but also we’re talking about a program with an insanely high ceiling. So, Mario has time. He’s going to build it the right way and I would be surprised if they’re not contending for championships sooner than later.”

While Miami has yet to play a game in the Cristobal era, things are off to a good start. Cristobal has already made several changes to improve Miami’s culture, including the removal of the turnover chain. The Canes also have a top-10 recruiting class in 2023 and there’s upside for more.

Miami opens the 2022 season with Bethune-Cookman on Sept. 3.