Miami hires Manny Diaz to replace former head coach Mark Richt
That didn’t take long.
Hours after Mark Richt announced he was stepping down as the head coach of the Miami Hurricanes, UM has hired Manny Diaz, according to reports by multiple outlets.
Many football fans will be interested to hear the details of the Diaz hire. Miami’s defensive coordinator for the last three seasons, Diaz was named the new head coach at Temple on Dec. 13. While Diaz may not have signed his contract yet, he almost certainly signed at least a Memorandum of Understanding, likely binding him to a buyout (as noted by FootballScoop). There is also the fact that 17 incoming football players just signed LOIs to play for Diaz at Temple in the Early Signing Period (Dec. 19 to 21).
The first game for Diaz at Miami will be against a familiar foe: Dan Mullen’s Florida Gators on Aug. 31 in Orlando. Diaz was Mullen’s defensive coordinator at Mississippi State for the 2015 season.
Miami is hiring Manny Diaz. It’s done.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) December 31, 2018
The Miami Herald can confirm that Manny Diaz has been hired by the University of Miami as its newest head coach.
— Susan Miller Degnan (@smillerdegnan) December 31, 2018
UPDATE: Miami has confirmed the hiring of Diaz.
Miami AD Blake James offered the following comments on Diaz’s hiring:
“Manny is one of the nation’s elite coaches and the Canes’ Family has already embraced him and his incredible work ethic over the past three years. He is absolutely the passionate and innovative leader that our program needs, and we will work together to build an incredible staff to move our program back into championship contention.”
Diaz also offered up a prepared statement following the news:
“Miami is home. The University of Miami is home. The U has truly been ‘the job’ for me since I first got into coaching. Having worked here over the past three years, I came to understand what it means to be part of ‘The U’ and came to appreciate the passion and commitment to excellence of all who proudly call themselves Canes. We will restore the football program to its place among the nation’s elite and we will do it with hard work, dedicated coaches, and outstanding student-athletes. I’m excited about working with Blake and his team to make that happen.”
— Miami Hurricanes (@MiamiHurricanes) December 31, 2018