Miami’s 2021 season is not going nearly as well as it had hoped. What does that mean for head coach Manny Diaz’s future?

Well, that’s not too clear at this point. Miami athletic director Blake James told Susan Miller Degnan of the Miami Herald this week that Diaz knows the Hurricanes “need to win games,” but he didn’t address Diaz’s job status beyond this season.

“I can’t look into the future,’’ James told Miller Degnan. “I think it’s a situation where Manny is our head coach and he’s getting the guys ready to play a game [Saturday].

“Manny is our head coach. Obviously this has been a disappointing season. Manny would acknowledge that. Our guys would acknowledge that. And I understand that the fans acknowledge that.”

Miami is 2-4 heading into Saturday’s game against No. 18 NC State. The Hurricanes play ranked opponents each of the next 2 weeks — they go on the road to face No. 23 Pittsburgh the following week — so they’re going to face some challenges in trying to get to .500.

Diaz has been Miami’s head coach since 2019. Over his first 3 seasons, the Hurricanes are 16-14, including 11-8 in ACC play. They went 8-3 in 2020, but they couldn’t carry that momentum over to this year.

This has been the first head-coaching opportunity for Diaz, who was previously the defensive coordinator at Miami. Prior to that, he was the defensive coordinator at Mississippi State.