Manny Diaz issues strong statement after getting fired by Miami
Manny Diaz is out, Mario Cristobal is in and Miami is about to enter a new era for its football program.
For days, there had been rumors and reports about a potential change for the Hurricanes, but nothing had materialized. That changed Monday, when Miami announced that it had hired Cristobal to be its new head coach.
With that move, it brought Diaz’s time at the school to an end. Later in the day, he issued a statement following his firing by the Hurricanes:
— Manny Diaz (@Coach_MannyDiaz) December 6, 2021
Diaz was the head coach at Miami for 3 seasons. The Hurricanes went 21-15 over that span, which included going 7-5 this season. That earned them a berth in the Sun Bowl, in which they’ll play Washington State on Dec. 31.
It’s unclear what the future may hold for Diaz. He has plenty of coaching experience, though, as he previously had served as an assistant at Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech, Texas, Middle Tennessee State and NC State before joining Miami as an assistant in 2016.
The Hurricanes will look to have more success under Cristobal, who spent the past 4 seasons as the head coach at Oregon.