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REPORTS: Miami Hurricanes DC Manny Diaz in negotiations to be next Temple HC

Rumors have been swirling about Miami’s Defensive Coordinator


4:05pm update

Local Philadelphia journalist Marc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer cites a source saying the deal between Diaz and Temple is “90% done”.

3:45pm update

Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports and have both reported that Manny Diaz is finalizing a deal and will be the next head coach at Temple University.

This would obviously be a blow to the Miami Hurricanes’ coaching staff. But, in that Temple has been a solid stepping stone job for several coaches in recent years, this is a good move for Diaz as he has aspirations to be a CFB HC moving forward.

Original Story

There have been many reports and much chatter regarding the status of Miami Hurricanes Defensive Coordinator Manny Diaz in recent days. The top-tier assistant interviewed for the Head Coaching position at Temple recently. For a full rundown of all the reports, here’s a handy timeline from David Lake of InsideTheU.

The newest development is a potentially big one: Brett McMurphy of Stadium reports that Diaz is now the top candidate for the Owls’ HC job.

Diaz was out recruiting for Miami as recently as last night, but that may not be the indicator that he’s staying that many Canes fans are hoping for.

Other candidates who have been reported are Texas A&M DC Mike Elko, but he removed himself from consideration earlier today, and Michigan DC Don Brown, among several others.

Whether Diaz stays in Coral Gables or ventures up to Philly to make his first foray into head coaching remains to be seen. With both schools — all schools really — heavily involved in recruiting ahead of next week’s early signing period, this decision and the timeline for htat decision have great importance on many fronts.

I personally hope Manny Diaz stays at Miami, but Temple is a good starter job for an upwardly mobile coach. The last 4 Temple HC’s all parlayed their success in Philadelphia into a P5 HC job — Al Golden at Miami, Steve Addazio at Boston College, Matt Rhule at Baylor, and most recently Geoff Collins at Georgia Tech.

This situation is still ongoing, and we’ll have more coverage when the situation warrants.

Go Canes