Local Philadelphia journalist Marc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer cites a source saying the deal between Diaz and Temple is “90% done”.
Source: "The deal with Manny Diaz and Temple isn't a done deal yet. Is it 90 percent done, probably. We're close."— Marc Narducci (@sjnard) December 12, 2018
Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports and FootballScoop.com have both reported that Manny Diaz is finalizing a deal and will be the next head coach at Temple University.
Sources: Manny Diaz to be next head coach at Temple— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) December 12, 2018
Pete Thamel has mentioned the same https://t.co/QAGjdOzLR9
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.
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.
Miami DC Manny Diaz has emerged as top candidate at Temple, source told @WatchStadium— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 12, 2018
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.