Manny Diaz has been Miami’s head coach for less than a month, but he has promptly succeeded in making The U a place that talented players want to come to.
Late-December was an unpredictable and wild period of time for the Hurricane program. Manny Diaz was leaving to become Temple’s head coach, former head coach Mark Richt retired, and Jeff Thomas, a key offensive weapon, announced that he was transferring from the program. Fast-forward to mid-January, and the mood surrounding the team has completely flipped.
One of the main concerns for Miami heading into the offseason was its recruiting class. Sitting as the 33rd-best class in the nation (247), the ‘Canes were scrambling to find answers. Now, through transfers, Miami has gained a great option at quarterback in Tate Martell, a standout wide receiver in K.J. Osborn, and uber-talented safety Bubba Bolden. In addition to the high-profile transfers, Jeff Thomas recently re-committed to Miami — solidifying their gifted receiver group.
These additions are massive for the ‘Canes, and it proves how far the program has come since late-December. Of course, the job isn’t close to being finished, but Diaz’s rapid-fire start has lit a fire under a program that seemed destined to continue floundering with Richt at the helm.
The future is bright for the Hurricanes — something that couldn’t have been said just a month prior. Manny Diaz’s determination and passion deserves much of the credit, and we can only hope that he doesn’t slow down.