Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz has emerged as a candidate to fill the same position at Texas.
A Mississippi State spokesman could not confirm that Diaz was in Austin on Tuesday, but said he was "out on the road". The same spokesman admitted to seeing reports that Diaz was in Austin.
Diaz is considered one of the brighest young assistant coaches in the country. In one year, Mississippi State improved dramatically in tackles for loss (from 89th to 17th), scoring defense (from 71st to 22nd) and red zone defense (64th to 13th). The Bulldogs went from 11th to eighth in total defense in the SEC.
Diaz, 36, was hired away from Middle Tennessee a year ago. He is the son of former Miami mayor who once worked as an ESPN production assistant. His other stops have included Florida State and North Carolina State.
Texas has embarked on a wide search to replace offensive coordinator Greg Davis and defensive coordinator Will Muschmap. The name of Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst popped up yesterday. Darrell Wyatt was introduced Monday as the Horns' new receivers coach.