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Texas looking at Manny Diaz

Posted on: January 4, 2011 12:48 pm
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.
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Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2011 4:13 pm

Texas looking at Manny Diaz

I think its more of a move to slurp up some good South Florida prospects who might be wary of new regimes at gainesville and coral gables.  Im A-M-D, and I have to be honest, their isnt a good deep pool of Mexican (too little/into soccer) or Tejano (too fat/only linemen e.g. Roberto Garza) football talent, although the northern states of Mexico (TEC-Monterey, U of Nuevo Leon) have their own college programs and a lot of "Prepa" level programs.  Texas has all the marketing licensing money from the south of border - up here in my midwest hometown a lot of paisas don the Longhorn ball caps.  I wonder if its to make people think they're born/raised in Texas as opposed to having sketchy status. 

Would be cool though - I get tired of looking for the hispanic last names ending on FBS rosters, only to find out their Blaxican or Puerto Rican/Dominican. 

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2011 9:12 am

Texas looking at Manny Diaz

Shrewd move by Texas to hire a bilingual coach.  This will help them recruiting in the Hispanic community and south of the border.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 4:28 pm

Texas looking at Manny Diaz

I'm so happy Coach Edsall is gone.

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