Posted September 08, 2013

Texas fires defensive coordinator Manny Diaz after Week 2 blowout loss to BYU

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Manny Diaz

Texas fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz the day after a 40-21 loss to BYU. (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

It might not solve anything, but one day after Texas gave up 550 rushing yards in a 40-21 loss to BYU, the ‘Horns have ousted Manny Diaz as defensive coordinator. It was clear Diaz’s days were numbered immediately after the defeat, and it didn’t take long to go through with decision, according to Orangebloods.com’s Chip Brown.

Diaz, who also coached at NC State, Middle Tennessee State and Mississippi State, was much-maligned during a 2012 campaign in which Texas’ defense allowed more than 29 points per game. Head coach Mack Brown’s job security has been in question all offseason, and this could only be the first in a number of moves if things don’t get better for the program quickly.

Brown is also reporting that Greg Robinson, who last worked at Michigan in the 2009 season and was a Texas analyst, will take over the job.

The Longhorns will play Ole Miss on Sept. 14. Through two weeks, the Rebels are averaging 239 rushing yards per game.

32 comments
Aggie81
Aggie81

If Texas looses to Ole Miss this weekend, expect Mac Brown to join Diaz on the unemployed list of coaches.


Heath_Bell_Experience
Heath_Bell_Experience

a couple of years ago weren't people saying that diaz was gonna be some sought after head coach?

Craig
Craig

Each week Mack's going to have to find a new person to blame.  I suspect even the managers will be in line for demotion, when in truth the problem is at the top.  A AD who refuses to see the obvious, and a head coach who IS the obvious.  Whatever Mack had, it's gone, and with the talent on that team, it's pretty much got to be coaching.  As Dandy Don use'd to sing.....Turn out the lights, the party's over!

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

I'm shocked that he hired Greg Robinson as his DC.  Robinson was terrible at Michigan.  They finished 110th out of 120 FBS programs in total defense.  He did do a good job many years ago with the Denver Broncos.  But he isn't a guy I'd hire with my job on the line.

Joel1
Joel1

West Virginia lit up Texas last year as well. Passing and rushing.

Robinson was hired to replace Scott Schafer at Michigan after RichRod canned Schafer after one year.

Schafer now the head coach at Syracuse...where Robinson used to be head coach.

Coaching world is a small one.

Jive_Turkey
Jive_Turkey

If you want real improvement get rid of Brown - end of story!

Redfish1
Redfish1

Mack's bus claims its first victim. How many more will be thrown under "Da Bus" before it runs over Mackie himself? 

m.guszak
m.guszak

Anybody defending Manny Diaz does not have a clue about what they are talking about. He is the worst D-Coordinator in America and statistics will prove that. He does not know football and it showed during his time here. I am in no way saying that Brown should skate on this, he has done a terrible job the last five years and hired this idiot, but the defense was put in Diaz's hands. If the guy had just lined up in a base defense, he would still have a job. But he insisted on creating this insane overaggressive pursuit defense that well coached teams just dominated against. And when it went South, he did not have the intelligence to make adjustments. Nobody will touch this clown for awhile. And for the record, Brown does need to go next. 

mbroncofan
mbroncofan

Manny, you have no idea how lucky you are.  You will be hired soon and can work for a real coach for a change.

When Texas finally realizes where the problem lays, they may come back to national prominence.  Right now, they aren't even in the top 3 in the state of Texas...

jacff
jacff

Diaz?  Brown?  Naww - it should start with Deloss Dodds.  Deloss has presided over the downturn of UT, nearly destroyed the B12 with his greed over the UT Network, told TAMU to take a hike instead of agreeing to continue playing, and has defended Mac the Sad Sack Brown.  Keeping Deloss around guarantees UT will continue to have problems.  Yeah get rid of Mac but get rid of Deloss first.

Blinker
Blinker

I know the defense did well against Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl at the end of last season, but if you were going to do this or even consider doing this it should have been done in the off season to allow another coach to come in and lay down his defensive strategy.  IMHO

NoBiasIntended
NoBiasIntended

Honestly i wasn't thinking anything about Diaz being fired...My thoughts aimed abit higher.  Firing coordinators over and over again does not get you a do over card, or shouldn't.  There is going to come a time where Coach Brown will have to take responsibility, and talking about it in a press conference is not what I am talking about.

Blinker
Blinker

8-4 season coming up.  Back to the Holiday Bowl........ or worse depending.

Fifilo
Fifilo

Desperation move by a coach on his last legs.

mystafugee
mystafugee

I guess that solves the problem, short of injecting your defense with some new and improved PED, I don't think a new scheme is going to do a whole lot.  

Ryan1
Ryan1

Mack Brown is the issue, great coach but he needs to move on. UT has the deepest high school football state to recruit from and it typically has its first choice of players. Getting talent shouldn't be an issue. With that kind of talent, UT should be in the mix for at least a B12 title every year. 

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

In season coaching changes rarely produce good results.

zacktrobertson
zacktrobertson

Necessary move. Honestly, it really should have happened at the end of last season, but I imagine Texas was reluctant to eat the rest of that guys contract without exhausting all other options. Robinson has his work cut out for him this year.

bbq4tw
bbq4tw

The entire coaching staff along with the athletic director need to be gone

B-f-G
B-f-G

Well that was quick ...

6marK6
6marK6

@DanaBunner Robinson was not hired by UT with the purpose of being DC. He was brought in to scout primarily. Heck, he was living in California this season. He scouted teams and then made recommendations to Diaz. I think Brown realized that he had the option of firing Diaz now because he had Robinson on the payroll already. More importantly, Diaz deviated from the suggestions made by Robinson for BYU and they were pretty good suggestions. Robinson is a stop-gap action. 

6marK6
6marK6

@Jive_Turkey Texas does not have a structure in place to fire Mack Bron during the season. We have few experienced coaches on the payroll outside of Robinson. It ain't going to be Applewhite!

m.guszak
m.guszak

@Blinker Did you watch the Oregon State game? We were giving up tons of points and yards to the worst QB in the history of college football. We then went to a base defense in the 4th and shut them down. Brown spun that game as a great game by the defense, but it wasn't at all. Look at the numbers. We were 20X more talented than that Beavers team.

megalodale
megalodale

@bbq4tw Yeah...that's what I would do.  Clean house all the way up to the AD of a program that generates more revenue/profit than any program in the nation.    But, we all know, the record of the football team trumps all of that.  Thank goodness the inmates are NOT in charge of the asylum.

TimHarb
TimHarb

@6marK6 @Jive_Turkey We still just like to see him fired and watch Texas stumble.  It is nice to see them fall after almost destroying a conference a few times and destroying their previous one.

Craig
Craig

@m.guszak @Blinker Just some thoughts from the other side of the field.  Oregon State was cruising in the first half.  For reasons never explained they went away from the run almost completely during the second half and Texas was able to pressure the quarterback.  Up in the northwest people tend to believe...and with good reason...that if Oregon State had stayed with the run Texas would have gone down.  Neither Vaz nor Mannion qualify as the "worst QB in the history of college football."  In the second half there were too many sacks, mainly because of a rather poor offensive line, but also because Oregon State stopped running and the Texas D line just teed off.