Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz has been let go
- by Zach Barnett 10 months ago
Less than 24 hours after a 40-21 loss to BYU, Texas head coach Mack Brown has relieved defensive coordinator Manny Diaz of duties.
"Our performance on defense last night was unacceptable, and we need to change that," Brown said in a statement. "Greg will be here tonight and get with the staff and players to start preparing for Ole Miss. He will be running our defense immediately. We're very fortunate that Greg has been around, watched all of our practice video and has a good scouting report moving forward. His familiarity with the staff and players should make for a smooth transition. He knows this place, did a terrific job in leading our defense before, and I'm excited to have him back on the field. We're back at it and working hard to beat Ole Miss this weekend."
Diaz was hired away from Mississippi State following the 2010 season and immediately helped the Longhorns lead the Big 12 in total defense, scoring defense, pass defense, rush defense and pass efficiency defense. But Texas struggled defensively throught the entire 2012 campaign, setting a school record for yards and points allowed and falling from 11th to 67th nationally in total defense.
Brown felt the need to make a move following a loss to BYU in which the Cougars rushed for a Texas opponent-record 550 yards. The Longhorns rank 117th nationally in total defense through two games.
Greg Robinson, a Texas co-defensive coordinator for the 2004 season and currently serving as a quality control consultant, will immediately replace Diaz as UT's defensive coordinator. Robinson has not worked since 2009-10, when he served as Michigan's defensive coordinator. The Wolverines finished 82nd and 110th nationally in total defense in his two seasons.
Counting Robinson's now two stints, this will be the sixth defensive coordinator Brown has employed in 16 seasons at Texas.
"This is a tough deal for everyone involved, but I love The University of Texas, and Coach Brown has been wonderful to me," Robinson said in the university's statement. "I'll do anything I can to help him, so when he called, I told him I'd be there today. I know the staff, have a lot of respect for them and am excited for the challenge moving forward. "I've been around the team a lot, watched all of their film and have been self scouting and scouting opponents since I came on board in July. Because of Longhorn Network, I've also been able to see these guys for two to three years and am very familiar with the personnel."
Based in Los Angeles, Robinson was originally hired to assist in video review and scouting and only attend Texas home games. "In Manny (Diaz's) case, I don't want it in any way for him to feel like he has someone looking over his shoulder at all," Robinson said at the time of his hiring. "That's not what I'm there for. I don't want to in any way inhibit him or any of the coaches. Mack and I talked about that, and that was important to me. I want these coaches to know that I'm there for them and just to be helpful and provide any information I can find, to review, study and provide them data that they'll have access to. That was really important to me and Mack agreed that was the right way. That's how I see this working."
Diaz made $700,000 in 2012 according to the USA Today coaching salary database.
Brown received an extension in January 2012 keeping him under contract through 2020 at a salary of $5.2 million a year. Below are Brown's buyout figures, according to a chart released by ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell.
Also worth noting is this:
I spoke w a couple of Big 12 coaches today about the issues at Texas. Not one of them thought getting rid of Manny would be a smart move. — FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) September 8, 2013
Texas hosts Ole Miss on Saturday night, then opens conference play with Kansas State and Iowa State before a date with Oklahoma on October 12.