Last week it was announced that Texas Longhorns co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin was leaving the program to accept the head-coaching position with the Arkansas State Red Wolves. The Longhorns didn’t take long to replace Harsin, however, as fellow co-offensive coordinator and former Texas quarterback Major Applewhite naturally slid into the vacated position.
Now, just a week later, rumors are surfacing in Austin that the Longhorns could soon be looking to replace Manny Diaz, their current defensive coordinator, as well.
It has been reported that Diaz is a potential candidate to fill the head-coaching spot with the Florida International Golden Panthers. Though it isn’t believed that he is currently the favorite to win the job, it is believed that Diaz did in fact interview for the position earlier this week.
It’s been a tough season for Manny Diaz and the Texas defense. After he had great success in his first season with the Longhorns, the expectations were extremely high heading into this year. Surprisingly, the Longhorns failed to live up to their lofty pre-season hype, and the Longhorns struggled on defense most of the year.
To be fair, Diaz did lose two key players to injuries early on; linebacker Jordan Hicks missed most of the season with a hip injury, while star defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat suffered a season-ending tear to his pectoral muscle.
There are some Longhorn fans that wouldn’t be too upset to see Diaz go, but others feel that this year was more of a personnel issue than a scheme issue, and believe that Diaz deserves more time.
Though this is anything but a done deal, in fact it appears that it could be a long-shot, it’s certainly something to keep an eye on.