It has been a wild ride for the Miami Hurricanes over the past few days. Last week, The U got blown out in the Pinstripe Bowl by Wisconsin 35-3, then on Sunday head coach Mark Richt announced that he would be retiring, effective immediately.
However, unlike most coaching searches — which can take weeks for an institution to determine its ideal candidate, and to then finalize a deal to bring him into the fold — just about 10 hours after Richt’s decision was made public, multiple outlets began reporting that Manny Diaz would succeed his former boss.
Not more than two weeks ago, Diaz left his position as the defensive coordinator at The U to become the head coach at Temple.
Now, you might be asking why an Ohio State blog is writing about the coaching machinations of an ACC school of middling national relevance. Well, before Diaz was hired at Temple, Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano had reportedly been interested in the Owls’ position.
Other than the promoted Brian Hartline, we know precious little about new OSU head coach Ryan Day’s plans for his 2019 coaching staff. However, after Schiano spoke at the Rose Bowl media availability last week, many assumed that he was resigned to not returning to Columbus in the new year.
However, before anyone gets too many ideas, Schiano was not a reported finalist for the job before Diaz was ultimately selected, but Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown was. But, after his unit gave up 103 points in their final two games (against Ohio State in The Game, and against Florida in Peach Bowl), perhaps the Temple powers that be might look in a different direction.