Miami fires coach Manny Diaz after 3 seasons
Miami has officially parted ways with coach Manny Diaz.
The move comes as the Hurricanes are expected to land Oregon coach Mario Cristobal as his replacement later in the day on Monday. Miami has been openly courting Cristobal over the last several days.
“We are grateful to Coach Diaz for his many contributions to our campus community and to his native South Florida, and for the strong leadership and exemplary character he exhibited during his tenure at the University,” Miami preside Julio Frenk said in a press release. “We wish him and his family the very best as they move forward.”
Miami finished the year strong, winning four of its last six regular season games. However, one of those losses came against Florida State in November — something Diaz ultimately wasn’t able to overcome.
Diaz went 21-15 in three seasons with the Hurricanes. His ACC record was 16-9, but he never strongly competed for a division title with Miami.
Miami is widely expected to hire Cristobal on Monday. He has spent the last five seasons as Oregon’s head coach, going 35-13 in that span. He also delivered two 10-win seasons for the Ducks.
Cristobal played for Miami from 1989-92. He was also a graduate assistant from 1998-2000 and was an assistant on staff from 2004-06.