Report: Miami coach Manny Diaz expected to return in 2022
Miami coach Manny Diaz is expected to be back with the program next season.
That’s according to a report from On3’s Matt Zenitz.
The current feel is that there’s a good chance Manny Diaz ends up keeping his job at Miami, sources tell @On3sports
— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) November 30, 2021
There was serious doubt about Diaz’s job status following Miami’s loss to Florida State and the firing of athletic director Blake James in November.
However, with the Early Signing Period approaching and Miami still without an athletic director, it appears the Hurricanes are going to give Diaz another season to turn things around. If Miami does hire an athletic director in the immediate future, it’s possible that could impact Diaz’s job status.
The uncertainty around Diaz’s stability has hurt Miami on the recruiting trail. The Hurricanes have the No. 57 class nationally and the No. 11 class in the ACC, per 247Sports Composite rankings.
Diaz is 21-15 in nearly 3 seasons at the helm at Miami. He’s made a bowl game in each season, but has yet to seriously challenge for a division title.
However, the Hurricanes showed more promise over the second half the season. Quarterback Tyler Van Dyke threw for 300+ yards and 3+ touchdown passes in each of Miami’s final six games.
If Diaz does stay, he’ll be tasked with replacing offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, who took the SMU head coaching job this week. Lashlee did an excellent job of re-shaping the offense around Van Dyke following a season-ending injury to D’Eriq King.
Miami will find out its bowl game opponent this weekend.