Still not done. That’s the word on Wednesday morning from Miami Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz about his vacant offensive coordinator position.
And while reports were that he had zeroed in on hiring former Houston coach and Texas quarterback Major Applewhite to run his offense, Diaz would not confirm or deny that this morning.
— The Joe Rose Show (@JoeRoseShow) January 9, 2019
“There’s a couple of things you learn. This is a process that you gotta see it through…You’re not just hiring one guy. You want to make sure there’s great alignment among the staff…. And you got to be respectful of people’s timetables at the time that it can happen.”
He continued, “I know everyone is straining their thumb holding it down for their Twitter feed. But, it’s coming. I promise.”
It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks where are coach Mark Richt abruptly retired, or was forced out, depending on who you listen to. Diaz was then suddenly brought back just a couple of weeks after taking over, as the Temple head coach.
Being Miami’s defensive coordinator for the last three years, everyone realizes this is an important offensive hire for the new boss in Coral Gables.
That would include our Matt Zemek, who wrote about Diaz’s introductory press conference and how he unmistakably understands that it is about the offense right now at “The U.”
Clearly, during Wednesday morning’s interview Diaz is hinting that an announcement is upcoming, and he also reiterated how important that will be for recruiting purposes over the next three weeks before the important National Signing Day coming up.
Obviously it is still not done a few days later. So, at best that was premature and may be, completely wrong. And that makes you wonder if Applewhite can’t come to an agreement with his former school, Houston, on how much money he would still be owed if he’s taking the Miami coordinator position?
Or is there some other “hangup?”
The Hurricanes and Diaz were reportedly also seriously considering former North Carolina coach Larry Fedora for the offense of coordinator slot, but he took his name out of the running mid-week last week.
Now we wait to see if Diaz does follow through with Applewhite or if there is some other unknown name, that is about to emerge to be the play-caller for the Hurricanes next season?
Not so fast on QB D’Eriq King coming to Hurricanes?
24 hours later it doesn’t look dead certain that Houston transfer quarterback D’Eriq King will end up at the University of Miami after all.
In fact, it may be several days before we know the coveted grad transfer QB decides to do.
This after a report Sunday out of Houston from Fox 26 Sports director Mark Berman ,who got comments from King about his short term plans and visits:
D’Eriq King (@DeriqKing_), who is transferring from @UHCougarFB, says he has yet to make a final decision on where he’s going: “I haven’t committed to anybody yet. I’m still looking at my options. I visited Miami. I liked it, but there are other options I’m still trying see to..” pic.twitter.com/E4kz2xypWR
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) January 19, 2020
It is interesting that King is considering Maryland in the mix in addition to powerhouse LSU and possibly trying to revitalize Miami.
As our Jamil King wrote on Sunday it looked like the Houston standout quarterback was “e-ticketed” for Coral Gables and to come as a package deal with newly hired offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. Lashlee, who has previously been at Auburn and the SMU offensive coordinator the last couple of seasons, was hired two weeks ago to help jump start the Canes disastrous offense from the second half of last year.
Quarterback play plagued the Canes in 2019 with Jarren Williams showing flashes of great play followed by freshman mistakes and inconsistency. N’kosi Perry found his way into some games, but was also inconsistent in his own right. Miami suffered humiliating losses to FIU and at Duke to close the regular season.
Then, the Hurricanes were completely inept in the Independence Bowl, while being shut out 14-0. This, while rumors were swirling everywhere that coach Manny Diaz would be firing his first year offensive coordinator, Dan Enos. Enos, who had been the QB coach at Alabama, was fired the next day.
Back to King, if the Hurricanes are able to land him, they get a player who over his career at the University of Houston threw for 4,925 yards for an average of 8.2 yards per attempt and tossed 50 touchdowns with only ten interceptions.
King also completed almost 62% of his passes with the Cougars, adding another 28 touchdowns on the ground. He promises to bring some explosives, something the Canes desperately needed, if they can land him.
Hurricanes land Houston QB transfer King
Miami Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz found out very quickly that the life if a head coach isn’t an easy one. He saw his Miami Hurricane offense move nothing like a “Hurricane” at all.
Instead of fast and lethal, it was often slow and stagnant.
Thus, Diaz had to go in a different direction for his offense replacing his first-year offensive coordinator Dan Enos, and he made what looks to be like a strong hire in Rhett Lashlee, bringing his spread offense over from SMU.
Quarterback play plagued the Canes in 2019 with Jarren Williams showing flashes of great play followed by freshman mistakes and inconsistency. N’kosi Perry found his way into some games but was also inconsistent in his own right.\
With New OC Lashlee coming in, it was going to be interesting if either Williams or Perry could run the new system or if seldom used 2019 transfer Tate Martell may be the best fit?
All of those questions may be answered for us already with news coming out today on a new Miami quarterback entering the fold. Houston transfer D’Eriq King has decided to play for the Canes in 2020.
— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) January 19, 2020
King is an immediate upgrade in the QB room for a few different reasons for the Hurricanes in 2020. First, over his career at the University of Houston (above), King has thrown for 4,925 yards for an average of 8.2 yards per attempt and tossed 50 touchdowns with only ten interceptions.
King also completed almost 62% of his passes with the Cougars, adding another 28 touchdowns on the ground. The young man can flat out play ball, something the Canes desperately needed.
King is also going to be a leader in the locker room and the quarterback room. He is an older guy and will be someone everyone can look up to and listen to another coach on the field. King also brings the most to this offense.
He has the ability to make deep throws to the far side or hit a man in stride. He also brings the running ability to the offense that opens up a Pandora’s box for Lashlee. He can use the QB designed run, an option here and there, and lots of RPOs.
The addition of King is certainly an exciting one, and once again, for the second offseason in a row, there is new optimism on the offense in Coral Gables.
The question is this time will the excitement last longer into the season, and will it produce?
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