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Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz still searching for offensive coordinator

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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.

Appearing as guest with 560 WQAM in Miami on “The Joe Rose Show,” Diaz spoke only generally about the new important hire:

“Wait…I thought ‘sources said’ we’ve hired about six different guys,” Diaz joked with the show.

“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.

It had been reported by a Canes fan site/blog, that Applewhite, who was fired by Houston after their bowl loss two weeks ago, was officially coming.

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?

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