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New Canes coach Manny Diaz about Sunday- “no one could have predicted”

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A wild Sunday straight out of a day time soap opera script took place in real life for the Miami Hurricanes football program. First, their coach of the last three years, Mark Richt abruptly retired Sunday. Or, resigned. Or, was forced out. Or, whatever the truth is there.

Then, Canes athletic director Blake James swung into motion and put a phone call in to the former Miami defensive coordinator and new Temple head coach, Manny Diaz. And in a matter of hours, Diaz had un-taken the Temple job and come back to Miami to be their head coach.

Diaz commented publicly for the first time Monday morning on WQAM sports radio in Miami with host Joe Rose:

Diaz told the show:

“….it’s been wild. There’s no other way to explain it. It’s something that when everybody woke up yesterday morning, no one could have predicted. They don’t write scripts for these things, if they did, they would get thrown in the trash, because no one would believe it.”

Diaz, who was hired as defensive coordinator in 2016, further told the show that it was sometime midday yesterday his wife actually informed him of the Richt retirement, because she had gotten the information from other coaches wives at the University of Miami.

There was also the awkward part of having to inform Temple that he was going to renege on their agreement to come be their head coach. And, that also comes with a $4 million buyout price tag, which Miami will be paying.

Our Matt Zemek wrote further on Sunday night that coaches changing their mind is actually fairly common, especially when a job where they just were is still open.

Diaz said later in the interview that he had never gone back to Philadelphia after Miami’s Bowl loss on Thursday afternoon to Wisconsin. Rather, he returned on the team plane to Miami and had been in the process this weekend of hiring staff members for the Temple job.

Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reported Sunday night that Diaz was actually talking to a significant possible member of his staff when the news broke:

Diaz concluded the interview by complimenting work Richt had done over the past three seasons, including getting the team ranked #3 in the College Football Playoff rankings late last season, securing the Canes indoor practice facility that’s under construction and putting the foundation for the future.

There is no update yet, on what, if any, buyout Miami gave Richt or length of the deal and what Diaz’s salary will be with the Hurricanes.

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Former Canes coach Golden apparently ready for trial against school

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Former Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden is apparently about to have his day in court, while trying to recoup what he says is multi-millions of dollars that the University still owes him from firing him 5 years ago.

Miami Herald writer and columnist Barry Jackson had more on Monday evening that there apparently will not be a settlement by the school with the man that coached them for parts of five seasons in the 2010s.

Golden is seeking in excess of $3 million for what he says is compensation per his contract that he was owed when Miami terminated him in October of 2015 after a humiliating 58 – 0 lost to Clemson. The University says that Golden has been paid what the contract required.

As Jackson reported, there have already been depositions on both sides, including with Miami athletic director Blake James. And both James and Golden will be testifying in the civil suit about what went wrong and how it has not been rectified for almost three years, since the dispute started.

Golden came to Miami after having turned around the Temple football program, but only went 32 – 25 in his four plus seasons. He contends in a chain of emails that were obtained by the media recently, that the University mislead him about the Nevin Shapiro payment scandal and the punishments that Miami was going to receive for scholarship losses and a bowl ban.

He further contends that he asked for tough opponents like Wisconsin and Michigan State to be pushed back on the Canes schedule early in his tenure, while they were in the middle of the sanctions. However, that  James would not relent, thereby, making it much tougher for Miami to compete and win.

The University has had no comment on the possible suit going to trial. Golden’s lawyer told the media recently that they are anxious to have their day in front of a judge and jury.

Golden has been a position coach in the NFL with the Detroit Lions the last two years. Meanwhile, Miami is still trying to find their footing with coach Manny Diaz coming off a dismal 6-7 season where they lost their last three games. That included a humiliating 14-0 shutout loss to Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl.

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Hurricanes name College Hall of Famer Ed Reed Chief of Staff

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The Miami Hurricanes are hoping to reestablish their winning ways, and coach Manny Diaz is starting 2020 by reaching back to a prominent member of their recent past to help them.

Diaz and the school announced Thursday afternoon that former All-American, National Champion and College and NFL Hall of Fame safety, Ed Reed, will be coming aboard as a newly-created “Chief of Staff” position for Hurricanes football:

As the school’s release said, Reed “will be responsible in advisory role of all aspects of the football program including strategic planning, quality control, operations, player evaluation and player Development among other duties.

Diaz said in the statement,

“We are thrilled to welcome Ed back to Coral Gables,” Diaz said. “He is not only one of the most decorated players in Miami football history but also a devoted Cane who cares deeply about this program. All of our players, coaches and staff will be fortunate to tap into his experience, knowledge and passion on a regular basis.”  

This hire comes on the heels of Miami apparently botching the hiring in a similar role of former star RB  from the 80’s Alonzo Highsmith earlier this month. Highsmith negotiated with Diaz and AD Blake James about looking to come back to Coral Gables after having been in a similar role with the Cleveland Browns in the NFL this past year. Alas, they could not agree. Highsmith has since been fired after the Browns fired GM John Dorsey and shook up their front office.

As for the “Chief of Staff” position, numerous college programs, including Clemson Alabama and Georgia have a similar positions to aid and assist the head coach with the day-to-day administration of program.

You cannot find a more decorated Cane willing to help, as Reed was arguably the best safety in college football in the 2000s. Miami posted a 23 – 1 record over his final two seasons (’00-’01) and he was part of the 2001 BCS Championship team that finished 11-1 and destroyed Nebraska in the Rose Bowl.

Reed with a consensus First-team All-American in 2000 and 2001 and set the Hurricanes record for interceptions with 21 before leaving Coral Gables.

Reed was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2018 for his accomplishments.

Reed was later a first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2002, playing at 11 sasons with them before playing his final year with the Texans and the Jets. He is a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and was an All-Pro six times. Reed was just inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame year ago.

Read was not quoted in the release by the Hurricanes on Thursday afternoon.

However, he did participate earlier during Super Bowl week in Miami with former Hurricanes legendary coach Jimmy Johnson in a special program from Fox Sports with other famous Hurricane alumni like Michael Irvin.

The program called “The ReUnion” dealt with Miami trying to regain the winning ways and dominance of the 80s and 90s.

Miami stumbled to a 6-6 finish and then was embarrassed to end Diaz’s first season with a 14-0 shutout loss to Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl.

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