Miami hires Mario Cristobal after painful end to Manny Diaz era

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Manny Diaz, fired by Miami, is the victim of the same strangulation system he used to his advantage when he took the job.

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The University of Miami officially announced the termination of Diaz on Monday, and shortly thereafter named Mario Cristóbal as its new head coach. Cristobal played the offensive in Miami from 1989–1992 and began his coaching career there as an assistant. In Oregon, his teams scored 35–13 in four seasons and won the Pac-12 twice.

According to multiple reports, Cristobal is expected to be joined in Miami by Clemson Athletic Director Dan Radakovich.


“We are grateful to Coach Diaz for his many contributions to our campus community and his native South Florida, and for the strong leadership and exemplary character he displayed during his tenure at the university,” said Miami President Julio Franck. “We wish him and his family the best of luck moving forward.”

Miami is hiring Mario Cristóbal after Manny Diaz is kicked off the air.

The Hurricanes were 21–15 in the three years under Diaz, who replaced his former boss Mark Rich as head coach.

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Despite cheers in the statement, Miami did not pay much attention to Diaz’s feelings in the process. The conversation with Cristobal remained public for several days while Diaz turned on the air.

“The Cristóbal talks began in the middle of last week and ended in the middle of the afternoon on Sunday,” Miami Herald reporter Barry Jackson tweeted, “He told UM he was planning on taking the job, but Keynes definitely fired Diaz. He’s being given a big budget for assistants, a vital resource to fix this.”

Don’t shed too many tears for Diaz. He is due for a multi-million dollar purchase. In addition, he took advantage of the tough game of college football when he took a job in Miami. Diaz signed a contract to become Temple’s head coach in late 2018, but spoke for Miami less than a month later.


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