Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Texas makes first coordinator hire official
By David Ubben
Manny Diaz, the defensive coordinator at Mississippi State, has been hired for the same job at Texas, confirming multiple reports throughout the day on Wednesday.
"I was very flattered when I heard from Coach [Mack] Brown about this tremendous opportunity," Diaz said in a news release. "It was not something I sought out, but Coach Brown called, was very complimentary of our season and asked if I was interested in talking. I was very interested immediately. I'm really looking forward to being a part of a great team and staff. That all starts with Coach Brown and everything he's done to make Texas great. Just having the chance to be a cog in that wheel is really exciting to me."
Diaz is Texas' third hire after five positions came open at the end of the season. Bo Davis, previously at Alabama, has been hired to coach defensive tackles. Darrell Wyatt, previously at Kansas, has been hired to coach receivers.
The hire also means that Texas' defensive staff is set for the 2011 season.
"After an extensive search, including conversations with head coaches and offensive coordinators around the country, Manny's name continued to come up," Brown said. "He's a bright, young coach who brings a lot of energy to our program. Manny's been a tremendous staff person everywhere he has been, and he will fit in perfectly with our guys here. When you add him and Bo (Davis) to Duane (Akina) and Oscar (Giles), that's a defensive staff I'm really excited about moving forward with."