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Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Manny Diaz reportedly leaving for Texas

By Chris Low

Mississippi State stepped up to the plate financially with the hopes of keeping Dan Mullen around as head coach.

But it looks like the Bulldogs are going to lose defensive coordinator Manny Diaz to Texas. ESPN.com's Bruce Feldman is reporting that Diaz has accepted Texas' offer to become defensive coordinator.

That's a tough blow for the Bulldogs, who are coming off the high of routing Michigan in the Progressive Gator Bowl and finishing with a nine-win season.

Diaz, 36, did a terrific job with the Bulldogs' defense this season and was one of the top young defensive coordinators in the country.

The most frustrating part for Mississippi State is that he'd only been there for one season, and the defense figured to only get better under his direction going forward. The Bulldogs were third in the SEC this season in scoring defense.

But with Texas' deep pockets, the Longhorns were able to pry him away with a much more lucrative deal. Diaz's salary at Mississippi State was $260,000, which was a deal when you consider all the $700,000-plus salaries other defensive coordinators are making in this league.

Defensive line coach Chris Wilson could be in line to replace Diaz as Mississippi State's defensive coordinator. Wilson already had the title of co-defensive coordinator and came over from Oklahoma a year ago.