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Reports: Duke Set To Hire Manny Diaz As Football Coach

Welcome to Duke, coach Diaz!

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 MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 20: Head Coach Manny Diaz of the Miami Hurricanes sends in play calls during the game against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the half at Hard Rock Stadium on November 20, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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Various reports have emerged suggesting that Duke will hire Manny Diaz later today as its new football coach.

Diaz was of course the head coach at Miami for three seasons, finishing with a 21-15 record and 16-9 in the ACC.

He’s an outstanding defensive mind, having put together solid defenses at NC State, Miami and Penn State, among others.

Diaz was of course fired at Miami after his third season after starting 2-4. He did finish 7-5 but was fired almost exactly two years ago (December 6, 2021).

Is this solid choice?

Time will tell of course, but AD Nina King has made solid hires so far so you have to trust her judgment.

What we can’t know right now, although people more familiar with Miami could tell us, is how well he put together his staff, how well he delegates and how well he recruits. All of those are obviously very key to anyone’s success.