Miami has fired head coach Manny Diaz, the university announced after a confirming report by 247Sports’ Andrew Ivins. The Hurricanes posted a 7-5 (5-3 ACC) record in 2021. In three seasons from 2019-21, Diaz went 21-15 and 16-9 against ACC play.
“The University of Miami today informed football head coach Manny Diaz that he will not be retained for the 2022 football season,” the university said in a statement.
“‘We are grateful to Coach Diaz for his many contributions to our campus community and to his native South Florida, and for the strong leadership and exemplary character he exhibited during his tenure at the University,’ said President Julio Frenk. ‘We wish him and his family the very best as they move forward.’
“The University is committed to providing its student-athletes with the best opportunities to succeed and to building championship-caliber teams at the U. An announcement regarding new leadership for the football program will be forthcoming.”
Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel first reported the news Monday morning.
Following Mark Richt’s retirement prior to the 2019 season, Diaz was hired to lead the Hurricanes. He experienced a tough first year on the job, but Miami put together a promising 2020 campaign under Diaz in which they went 8-3.
After blowing out Duke to end the year, Diaz was asked about his future with the Hurricanes. Diaz replied by saying that he was proud of how his team finished the season, and he said the program would try to build on that throughout the offseason.
“All I know is that, every week, we’ve been on a one-week mission,” Diaz said, via InsideTheU. “This week, the mission was to beat Duke. What I’m proud of is the guys in that locker room. I’m proud of how all in they are for this program. To do what they’ve been able to do and finish the year the way we’ve been able to finish. You look at the young guys making plays on that field, there’s a hunger.
“It’s not the end. It’s the beginning. It’s about to get really, really good. They understand that. They know the mistakes we made this year. We all own it. But to look at the adversity that we’ve looked at in the eye every week and for these guys to never flinch and for week after week to bring it. They’re all in. They’re invested in the program and they play for each other with that hunger that we talk about that is going to last throughout this last this entire offseason.”