Luther Campbell for University of Miami football coach Manny Diaz Jr.
Blake James, the athletic director at the University of Miami, needs to cut soccer coach, Manny Diaz Jr., at large. Everything he said about Diaz when he hired him to take over the show from Mark Richt in 2018 didn’t come to fruition.
Diaz has failed on every point: to bring in great assistant coaches. For players to run through walls for it. For the team to win championships. Three years have passed and none of that has been accomplished.
He set a record worse than Al Golden, the former Hurricanes coach who was instrumental in the program’s rapid descent.
Under Diaz’s direction, hurricanes have endured one embarrassing loss after another: Florida International University, the University of North Carolina, Clemson University, the University of Alabama, and Michigan State University.
Everything that made U great was torn down. Even the trading chain turned into a joke. Hurricanes are the laughing stock of college football. The fans are delusional, reviving the team’s glory days.
However, South Florida is still the soccer mecca in the United States when it comes to talent. High school players would rather stay home and go to the U. The problem is that the program doesn’t have coaches who can develop them into players of NFL caliber and take them to the next level. So high school players and their parents have to make a tough decision and go to elite programs like Alabama and Clemson, because Diaz and his assistants don’t have a good track record.
Recently, Miami Hurricanes football relies heavily on transitional players because they cannot compete with the top recruits. This is not how to run a program at the highest level.
Blake James needs to make a massive change. Fans and former U players want to bring in legendary former Canes player Gino Torretta and Alonzo Highsmith to oversee football operations and hire Ole Miss head coach Lynn Kevin.
Haters will say that Kevin would cost a lot and that his contract included a large takeover clause. This is not the case. It’s the best training candidate that can restore hurricanes’ bravado. When he was Florida Atlantic University’s top player, he had former Hurricanes players on his side. Kevin would return to Miami if he was offered the position of Hurricanes Technical Director.
It’s time for Blake James to cut out his bachelor’s degree and take the boldest step in his tenure as athletic director. It’s time to bring us back.