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Miami Hurricanes fires Manny Díaz as Mario Cristobal speculation lingers

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Miami (Florida) Hurricanes have fired head football coach Manny Díaz on Monday. He led the program for the last three seasons. 

The 47-year-old Miami native took over the program before the 2019 season. He took over for former head coach Mark Richt. 

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Díaz guided the program to a 21-15 record during his time at the school. After going 6-7 in his first season, the Canes have rebounded with a 15-8 record the last two seasons.

“We are grateful to Coach Diaz for his many contributions to our campus community and 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.”

Diaz’s departure comes amid speculation that the school will hire fellow Miami native Mario Cristobal, who has led the Oregon Ducks since 2018. There has even been speculation that his contract with Miami — should he accept the job — would be close to $8 million per season.

Cristobal is currently being paid $5.5 million by the Eugene, Oregon-based school. He is 35-13 with the Ducks and 62-60 as a head coach that includes a stop with the FIU Panthers from 2007 through 2012. 

The Miami Herald report also suggests that Dan Radakovich will leave the Clemson Tigers to become the school’s new Athletic Director.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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