Temple looking for new football coach again

Tim Jimenez
December 31, 2018 - 9:17 am
Manny Diaz is shown in 2017 as Miami Hurricanes defensive coordinator

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Temple University is used to having to get a new head football coach every few years, but in this case, Temple is going to have to find a new coach for the second time in a month. 

The Manny Diaz era ends before it got started and Marc Narducci, who follows Temple football for the Philadelphia Inquirer, he ays it's back to the drawing board — with maybe a different approach — for the Owls. 

"They need to find someone where Temple is their dream job," he said. "Even when Manny Diaz was interviewed, he was fielding tons of questions about how long was he gonna stay."

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Well, it turns out Diaz would stay for 17 days. He is now taking over the University of Miami football team that he left earlier this month. He had been the defensive coordinator under Mark Richt, who suddenly retired Sunday. The Hurricanes gig was his dream job. He's from Miami, and his dad was even mayor there from 2001 to 2009. Home must be where the heart is.

"As excited as I am about staying home, I hate the way this unfolded with respect to Temple,' Diaz said in a statement.

"It's a tough blow for Temple because they've had quite a few coaches come through and effectively use the place as a stepping stone," said John DiCarlo, who follows Temple sports as the editor of Owlscoop.com.

"I'm really diasppointed, but it's a state of, I guess, of where college athletics is today in terms of loyalty," voice of the Temple Owls and former longtime KYW anchor Harry Donahue said.

Donahue says Miami may have been Diaz's dream job all along, but his decision to not stick with Temple doesn't just affect him. It affects the players who committed to the school, and others.

"He hired, actually, two assistant coaches, and I don't know what's gonna happen to them," he said. "But now he's going back to Miami, and everybody will say, 'Isn't that nice he picked a chance to go home?' Well, it's nice for him and his family. He's probably gonna make more money. But at the same time, it leaves Temple standing at the doorsteps."

But Temple doesn't come away empty-handed. Diaz had a buyout clause, so Miami will reportedly be paying Temple around $4 million.