Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/22/14
Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz confirmed that former Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz has been hired as the Bulldogs’ new defensive coordinator. Several sources indicate that Diaz took the Louisiana Tech job in order to remain a defensive coordinator. He reportedly had several offers from larger schools as a position coach. Diaz, 39, was fired as the Longhorns’ defensive coordinator by former UT coach Mack Brown the day after after the Longhorns were gashed for a program-record 550 rushing yards in their 40-21 loss to BYU. He was replaced by Greg Robinson after Brown described Diaz’s efforts as “unacceptable.” Diaz was hired by Brown before the 2011 season after one season at Mississippi State and four seasons at Middle Tennessee State. Despite Diaz’s struggles last season, Holtz was delighted about what Diaz will bring to the Bulldogs. “I am very excited Manny Diaz is joining our staff,” Holtz said. “He brings great experiences with a lot of success at a lot of different stops. He brings excitement, a passion for the game, plenty of experience and a reputation for success that precedes him. I look forward to working with him and welcome him to the Louisiana Tech family.” Diaz inherits a defense that was the fourth most-improved unit in the country. Louisiana Tech ranked 63rd in the nation in total defense in 2013, allowing an average of 408.2 yards per game.
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