Everyone looking forward to Saturday night’s Texas-BYU tilt knew that it was going to be a tough test for coach Mack Brown’s Longhorns. However, no one could have foreseen the 40-21 drubbing the Horns took at the hands of quarterback Taysom Hill and the rest of the Cougars in Provo, Utah
It’s been less than 24 hours after the pixels have all dried on the game’s box score and we are already seeing the fallout. Texas has fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz after his defense gave up a school-record 550 rushing yards on 72 carries – an average of 7.6 yards per attempt.
According to Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com, Greg Robinson will replace Diaz as the Longhorns defensive coordinator.
Robinson was the Longhorns defensive coordinator in 2004 when Texas finished 11-2 and won the Rose Bowl. He was hired as a football analyst for UT and even stated the following upon his arrival regarding his and Diaz’s alignment on Texas’ staff (via Coaching Search):
“In (defensive coordinator) Manny (Diaz’s) case, I don’t want it in any way for him to feel like he has someone looking over his shoulder at all. That’s not what I’m there for. I don’t want to in any way inhibit him or any of the coaches. Mack and I talked about that, and that was important to me. I want these coaches to know that I’m there for them and just to be helpful and provide any information I can find, to review, study and provide them data that they’ll have access to. That was really important to me and Mack agreed that was the right way. That’s how I see this working.”
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Brown is apparently in panic mode with the latest loss. Whether or not it was the right move remains to be seen, but what’s certain is the fact that Brown’s seat is warming up by the day.