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Manny Diaz Calls Miami's Situation A 'Rebuild' After Georgia Tech Loss

A closeup of Manny Diaz at a Miami Hurricanes press conference.

CORAL GABLES, FL - JANUARY 02: Manny Diaz of the Miami Hurricanes addresses the media during his introductory press conference in the Mann Auditorium at the Schwartz Center on January 2, 2019 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Miami vs. Georgia Tech pit two ACC Coastal teams with first year head coaches, Manny Diaz and Geoff Collins, against one another. One situation was about as substantial a rebuild as you will find, with a giant shift in system and philosophy, while the other was ultimately something of a continuity hire.

You wouldn't know which is which by looking at the result. Georgia Tech, under Collins, the former head coach at Temple, and in its first year post-Paul Johnson's option attack, took down The U in overtime, 28-21.

Georgia Tech may not be running the option anymore, but its attack was very run-focused today. The Yellow Jackets went for 207 yards on the ground, with Jordan Mason leading the way with 141 and a score.

Even with a rocky start to the season, Miami is seen as one of the contenders to win the ACC Coastal (that list is comprised of basically every team but Georgia Tech). The U was an 18-point favorite in today's game.

After the game, Manny Diaz admitted that the present situation is "ugly," and called his team a rebuild.

He may not be totally wrong, but coming from a member of the 2018 staff, it is an interesting admission. Manny Diaz was set to become the new head coach at Temple to replace Collins, coincidentally. He had accepted the job, and was on campus, when Mark Richt abruptly stepped down following a disappointing 2018 season. The Miami native, and son of the city's former mayor, couldn't turn down the chance to be the school's next head coach. That is certainly understandable, on paper Miami should be a great job, even if coach after coach fails to figure out how to return it to anything near its 1980s and 90s peak. Still, if it is a rebuild, it sure sounds like he's pinning some of the blame for the current situation on Richt's staff, but as defensive coordinator of that team, he was one of the highest ranking members of it. And it is definitely not what 'Canes fans want to hear when they just lost to a school that is transitioning away from one of the most specific systems in all of college football. [

Manny Diaz: "You can see the promise of the future and the ugliness of the present. This is a rebuild."

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