New Miami football coach Manny Diaz didn’t waste much time in delivering a scalding hot take on the state of recruiting.
Weirdly, it resulted in a shot at Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant.
Diaz rejoins the staff a few weeks after taking the head coaching job at Temple.
With Mark Richt’s sudden retirement, the Hurricanes reached back out to Diaz, and got him to take the job in his hometown.
He had served as The U’s defensive coordinator since 2016.
Manny Diaz was asked about recruiting, and said that Kevin Durant and the NBA are to blame for players flocking to “winning” programs.
I’m not sure where Diaz thinks players were heading before the summer of 2016, but sure.
From the Miami Herald:
“Sometimes it just takes one,” coach Manny Diaz said of snagging top recruits. “Sometimes it just takes that one guy that’s like, ‘I’m staying’ and then it goes. There’s going to be more skill guys [in South Florida] than what we can take, but there’s no doubt [UM needs more of the elite recruits.]
“Look, the world has changed, and I’m going to blame the NBA. Once Kevin Durant went to the Warriors after they were 3-1 up when he was at Oklahoma City — kids want to go where the winning is. So, that’s hard because you have to create the winning to get them to come to where the winning is. So, there’s a natural tendency to be drawn to the places that are currently on top, which, that’s fair.
The funniest part here is that with this line of thinking, you could more accurately trace the blame back to LeBron James forming a superteam in…Miami.
Of course, that wouldn’t fly.
Either way, complaining about kids wanting to play for championship caliber teams seems like a strange strategy for a coach who should ostensibly have championship aspirations.