It was first reported by Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports, who said in a post on Twitter, “Source: Temple is finalizing a deal to make Miami DC Manny Diaz the next head coach.”
Diaz is in his third season with the Hurricanes after being fired as defensive coordinator by Texas at mid-season in 2013.
Miami’s defense ranks No. 2 nationally in total defense this season and is in the top 20 in every major statistical category. Last season,
Diaz’s defense led the way as Miami won its first 10 games and rose to No. 2 in the College Football Playoff poll in November.
The 44-year-old has also coordinated defenses for Mississippi State, Middle Tennessee and Louisiana Tech.
The head coach job at Temple has served as a stepping stone to bigger coaching gigs for several coaches, including Al Golden (Miami), Steve Addazio (Boston College), Matt Rhule (Baylor) and Geoff Collins (Georgia Tech), who posted a 15-10 record the last two seasons with the Owls.
Diaz, long considered one to the top assistant coaches in the nation, interviewed with Temple on Monday and there was speculation from the start that he would land the job.