Diaz spent one season at the MSU d-coordinator in 2010, parlaying that good season into the DC job at Texas. In Austin, the Texas D was good his first year, mixed in 2012 and after the Longhorns gave up 550 yards rushing to BYU early in Year Three, Mack Brown fired Diaz. Diaz spent this past season at Louisiana Tech, where the D was ranked 31st in total defense and 53rd in scoring defense.
Manny Diaz will be the new defensive coordinator at Mississippi State per SI http://t.co/sNnVtz3C1h— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) January 5, 2015
In other words, there likely would have been both crimson supporters and detractors had Diaz been Mike Leach’s choice.
So we’re back to where we were on Dec. 1. It’s now been five weeks since Bill Moos famously said on his radio show; “I would expect we may have someone in place sooner than later.” (Good one, Bill.)
Will it be Clancy Pendergast? How about Tim Kish out of Oklahoma?
Could it be fan favorite Ed Orgeron?
Or perhaps it will wind up being Chris Ball, whom sources told CF.C got a "courtesy call" about the job in mid-December from Leach.
Would Utah State DC Todd Orlando be a good fit under Leach?
Or will it be someone else, a name completely off the grid?
It’s been 36 days since Mike Breske was fired and the most closely held secret this side of the Manhattan Project began.
On his KXLY radio show in Spokane this morning, Moos said the new DC should be hired by the end of the week.
Regardless who the hire is, Moos turned up the heat on expectations, saying, "We don't want fans to go get a hot dog and soda when the offense is off the field. We want our defense to be as exciting."