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Temple football introduces Manny Diaz as new coach

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Temple football introduces Manny Diaz as new coach

Manny Diaz let everyone know what he thought of the reception he received when being introduced as Temple's football coach Thursday.

"This is better than what was on the brochure," he said.

The 44-year-old University of Miami defensive coordinator was introduced as the 15th head coach in school history in front of a packed crowd of students and supporters at Liacouris Center. Diaz replaces Geoff Collins, who left last week after two seasons to coach Georgia Tech.

"I was very deliberate in my time searching out the right head coaching opportunity," Diaz said. "I had some other opportunities throughout the years but I wanted to find the right fit not just for me but for my family and a place that is committed to a championship culture in all things."

Diaz, who said he will finish out the season for Miami in the Pinstripe Bowl against Wisconsin on Dec. 27, thanked all of the former coaches he has worked under in college football in his 19-year career. He was defensive coordinator at Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech, Texas and Middle Tennessee State.

"I had an amazing collection of head coaches I've worked under that have helped shape my philosophy and style," Diaz said. "That goes to back to my first head coach, Bobby Bowden, who was maybe the best ever to do it."

After mentioning the Bowden at Florida State coach, Diaz also thanked Chuck D'Amato, Rick Stockstill, Dan Mullin, Mack Brown, Skip Holtz and Mark Richt.

Unlike Diaz, Collins will not coach the Owls in their bowl game. The Owls take on Duke in the Walk On's Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana, On Dec. 27. Tight Ends Coach Ed Foley, who is the interim coach for Temple for the second time, will coach that game.

AP source: Temple finalizing deal to make Miami's Manny Diaz head coach

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AP source: Temple finalizing deal to make Miami's Manny Diaz head coach

Temple is finalizing a contract to make Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz its next head coach, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because details of the deal were still being worked out. Diaz would replace Geoff Collins, who left Temple after two seasons to become coach at Georgia Tech last week. Like Collins, Diaz has been a successful defensive coordinator with Power Five schools.

Their careers already have crossed. Collins helped replace Diaz as co-defensive coordinator at Mississippi State in 2011 after Diaz left for Texas. In 2015, when Collins left Mississippi State for Florida, Diaz returned to the Bulldogs.

Diaz, a Miami native, has directed top-15 defenses in yards per play allowed with the Hurricanes each season since joining them in 2016.

The 44-year-old went to Florida State and started his career as a graduate assistant on Hall of Fame coach Bobby Bowden's staff in 1998-99.

He seemed on a fast track to a head-coaching job in his 30s, but a three-year stint at Texas toward the end of Mack Brown's tenure as head coach turned out to be a setback for Diaz. He was fired early in the 2013 season.

Diaz resurfaced the next season at Louisiana Tech, before returning to Mississippi State for a year.

Temple was 8-4 this season under Collins, including 7-1 in the American Athletic Conference, with its loss to No. 7 UCF. The Owls have had five straight seasons of at least a .500 record under Matt Rhule and Collins, the longest stretch of sustained success for the program since the 1970s.