Canes Football Reset; New Energy

Curtis Stevenson
January 25, 2019 - 2:33 pm

It was less than a month ago that the Miami Hurricanes wrapped up their 2018 season in the Big Apple. It was a sour experience, as the Canes were walloped by Wisconsin 35-3, finishing the season with a disappointing record of 7-6. The program had been through some rough spots recently with bad losses, expectations not met, and ultimately coaching changes. It seemed like a new low. Why? Well most thought the Canes were headed in the championship direction after a 10 win season and a top ten ranking to start the new year. Now this. The program seemed to be at a crossroads. There were a lot of questions. It was a tense few days after that loss and then came the news that Head Coach Mark Richt was retiring effective immediately. WOW! It was a stunner, so now another question for this program arose. Who would be the coach? Names surfaced as the debate between fans became heated on social media and talk shows. Then hours after Richt stepped aside, Hurricanes Athletic Director Blake James made an announcement the would put a much needed jolt back into the program. Manny Diaz would be the next Head Coach of the Miami Hurricanes. But how? Manny was already introduced as Temple's next head man.

Well, Miami opened up the wallet and bought Diaz out of that agreement so he could lead the Canes. Most applauded the decision to keep the prodigal son home. This will be his first opportunity to lead a football team, but there is little doubt that he has the makeup to be successful in his new role as the main man. One thing that Diaz brings is energy. Diaz doesn't just have it, he manufactures it. He traffics in it. It is contagious when you are around him. For a program that needed a boost, he brings it. His first order of business was to revamp the offensive staff, which was an easy call after the struggles of last season. He has brought in some impressive coaches who will certainly fall in with his line of thinking. Expect the offense to match what we have seen on defense the last few years; being aggressive and using multiple personnel and sets. Dan Enos will be charged with running the offense. He comes from Alabama and I think will pay immediate dividends.

On the other side of the ball, Diaz brought in a new defensive coordinator from Louisiana Tech in Blake Baker. A young mind who will lead the defense with the rest of the coaches remaining in place on that side of the ball. After filling out his staff, Manny turned to the next problem that plagued Miami this past season. Lack of talent and experience. Using the new transfer rules to his advantage, he quickly opened the door for a number of players to come play for "The New Miami" as he calls it. Miami has already landed quarterback Tate Martell from Ohio State, wide receiver KJ Osborn from Buffalo, offensive lineman Tommy Kennedy out of Butler and a few more who will fill a need for the Canes either this year or next. And they are not done by any means. National signing day is just two weeks away and expect Miami to grab a few more high level prospects than originally expected. It is hard to explain how Diaz has turned this thing around so quickly, considering where they were just a short time ago ending 2018. But his energy and relentlessness has made Miami viable again and there seems to be no end to the momentum that Diaz has created. Not even the biggest optimist imagined this a short time ago. It just goes to show you what the right man and right attitude can do to a situation. Go Canes! 

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