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Manny Diaz out, Greg Robinson in as Texas’ DC

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As laughable as Texas’ loss to BYU Saturday night was, the Longhorns’ reported solution to the defensive problems is equally absurd.

According to Chip Brown of, UT defensive coordinator Manny Diaz has been fired by head coach Mack Brown.  The move comes less than 24 hours after the Longhorns’ defense was gashed for a school-record 550 yards rushing in a loss to BYU.

Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman subsequently confirmed that Diaz has been fired.

The move to replace Diaz post-haste is not exactly unexpected; the individual handpicked by Brown to do the replacing, though, is.

Again according to Brown, Greg Robinson will replace Diaz as UT’s defensive coordinator.

Robinson, who was the head coach at Syracuse from 2005-08 (10-37), was hired in January of this year to serve as a “football analyst” on the Longhorn Network.  Prior to returning to UT — he spent the 2004 season as Brown’s DC — Robinson spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons as Rich Rodriguez‘s coordinator at Michigan.  The Wolverines were 82nd in total defense in 2009, 110th in 2010.  UM was 77th in scoring defense in 2009 and 108th in scoring defense in 2010.

Rodriguez was fired after the 2010 season.

UPDATED 5:13 p.m. ET: Mack Brown has confirmed that Diaz is out, Robinson is in as UT’s defensive coordinator.

“Our performance on defense last night was unacceptable, and we need to change that,” Brown said ion a statement. “Greg will be here tonight and get with the staff and players to start preparing for Ole Miss. He will be running our defense immediately. We’re very fortunate that Greg has been around, watched all of our practice video and has a good scouting report moving forward. His familiarity with the staff and players should make for a smooth transition. He knows this place, did a terrific job in leading our defense before, and I’m excited to have him back on the field. We’re back at it and working hard to beat Ole Miss this weekend.”

UPDATED 5:26 p.m. ET: Here’s the statement from Robinson on his being elevated from “football analyst” to defensive coordinator at UT.

“This is a tough deal for everyone involved, but I love The University of Texas, and Coach Brown has been wonderful to me. I’ll do anything I can to help him, so when he called, I told him I’d be there today. I know the staff, have a lot of respect for them and am excited for the challenge moving forward.

 “I’ve been around the team a lot, watched all of their film and have been self scouting and scouting opponents since I came on board in July. Because of Longhorn Network, I’ve also been able to see these guys for two to three years and am very familiar with the personnel. …

“I need to get with the staff, work with them to get a plan in place and hit the ground running. I think very highly of the defensive coaches I’m working with – Duane (Akina), Oscar (Giles) and Bo (Davis) –  so it’s critical for me to get with them and figure out what specifically we need to do moving forward. Having coached here, I do know the ins and outs and having the stability with the rest of the staff will be very beneficial.”

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17 Responses to “Manny Diaz out, Greg Robinson in as Texas’ DC”
  1. gopokes0714 says: Sep 8, 2013 5:15 PM

    Mack is quick to fire his assistants to save his job, but when is Mack’s head on the table? He has already gotten rid of everyone once, who is left to blame?

  2. cometkazie says: Sep 8, 2013 5:26 PM

    The Jets of the southwest.

    Maybe I shouldn’t insult the Yets.

    Sorry . . . .

  3. mrlaloosh says: Sep 8, 2013 5:34 PM

    Hey ESPN, $300,000,000 for the Longhorn network? BwaaaaHaaaabwaaaaa! HA! Maybe get a refund?

  4. sillec28 says: Sep 8, 2013 5:37 PM

    Brown should fire himself.

  5. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 8, 2013 5:51 PM

    I wonder if Charlie Strong has been contacted by Deloss?

    Watch this situation play out in Austin over the course of this season. Texas is a school that protects it’s brand with a fierce pride. Mack will step aside for the sake of the program, and Deloss will open up the coffers for a name head coach,including Saban.

    Four years of not being on the national stage is chafing Deloss. He sees what is happening 90 miles away in College Station and that is the type of attention Deloss

    Charlie Strong, Nick Saban, Jim Mora and David Shaw are probably on Deloss’s speed dial.


  6. John Taylor says: Sep 8, 2013 6:00 PM

    @amosalanzostagg: the Mack Brown situation at UT, along with Kiffin at USC, could have some serious dominoes tumbling on the coaching carousel in a coupla months. Those are two very high-profile and prestigious jobs, and would cause some significant chaos if they both came open at the same time. Or UT and USC could just trade head coaches and be done with it. 😉

  7. trinityeagle says: Sep 8, 2013 6:12 PM

    Good luck to Texas. Hopefully he has learned something from the Rich Rod years at Michigan. Hopefully we don’t hear about how Texas is going to play the 3-3-5 from here on out or something.

  8. thefiesty1 says: Sep 8, 2013 6:22 PM

    Oh NO! Not back to read and react TOO LATE defense that he has always done. Remember what he did when he was here before and what he did at Syracuse and Michigan. We’re really in the toilet now.

  9. mcjon22 says: Sep 8, 2013 7:11 PM

    I think the guy who decided not to recruit Jameis Winston should be fired

  10. trinityeagle says: Sep 8, 2013 7:42 PM

    Texas recruited both RGIII and Johnny Manziel as safeties. They are recruiting the right people, just for the wrong positions.

  11. harbourimages says: Sep 8, 2013 9:01 PM

    GREG ROBINSON? Good luck with THAT! Geesh!

    GO BLUE! Glad you got him, and not us any longer….

  12. waltrd says: Sep 8, 2013 9:23 PM

    Diaz wasn’t the man for the job. Neither is Greg Robinson if you look at his track record. The problems remains though. It’s Mack Brown who needs to be fired. Once a good coach and recruiter, his skills now are not the right ones for today’s football players.

  13. bronzestarusmc says: Sep 8, 2013 9:43 PM


  14. artisan3m says: Sep 9, 2013 12:12 AM

    The way Mack is sacking coaches to cover his own butt, I’m not surprised he had to go to the broadcast booth for a DC. Most of them aren’t looking for short term employment and none are up to being his next sacrificial lamb. He might see what the rest of us saw Saturday ~ that O-line is just a bit suspect, too, as is the head coach.

  15. mogogo1 says: Sep 9, 2013 10:25 AM

    The time to replace coaches is not once the season has started. This is a desperate move.

    How difficult is it going to be to put in a new scheme with the season already started? They’ve been working on Diaz’s scheme and calls for months. I don’t see any way an entirely new scheme gets successfully implemented. At best it ends up a hybrid between the Diaz system and what Robinson likes.

  16. sportsdrenched says: Sep 9, 2013 11:30 AM

    I remember Greg Robinson as the DC of the Chiefs in 2003. They went 13-3 because Dick Vermiel’s Coriel Offense was blowing the doors off people. Then the Payton Manning led Colts came to Arrowhead for the Divisional Playoff game and the Chiefs didn’t force a punt, not even once.

    Robinson was fired 1 day after that and I’m shocked to see him on the staff of a DI school. You don’t get to that level without having some coaching ability, BUT…his track record at this level of football is pretty awful.

  17. blueinok says: Sep 9, 2013 12:22 PM

    Good luck with that Texas, you’ll need it.
    Go Blue!

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