Manny Diaz to Temple hurts, but we should have seen it coming

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2016, file photo, Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz gives instructions to the players during NCAA college football practice in Coral Gables, Fla. Diaz has had successful stints at Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech and now Miami, where the Hurricanes went from awful to excellent defensively in their first year under Diaz. The 43-year-old is once again an up-and-comer in the business. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

This might be the worst loss all season for the Miami Hurricanes. And in a season where they lost 5 games, that is saying a lot. But, like some of those losses, we should have seen this one coming.

Manny Diaz helped to make the Canes defense one of the most feared and respected units in the country. He invented the turnover chain and used it often, with Miami ranked near the top in turnovers created since it’s inception. He also helped in recruiting, big time. Case in point, Miami has already received 3 de-commits in the past 24 hours.

Yeah, this one hurts, no doubt. But I think we should have seen this coming. Maybe not this soon, but it was inevitable. Manny Diaz is a great coach with a great inventive defensive mind. He’s also able to connect with these young kids in recruiting and on the field in ways that are rarely seen. Being on the sideline for a majority of Canes games the past couple of years, I can tell you first hand that those players loved him and loved playing for him.

From the first moment I walked by the man, he exuded head coach, you could just tell. Now that he is taking his talents away from South Beach and to Temple, Miami and Mark Richt have to figure out where they go from here. Because it seems he is going to take some of his assistants with him as well.

This is going to be a watershed moment for Richt and the Canes to see how they move forward from this moment on. Overcoming adversity from this loss may be tougher than any loss they suffered on the field this season.

They will either find a way to rebuild, or next year and the years after may not be too much fun.

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