Diaz eyes ma­jor turn­around

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - By Randy Riggs rriggs@states­man.com states­man.com. De­fense C states­man.com/ game­week.

SAN AN­TO­NiO — When word leaked re­cently that Manny Diaz had with­drawn from con­sid­er­a­tion for the head­coach­ing job at Florida In­ter­na­tional, it was tough to tell who was more dis­ap­pointed — Diaz or those dis­grun­tled fans who would have helped the Longhorns’ de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor pack his bags.

Such is life when you go from boy ge­nius to whip­ping boy in less than a year.

“That,” Diaz said Thurs­day, “is the com­edy of the whole thing.”

For Texas, it’s been a com­edy that’s been short on laughs.

Af­ter ar­riv­ing last year and co­or­di­nat­ing a de­fense that led the Big 12 in numer­ous sta­tis­ti­cal cat­e­gories in­clud­ing yards al­lowed, Diaz has been at the helm of a 2012 unit that, bar­ring a fa­nat­i­cal ef­fort in Satur­day’s Alamo Bowl against Ore­gon State, will have al­lowed more yards than any de­fense in Texas’ proud his­tory.

This UT de­fense has sur­ren­dered 413.1 yards per game, 107 more yards per out­ing than a year ago. The pre­vi­ous high came in 1993 when the ■ Get com­plete Longhorns cov­er­age lead­ing up to the Alamo Bowl, in­clud­ing pregame press con­fer­ence video, pho­tos and stats, at ■ Watch the States­man’s Randy Riggs and Cine­S­port’s Noah Coslov pre­view the game and dis­cuss what to ex­pect in 2013 in a video with this story at

SLonghorns al­lowed 401.2 yards per game.

For Diaz, 38, it’s been an

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