Diaz removed as Longhorns' DC

Diaz removed as Longhorns' DC
September 8, 2013, 4:00 pm
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CSNHouston Staff

The Longhorns gave up 679 yards to BYU in a 40-21 loss on Saturday.

That was enough for Mack Brown to fire defensive coordinator Manny Diaz on Sunday.

Former co-defensive coordinator Greg Robinson will take over. Diaz will be given another position in the athletics department.

"Our performance on defense last night was unacceptable, and we need to change that," Brown said in a statement released by the school. "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."

Robinson was Texas' co-defensive coordinator with Duane Akina, along with being linebackers coach, for the 2004 season. That year the Longhorns had an 11-1 record and won their first BCS Bowl and Rose Bowl Championship with a victory over Michigan.

"This is a tough deal for everyone involved, but I love The University of Texas, and Coach Brown has been wonderful to me," Robinson said. "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."