UT defensive coordinator Diaz 'relieved of duties'


by Mike Barnes / KVUE.com

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Posted on September 8, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 9 at 7:24 AM

AUSTIN -- University of Texas football defensive coordinator Manny Diaz has been "relieved of his duties" and former UT co-defensive coordinator Greg Robinson will take Diaz's place, head coach Mack Brown announced on Sunday. Diaz will be reassigned to a position within the athletics department.

The coaching reassignment comes after Texas' upset loss against the Brigham Young University Cougars on Saturday. BYU won 40-21 and put up 550 yards of offense against Diaz's defense.

"Our performance on defense last night was unacceptable, and we need to change that," Brown said in 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."
Robinson served as a co-defensive coordinator on the Longhorns' 2004 Rose Bowl Championship team and has been serving as a football analyst for Texas since July.
"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 in a statement. "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."
Robinson left Texas in 2005 for a head coaching job at Syracuse, then served as the defensive coordinator at Michigan from 2009-2010.
Robinson was Texas' co-defensive coordinator with Duane Akina, along with being linebackers coach, for the 2004 season, which culminated with an 11-1 record as the Longhorns won their first BCS Bowl and Rose Bowl Championship with a victory over Michigan. That season, Texas held its opponents to 320.1 yards and 17.9 points per game, while ranking 16th in rushing defense.
"I need to get with the staff, work with them to get a plan in place and hit the ground running," Robinson said. "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."