Report: Miami defensive coordinator emerges as lead candidate for football coach

Manny Diaz is the “top candidate” for the Temple job, Brett McMurphy reported on Wednesday.

Updated at 2:05 p.m on Dec. 12

University of Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz is the “top candidate” to become Temple University’s new football coach, Brett McMurphy reported on Wednesday.

Diaz interviewed for the position on Monday, the Miami Herald reported on Tuesday.

Diaz has coached one of the best defenses in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season. The Hurricanes are ranked second in total defense. They lead the FBS in fewest passing yards allowed, tackles for loss and third-down defense.

When Diaz was hired at Miami in January 2016, he inherited a defense that ranked 69th in total defense. The Hurricanes ranked 20th in his first season.

The University of Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown and Temple interim coach Ed Foley have also interviewed for the job, the Inquirer reported.

Michigan has the best defense in the FBS this season, allowing the fewest yards per game. The Wolverines’ pass defense ranks second, allowing 145.9 passing yards per game.

Texas A&M University defensive coordinator Mike Elko, who reportedly interviewed for the coaching position earlier this week, is no longer a candidate, Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel reported on Wednesday.

Temple is seeking to hire its fourth coach since 2010.

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