Manny Diaz was fired as the Longhorns’ defensive
coordinator, Texas announced Sunday afternoon. He has been replaced by Greg
Robinson, who served as the Longhorns’ co defensive coordinator with secondary
coach Duane Akina in 2004.
Texas allowed a school-record 550 rushing yards in a 40-21
loss to BYU in Provo this weekend, 259 of them coming from Cougars quarterback
Taysom Hill, who completed only 9 of 26 passes but led BYU to a convincing
victory over the Longhorns on Saturday.“Our performance on defense last night was unacceptable and
we need to change that,” Texas head coach Mack Brown said in a statement.
“[Robinson] knows this place, did a terrific job in leading our defense before,
and I’m excited to have him back on the field.”
Missed tackles plagued the Longhorns defense last year when
they gave up more total yards than any team in school history. They were once
again a problem when Hill ran circles around Texas defenders, rushing for
touchdowns of 68, 20 and 26 yards. BYU tailback Jamaal Williams was also
productive, running for 182 yards on 30 carries.Brown said that Robinson, who re-joined the Longhorns
coaching staff as a football analyst this year, would join the staff Monday to
prepare for the Longhorns’ upcoming game against Ole Miss next weekend. “This is a tough deal for everyone involved,” Robinson said.
“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.”Diaz has been reassigned to an unspecified position in the
Texas athletic department.