Texas vs. BYU: Manny Diaz's Defense Is About to Put Mack Brown on the Hot Seat

T.J. McaloonContributorSeptember 8, 2013

MANHATTAN, KS - DECEMBER 01:  Head coach Mack Brown of the Texas Longhorns watches from the sidelines during the game against the Kansas State Wildcats at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on December 1, 2012 in Manhattan, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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After the way the Texans Longhorns defense performed under Manny Diaz versus BYU in a 40-21 drubbing in Provo, Utah, head coach Mack Brown is now certainly on the hot seat. 

In the first half, the Texas defense gave up 349 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. Two of BYU’s touchdown runs came from more than 30 yards out, with their third score starting from the 20-yard line.

So with all of that production coming in the first half, you would think that Diaz and Brown would make adjustments, right? 


BYU’s first possession of the second half resulted in another rushing touchdown. That one came on a 26-yard run from Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill, his third of the game.

The defense was so bad that it set a new record for most rushing yards surrendered in school history, as BYU racked up 550 yards on the ground. In fact, BYU surpassed its own team record that had stood for 55 years. 

Brown must certainly think very differently of the coordinator he once admired. Here is what he told the Associated Press, via ESPN, about Diaz before the defensive coordinator came aboard in 2011:

After an extensive search, including conversations with head coaches and offensive coordinators around the country, Manny's name continued to come up. He's a bright, young coach who brings a lot of energy to our program.

The Longhorns season doesn’t get any easier after BYU. 

Before starting the Big 12 slate, they play a tough Ole Miss team at home. And although we are only two weeks into the season, things are already looking grim: 

After the game, Coach Brown may have tipped his hand regarding Diaz, courtesy of ESPN's Max Olson:

Brown was excited to see Diaz come in after Will Muschamp departed for Florida. But if he and Texas don't make a move soon, Brown will find that he is the one on the hot seat.