Miami coach Manny Diaz is one of the biggest names on college football’s hot seat, if you ask reporters like Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports. The Hurricanes are 2-4 and have just one FBS win, a comeback in fourth quarter over Appalachian State.
Diaz followed up his first campaign in 2019 with an 8-3 mark a season ago. There’s been a steep regression this year. Athletic director Blake James spoke to ESPN’s Andrea Adelson in an interview and was asked point-blank if Diaz was on the hot seat.
“I don’t know how you define hot seat,” James said. “Every one of my coaches is evaluated by how they do and how their teams do. Obviously, this is a disappointing season. We’re six games in, and we have six games left. Our focus is on doing everything we can to win our next six games.”
“It’s too hard to look into the future,” James said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen, again. I think everyone’s constantly being evaluated, and you make the decisions that you feel are best for the program.”
Miami had high expectations coming into this season with quarterback D’Eriq King returning from an ACL injury. The Hurricanes were expected to push for a Coastal Division title, but things haven’t gone their way.