Provo, UTAH -- The Longhorns' release of Manny Diaz comes on the heals of one of the worst games, both defensively and offensively, Texas has seen in a while. A game that Mack Brown preluded with statements about the Cougars physicality and toughness, saying his team would have to match those traits.
A 40-21 disaster later and it was clear Texas didn't match BYU at all.
"Disappointed in them, disappointed in us. We didn't get our job done tonight as players or coaches. We couldn't stop the run and we couldn't make third and fourth and short, and that's basically the story of the game," Brown admitted after the game Saturday.
The story of the game was the Cougars rushing attack, and the Horns glaring inability to stop it. BYU set a program record with an astronomical 550 yards on the ground, moving at will through the Texas defense.
"You never expect anything like this. Just happened to be their night I guess," Longhorns Cornerback Quandre Diggs said Saturday.
"This is not at all what we came out here for, that's not at all how we want to represent the University of Texas," added Linebacker Jordan Hicks.
Saturday's defensive performance brought back memories of last year. After the game Jackson Jeffcoat and Jordan Hicks both admitted Saturday kind of felt like some of those tough games last year, but both they and everyone else on the defense vowed to make sure this was just a one-time occurrence.
"It's not going to be a problem. As leaders we're going to get this corrected. We're going to watch the film and make sure that guys are doing their jobs, myself as well, and we'll get it corrected," said Jackson Jeffcoat on Saturday.
Little did the players know, Mack was likely already planning to correct the issue by reworking his defensive staff. Sunday, Texas Athletics released this press release confirming Diaz' release, and his replacement, former Defensive Coordinator Greg Robinson:
From the University Athletic Department:
"Manny Diaz has been relieved of his duties as Texas defensive coordinator, and former UT co-defensive coordinator Greg Robinson has been named to the position, head coach Mack Brown announced Sunday. Diaz will be reassigned to a position within the athletics department.
"Our performance on defense last night was unacceptable, and we need to change that," Brown said. "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."
A veteran of 36 years of coaching who has served as a defensive coordinator on two Super Bowl winning teams, and the Longhorns’ 2004 Rose Bowl Championship squad, Robinson began a stint as a football analyst with Texas in 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. "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.
"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. Because of Longhorn Network, I've also been able to see these guys for two to three years and am very familiar with the personnel."
He most recently served in coaching as the defensive coordinator at Michigan for two seasons (2009-10) after spending four years as the head coach at Syracuse (2005-08).
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 (23rd NCAA) and 17.9 points per game (18th NCAA), while ranking 16th in rushing defense (107.4 ypg).
"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."
Prior to Texas, Robinson spent 10 of his 14 years coaching in the NFL as a defensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs (2001-03), Denver Broncos (1995-2000) and New York Jets (1994). He was the Jets' defensive line coach for four seasons (1990-93) prior to his appointment as defensive coordinator.
Robinson was the Broncos' defensive coordinator during the organization's back-to-back Super Bowl titles in 1997 and 1998. His teams qualified for the playoffs in seven of his 14 seasons in professional football.
Before his NFL career, Robinson spent eight years with the UCLA Bruins, coaching the defensive line for seven seasons (1982-88) and serving as offensive coordinator in 1989. Robinson also had collegiate stints at N.C. State (1980-81), Cal State Fullerton (1977-79) and the University of the Pacific (1975-76)."
The first opportunity the media will have to speak to Mack will be his weekly Monday press conference, which will air in full at noon on YNN.