For days now, the college football world has been waiting to find out when the Miami Hurricanes head coaching carousel will stop spinning. It appears to be slowing down now that reports are out that Manny Diaz has been fired as head coach after three seasons at the helm.

His firing clears the way for Miami to hire Mario Cristobal away from the Oregon Ducks to be their new head coach.

Miami finished this season 7-5 and will play Washington State in the Sun Bowl, though presumably now with an interim coach.

Diaz took over as head coach at Miami from Mark Richt after serving as his defensive coordinator. He went 21-15 in three seasons, which isn’t terrible but doesn’t match the expectations that come with being the head coach at The U.

Diaz notably had accepted the head coaching position at Temple before Richt retired, and then doubled back to Miami to take that job instead.

Miami has been aggressively pursuing Cristobal all week as they see the Miami native, former Canes assistant, and former FIU coach as an ideal fit.

Three years after he was hired, the college football world has some thoughts about the way things worked out for Manny Diaz and how he’s been waiting for this news for a while now.

All signs point to Cristobal taking the job now, so we’ll have to look back in three years and see if all this drama was worth it. In the meantime, Diaz gets to enjoy his healthy buyout and likely land somewhere else with a head coaching job if he wants it.

[Bruce Feldman]

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