Miami football makeover proves Manny Diaz knows how to build program

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The roster and staff makeovers for the Miami football program during the 2020 offseason shows Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz knows how to build a program.

Following a 6-7 2019 season head coach Manny Diaz proved he knows how to build a college football program by making necessary changes to the coaching staff and roster. Three new coaches on the offensive staff, a key new administrator and four high-level transfers have upgraded the Miami football program.

After finishing 90th in scoring offense and 98th in total offense, Diaz fired offensive coordinator Dan Enos after one season with the Miami football program. Enos was hired as a quarterback guru following success at that position with Alabama. Too much inconsistency in the Miami offense led to Enos being dismissed.

Rhett Lashlee comes to Miami with a plethora of success as an offensive coordinator at Auburn, UConn and SMU. Lashlee hired Garin Justice to replace Butch Barry as the new offensive line coach and Rob Likens as the new wide receiver coach replacing Taylor Stubblefield who left for Penn State.

Under Lashlee last season, SMU finished seventh in scoring offense and ninth in total offense. He brings an up-tempo spread to Miami that has not been used in recent memory. Miami has run a pro-style offense over at least the past four seasons. Lashlee and Likens have been gurus with wide receivers.

James Proche tied for the national lead in receptions with SMU last season. Likens has coached a WR chosen in the first round of each of the last two NFL Drafts. Lashlee, Likens and Justice all have experience as offensive coordinators. That type of experience will help the Hurricanes offense in the future.

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