Temple is finalizing a contract to make Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz its next head coach, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because details of the deal were still being worked out. Diaz would replace Geoff Collins, who left Temple after two seasons to become coach at Georgia Tech last week. Like Collins, Diaz has been a successful defensive coordinator with Power Five schools.
Their careers already have crossed. Collins helped replace Diaz as co-defensive coordinator at Mississippi State in 2011 after Diaz left for Texas. In 2015, when Collins left Mississippi State for Florida, Diaz returned to the Bulldogs.