The news that Diaz may be drawing interest for the job at Florida International is interesting. But it’s likely to be more indicative of a collaboration between the Bellmont spin machine, a Florida International AD feeling out national candidates via media, and Diaz’s use of media friendlies to raise a damaged profile, than a legitimate opportunity to hit reset at the defensive coordinator position in 2013.
Texas has done this before. When Texas fans grew weary of the Greg Davis act in 2007 – let’s call it Greg Davis Souring Part III – Bellmont trumpeted media stories about Davis interviewing at SMU – a job he wasn’t going to take and that SMU wasn’t going to offer. Similarly, whenever Mack Brown heard criticisms of his offensive coordinator, he made cryptic references to the stampede of programs seeking to hire him as their head coach, including, amusingly the occasional vague NFL coordinator reference. Essentially, it was a ham-handed attempt to quiet the fan base by showing his desirability to others who appreciated him more.