The Miami Hurricanes have struggled early in the 2021 college football season, and third-year head coach Manny Diaz is reportedly on shaky ground. In fact, according to a report published by Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald that cites unnamed trustees, there are potential candidates in mind if the 'Canes move on from Diaz. However, money could be an issue for the Miami program. Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal would be the top target among others who could be available, but the 'Canes could have an issue with Cristobal's buyout.
"If UM offered (Cristobal) $7 million annually to try to entice him to leave Oregon in a five-year deal, that's $35 million," Jackson said. "It also would cost $9 million to buy out Cristobal's contract before January of 2022, or $6.5 million afterward. That and buying out the final two years and $8 million of Diaz’s contract in December would cost more than $50 million."
"We don’t have that kind of money," one trustee told Jackson.
An NFL scout and trustees told Jackson based "purely on their opinion, not who they think will be pursued," that Louisiana head coach Billy Napier, Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell and Notre Dame defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman could also emerge as candidates.