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Oklahoma football: Sooners get to see Manny Diaz's defense again

Former Texas defensive coordinator now in charge of Louisiana Tech’s defense. The Sooners play host to the Bulldogs on Saturday.
by Ryan Aber Published: August 26, 2014
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photo - Former Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz stands on the sideline before a  2011 scrimmage in Austin, Texas. Diaz was fired after Saturday’s 40-21 loss to BYU. AP Photo
Former Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz stands on the sideline before a 2011 scrimmage in Austin, Texas. Diaz was fired after Saturday’s 40-21 loss to BYU. AP Photo

— Louisiana Tech defensive coordinator Manny Diaz downplays any edge gained by either side’s knowledge of the other for Saturday’s game against Oklahoma.

Given the track record of Diaz’s defenses against the Sooners, it’s no surprise.

Oklahoma’s coaches are plenty familiar with Diaz’s defensive schemes. From 2011 until two games into last season, Diaz was Texas’ defensive coordinator.

In two meeting with the Sooners, his defenses gave up 701 passing yards, 429 rushing yards and 95 offensive points in a pair of Oklahoma blowouts.

He didn’t even make it to last season’s Red River Showdown, fired in favor of Greg Robinson after Diaz’s defense gave up 679 yards of total offense — 550 rushing yards — in a 40-21 loss against BYU last September.

“Everybody knows everybody,” Diaz said. “There are not a lot of secrets now in college football. With what we have access to film-wise, I have had a relationship with their staff. I visited with their coaching staff when I was at Mississippi State. I have buddies on their staff, so there is a lot less trickery going on than we all think.”

Oklahoma’s coaches, though they expect some variation from what Diaz did at Texas, have spent time looking at his past defenses in their preparation for the opener.

“Having played them before gives us some history,” OU co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said. “It doesn’t mean they’ll do the same things because he’s coaching. We have to be prepared for that, and obviously he’s played us. He’s familiar somewhat with things we like to do. That’s just part of coaching. You try to prepare for every scenario and as much from the past as you can to help you.”

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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