Former Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro blames players, not Manny Diaz

Oct 8, 2011; Dallas, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns assistant head coach Duane Akina and defensive coordinator Manny Diaz on the sidelines during the second quarter against the Oklahoma Sooners for the red river rivalry at the Cotton Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

After a 19-point upset to the unranked BYU Cougars, Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown needed a scapegoat. He chose defensive coordinator Manny Diaz.

“Our performance on defense [Saturday] night was unacceptable, and we need to change that,” Brown said in a statement. “He will be running our defense immediately. We’re very fortunate that Greg has been around, watched all of our practice video and has a good scouting report moving forward.”

Diaz’s former players aren’t buying it though.

“Manny is such a great coach,” Vaccaro said to | The Times-Picayune. “What happened, that option game (BYU’s offense), that’s not on the coaching. Look, I know Manny taught the right scheme. You just got to be disciplined. I know exactly what happened. Somebody wasn’t taking the dive, somebody wasn’t taking the pitch and somebody wasn’t taking the quarterback. I don’t think necessarily it was his fault. I think those senior leaders have to get together and get this thing going because that stuff was ridiculous.”

“I’m being real honest about this. I don’t blame the coach. I blame the players, honestly. I think he’s a good coach and I think the mentality at Texas isn’t where it needs to be right now.”

Vaccaro isn’t the only former Longhorns player defending Diaz either.

Nevertheless he is gone and Mack Brown is running out of scapegoats. Brown’s mentality might not be in the right spot because he recently addressed a Texas A&M player’s tweet that they are the University of Texas, not the Longhorns.

Topics: Mack Brown, Manny Diaz, Texas Longhorns

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