Lane Kiffin mentioned in Miami football head coach rumors while Manny Diaz prepares for Virginia Tech game

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The Miami football team has only had one 10-win season since the team won the 2003 Orange Bowl.

With the dismissal of athletic director Blake James earlier this week, rumors have already started rumbling about who the new head coach could be should the school decide to let Manny Diaz go after three seasons at the helm of the Hurricanes.

Miami head coach Manny Diaz, center, celebrates with players after Miami beat Georgia Tech, 33-30, on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Florida.
(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Miami head coach Manny Diaz directs his team against Florida State in Tallahassee, Florida, on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. 
(AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

South Florida sports journalist Andy Slater also identified Kiffin as a possibility if the job were to open.

James’ dismissal as athletic director came after a big loss to in-state rival Florida State. The school said a search for his replacement is underway and deputy athletic director Jennifer Strawley will serve as interim AD as the search goes on.

Uncertainty around Diaz’s status is sure to grow as the season comes to a close. The team never won a bowl game under him after the school poached him back from Temple before the start of the 2019 season. The school’s best record came last season when they were 8-3 and were ranked as high as seventh in the AP polls.

Diaz said the goal stays the same.

Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin before the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium.
(Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports)

“There’s a mission and the mission this week is to beat Virginia Tech. That’s all we can control. I think because of that mentality our team has been pretty resilient over the course of the year,” he said Wednesday.

Miami is 5-5 this season and 3-3 in ACC play.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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