New Miami football coach Manny Diaz blames Kevin Durant for recruits preferring winning programs

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Remember the teacher who told students to be like Michael Jordan, not Kevin Durant?

Apparently, new University Miami football coach Manny Diaz shares a similar worldview.

Diaz, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald (hat tip: Drew Shiller of NBC Sports Bay Area):

“Look, the world has changed, and I’m going to blame the NBA. Once Kevin Durant went to the Warriors after they were 3-1 up when he was at Oklahoma City — kids want to go where the winning is. So, that’s hard because you have to create the winning to get them to come to where the winning is. So, there’s a natural tendency to be drawn to the places that are currently on top, which, that’s fair.

Because before Durant left the Thunder for the Warriors, teams like Rutgers, Kansas and Oregon State dominated recruiting? This is a weird thing to pin on Durant. Winning programs have always held recruiting advantages.

And Diaz is especially out of line to blame Durant or kids or anyone else for seeking better opportunities. On Dec. 12, he agreed to become Temple’s head coach. Just 18 days later, he bolted for Miami.

Diaz won by coaching well enough to draw a better job offer, just as Durant won by playing well enough to draw a better job offer, just as some recruits win by playing well enough to draw better scholarship offers. Diaz shouldn’t blame others for playing the same game he is.

I have a hunch what Durant might want to say to Diaz.