Former Nebraska defensive coordinator Bob Diaco has been hired by Oklahoma as a defensive analyst, according to multiple reports.
Diaco was Nebraska’s highest paid assistant in history when hired last January. He ushered in a brand new 3-4 defense that turned sour during Nebraska’s 4-8 season. In 2017, Nebraska allowed 36.4 points per game, 436 yards of total offense per game and was last in the Big Ten in total defense. Nebraska gave up more than 500 yards four times in 2017, something no Husker defense had ever done before.
Diaco joins the growing list of assistants from a year ago to be hired. Mike Riley and Trent Bray are back at Oregon State, Donte Williams was hired at Oregon, Mike Cavanaugh headed to Syracuse, Scott Booker was hired at Miami of Ohio and Tavita Thompson was recently hired by Central Michigan. The only assistants who had not been hired to another job are Keith Williams, Danny Langsdorf, John Parrella and Reggie Davis.
Prior to replacing Mark Banker at Nebraska, Diaco was the head coach at UConn for three seasons before being fired. Prior to that he was the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame, where he won the Broyles Award in 2012 and helped lead the Fighting Irish to the 2012 national championship.