Coaches turn to new assistants for help

Manny Diaz, Mississippi State defensive coordinator.
He never had blue-chip talent at Middle Tennessee State, so Diaz had to think outside the box to out-scheme offenses – and he often succeeded. The ability to do more with less is what makes Diaz valuable.

Dave Rader, Ole Miss co-offensive coordinator.
He’s a former coach (Tulsa, 1988-99) who most recently was offensive coordinator at Alabama (2003-06). Rader’s vast experience will prove invaluable, especially as the Rebels develop a new quarterback.