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  1. The 2018 football season marks the beginning of the last year with players from former-head coach Dan McCarney’s recruiting. Though he does not search these players out, current North Texas head football coach Seth Littrell places a lot of value in his senior group this year. “The success of any team is going to come down to how well that leadership does throughout the year of overcoming adversity and sticking together,” Littrell said. “When coaches don’t have to step in, that’s when teams really start taking off and holding each other accountable, and I think you’re going to have much mo
  2. As the 2018 North Texas football season inches closer, there is no disputing the level of excitement and anticipation is reaching a fever pitch. Optimism abounds and it’s not just from the die-hard fans who frequent the GoMeanGreen.com fan website. The Mean Green were picked to place first in the Conference USA Western division in the league’s 2018 preseason poll and junior quarterback Mason Fine was selected as the league’s most valuable offensive player. UNT returns 17 starters, and pretty much it’s entire coaching staff including head coach Seth Littrell who led the program to bowl g
  3. http://www.thegazette.com/subject/sports/college/football/cyclone-scoop-podcast-dan-mccarnery-on-new-isu-football-staff-coaching-memories-20160613
  4. I just got a robocall from North Texas Head Football coach Dan McCarney... but when he started talking, it sounded an awful lot like Seth Littrell. He even introduced himself as Seth Littrell. I don't know who to trust anymore.
  5. Bouncing around the standings for the majority of his tenure since being granted the head coaching job at North Texas, Dan McCarney desperately sought an uprising as 2015 unfolded. What the Mean Green collided with to kick off the season was a 0-5 record, alongside constant trouncing and minimal competitiveness. North Texas would drop all five matchups by double digits, and a 61-point drubbing to the hands of Portland State would trigger a sense of renovating as McCarney was immediately handed a pink slip to depart. The Mean Green would ultimately trudge forward to a 1-11 rec
  6. Why McCarney: Perhaps the best thing about McCarney’s resume is that he brings 15 years of head coaching experience with him and had success at some traditionally basement dwelling programs. Although not the same situation as BC in regards to academics and location, he did win more with less at Iowa State in his ten year tenure. McCarney had five winning seasons in Ames and took the team to as many bowls. To put that run in perspective, ISU has been to three bowl games in the nine years since McCarney was let go. The coach was not as successful at North Texas, but did inherit
  7. A few days after beating North Texas, Portland State has made interim coach Bruce Barnum the team's official head coach. The FCS-level Vikings beat North Texas 66-7 for the team's second win over an FBS team in 2015. Portland State opened the season with a win over Washington State. North Texas also fired coach Dan McCarney in the hours after the game. The loss dropped the Mean Green to 0-5. "It is my privilege to announce that Portland State has signed Bruce Barnum to a multi-year contract," athletic director Mark Rountree said in a statement. "Coach Barnum has proven he can lead our team to
  8. Dan McCarney, University of North Texas. The University of North Texas hired McCarney as its head football coach in December of 2010. As provided in a contract extension, he was scheduled to stay there through March of 2019. However, in October of 2015 it was reported that McCarney has been let go after posting a losing record during his tenure and five straight losses this season. McCarney is now entitled to receive his base salary of $600,000 for the remainder of the term, which comes to a little over $2 million. As with many other contracts, however, there is an offset for wages that McCarn
  9. I know after someone leaves a job, that person usually gets blamed for a lot of problems after they leave. So I try not to do that in most cases. After watching this MUTS game, I can't help but feel a real sting of disappointment with Coach Mac. All the promises, all of the commitments, good assistant compensation, great facilities and yet under his reign we have fallen so far. We are getting beat in our own conference by middle of the pack teams as if we were playing body bag games. Honestly, I think Dickey and Dodge left us with more to work with and had MUCH less resources and compensa
  10. http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/14120644/kirk-ferentz-bob-stoops-iowa-legendary-1983-staff-make-impact-2015-playoff-race Coach Fry had a helluva staff back in '83. Here is the part about Mac. Dan McCarneyIowa defensive line coach: 1983 Iowa State head coach: 1995-2006 North Texas head coach: 2011-2015 Career record: 79-116 It was such an amazing group of people. Coach probably saw things in all of us that we didn't even see in ourselves. He had such an ability to empower you. He had what he expected, what needed to get done, but he let you do it in your own personality. I do
  11. Please can start speaking truthfully about the hiring of Dan McCarney? Look I like him as much as the next Mean Green fan but let get a few things straight about him. He arrived at UNT with losing 56-85 overall and 27-68 conference record as head coach. That is losing anyway you slice it. Yes, Iowa State has the deck stacked against them in the Big 12. But you can say they same thing about all the other old Big 12 North Division programs outside of Nebraska and Missouri. Mac arrived with great fan fare and energy here and all Mean Green Fans appreciated that. But there was little substa
  12. Former North Texas coach Dan McCarney is parting with his Denton home after being relieved of his football mentorship duties. McCarney, who also served as Iowa State's head coach for 12 years, per ESPN, is selling his Texas home for nearly $775,000, Realtor.com reported. The listing on Realtor.com described the home of the 62-year-old football coach as "stunning" and an "executive luxury home with its natural exterior design feature Read more: http://www.latinpost.com/articles/90410/20151028/former-north-texas-coach-dan-mccarney-parting-denton-home.htm
  13. So at the tail end of the Marshall broadcast, which was a technical nitemare btw, the broadcaster says "...it's tough to recruit to North Texas." Or something to that effect. I was like - are you kidding me?!! Thanks Dan. Thanks Darrell. I don't think Todd ever said it to his credit. But we know this announcer got that from Dano's more recent quote to be sure. If not, it was probably from reading our beat writer who to his credit is not a paid employee of the athletic department either. Can we put a clause in the new coaches contract that you will be fined if you ever make that type of qu
  14. Dan McCarney, North TexasRecord this year: 0-5 Record at North Texas: 22-32 Possible replacements: Sonny Cumbie, Major Applewhite, Manny Diaz, Eric Morris You don't get your ass-kicked 66-7 by a FCS school and live to tell about it. Not even at North Texas. Thus, Dan McCarney was relieved of his head coaching duties late Saturday. A rare miss from the Urban Meyer coaching tree. This is probably never going to be an easy place to win. Texas high school football is still the best in the country, but the Mean Green have to make due with Texas, A&M's, and all too often SMU's and Rice's leftove
  15. IOWA CITY — The coach who led North Texas’ football team against Iowa three weeks ago got fired Saturday night. The coach who was supposed to lead Maryland’s team against the Hawkeyes two weeks from now got fired Sunday afternoon. This is major-college football today. Coaches of all teams stress to their players to never quit, to see things through. But those same coaches leave their schools for other jobs in mid-contract. Two years ago, the Mean Green won nine games and a bowl. But they couldn’t compete at Iowa three weeks ago in a 62-16 loss, and looked like FBS bottom-feeders. “We had it ro
  16. Dan McCarney Relieved Of Head Coaching Duties Interim To Be Named; National Search For Replacement To Begin Immediately Oct. 10, 2015 DENTON - University of North Texas Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal has announced that Dan McCarney has been relieved of his duties as head football coach effective immediately. An interim coach for the remainder of the season will be named at a later time. A national search for his replacement will begin immediately. "This is a really a tough decision, but after a complete evaluation of the University of North Texas football program, we have decided t
  17. Dan McCarney was fired as the University of North Texas’ head football coach Saturday night following a devastating loss to Portland State University in the Mean Green’s homecoming game. The Vikings hammered UNT 66-7, the largest margin of defeat ever for a Football Bowl Subdivision team in a game against a team from the Football Championship Subdivision. The loss dropped UNT to 0-5 for the first time since the 2008 season and continued a rapid downhill slide following the Mean Green’s Heart of Dallas Bowl win following the 2013 season. UNT athletic director Rick Villarreal confirmed the schoo
  18. Is that the players quit on this thing and their coach. Portland St. will tell us a lot in this regard. If UNT loses, I really don't think we win a game the rest of the way. We have a stubborn coach who refuses to give the QB with the best arm exclusive first team practice reps, instead going with a 5th year senior who I'm certain this week will be the worst rated QB in all of FBS football. Hope and pray for good things against Portland St. If we lose, the player's interests will wonder and their confidence will be non-existent. 12 losses will be extremely hard to avoid.
  19. I'm three hours away so I can't but a few of you have talked about the BS Mac spews both post-interview and at the Coaches Show. Is there any time for questions and answers at the show? Would be nice to have a few on the board go up and ask Mac those questions we constantly pose on here, and give him the understanding that we see through his schtick.
  20. Iowa City, IA (KWQC) – For Dan McCarney, Saturday’s trip to Kinnick Stadium will be a homecoming. “My path in life has been so enriched by my time in Iowa City and the University of Iowa,” McCarney said. “If you’ve never worked there or never lived there, you don’t really understand that. But those of us that have do understand that. And it is a pretty incredible place.” McCarney and Kirk Ferentz were both on the same Hawkeyes coaching staff under Hayden Fry. McCarney went on to coach at Wisconsin and eventually become the head coach at Iowa State. When asked if their relationship changed when
  21. Some time Saturday afternoon, Dan McCarney will walk through the tunnel into Kinnick Stadium and hear more than 70,000 black and gold-clad Iowa fans roar. He will jog to the sideline and try to prepare his team for a few more minutes before kickoff. And then, almost assuredly, the Hawkeye Marching Band will strike up Iowa's fight song to a fervent crowd. McCarney will know every line. "When they play the Iowa fight song, I still get goose bumps," McCarney said this week. "It's probably not supposed to be that way. But somehow, some way, you never lose that through the years." McCarney's strugg
  22. IOWA CITY, Ia. – Legend has it that Hayden Fry threatened to fire Dan McCarney and Kirk Ferentz one day at practice. "True story," McCarney said. "I remember it like it was last week. Kirk and I still laugh about it. But we weren't laughing at the time." It's a story that McCarney, now the head football coach at North Texas, and Ferentz, in his 17th season as Fry's successor at Iowa, might chat about when they shake hands before Saturday's 2:30 p.m. kickoff in Kinnick Stadium. "Coach Fry was pretty fired up," Ferentz recalled. It was 1981, Fry's third season at Iowa. McCarney was his defensive
  23. McCarney, 62, used to crawl under a snow fence and sneak into Iowa games at Kinnick Stadium as a kid. Later, he used tickets his mom, June, got through her job at the dental school. "Then they started giving me tickets because somehow, some way, I fooled them into thinking I was a Division I player," said McCarney, who graduated from City High. Growing up in Iowa City had other advantages. Dan's father, Patrick, was a policeman who worked his way up to chief. "I've been known to have a lead foot, and I'd get pulled over for speeding," McCarney said. "(The officer) would tell me, "I can either
  24. "This isn't about the homecoming of Andrew McNulty and me," McCarney said. "This isn't Bill Belichick and Tom Brady coming back. It's just two Iowa City natives, proud to have this opportunity. Proud of our roots. We'll always be proud to be Iowans. But we're going to try and put ourselves in a position to pull off a major upset and still win a football game that most people don't think we can."Saturday will also be a homecoming for McCarney's starting quarterback, Andrew McNulty. The senior graduated from Iowa City High, as did McCarney. McNulty's dad, Jim, was a split end at Iowa and McCarne
  25. “I have a pretty good perspective when you talk about going from the worst in college football (Iowa was 0-11 when McCarney played there in 1973), to the top of the mountain, and everything in-between.” He is in his fifth season at North Texas of Conference USA, and it isn’t easy. His team is 0-2, having suffered double-digit losses to SMU and Rice. As you would expect, he calls the fans, students and administration at North Texas “phenomenal.” “I just want them to be proud that they brought me here as the head football coach.” He took over a program that was 8-40 over the four years before he
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