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We hire a guy who’s been retired the past 3 years and we’re happy? Lol gez the bar is low being a UNT fan 

I am hearing that a deal is done between UNT and former SMU head coach  Phil Bennett to be come the new DC for North Texas. Bennett has had DC stops at Texas A &M , Baylor, TCU, Kansas State and L

Lol have fun with that one

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4 hours ago, 97and03 said:

From where? The retirement home? 
Glad we have a seasoned DC, but maybe a little too seasoned? How long to we expect a 65 year old with medical conditions to coach? He hasn’t worked in three years.  
I am not all-in on this hire but I guess we will see. Hope he can turn us around. 

IF Seth lasts longer than this year, I think Bennett will be here for 2, maybe 3 years, then re-retire. 

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1 hour ago, NorthTexasWeLove said:

Great experience. 

My concerns...

1. Been out the game 3 years. 

2. Is there a fire burning in his stomach still? Or are we just booster shot into retirement? 

To point number 2, I don’t think he’s hurting for money.  Coaching life is hard...moving, scrutiny, etc.  Especially the situation he’s stepping into, I don’t think you do that unless your stomach wants the fight. 

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18 minutes ago, tmjerm said:

To point number 2, I don’t think he’s hurting for money.  Coaching life is hard...moving, scrutiny, etc.  Especially the situation he’s stepping into, I don’t think you do that unless you’re stomach wants the fight. 

One would think and hope that. Time will tell. 

This is also a detriment to recruiting. I have never heard of a veteran coach enjoying recruiting. It's beyond them and the current recruiting climate pisses off the old timers, I've read. 

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6 hours ago, 97and03 said:

From where? The retirement home? 
Glad we have a seasoned DC, but maybe a little too seasoned? How long to we expect a 65 year old with medical conditions to coach? He hasn’t worked in three years.  
I am not all-in on this hire but I guess we will see. Hope he can turn us around. 

you were late to the party on this one but thanks for piling on......lol

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4 minutes ago, NorthTexasSportsNetwork said:

I would think he brings some of his former position coaches from ASU and Baylor

If we can pay them enough, which I’m not sure we can. Bringing a dude out of retirement is one thing. Hiring position coaches away from P5 schools to serve the same role at a G5 is a whole other challenge. 

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Count me in the scheme of fairly optimistic with the hire. Bennett has tons of experience.

I would hope the following would occur because Seth played for Bennett and the relationship that develops because of that player/coach dynamic:

1. Seth will improve his head coaching game. And, Seth will seek the advice of Bennett since Bennett has had previous head coaching experience. I hope Seth will use Bennett as an asset to become an even better head coach. I hope that motivates Seth to "not disappoint" his former coach and the person he hired to be on his staff.

2. I hope Bennett will feel comfortable telling Seth the good, the bad, and the ugly about how he is doing things. That is, now a staff member, I hope he can provide advice on whatever he thinks should be done for the program to be successful in all three phases.

I don't think Bennett needed North Texas and to unretire from retirement. I do think North Texas needed a new DC and I hope Bennett is the answer. If 1 and 2 above happen, then the program will move forward.

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We just hired a very successful P5 DC !  His years out of football and age concerns, I would say look at Mac Brown. He is very energetic and hands on. I look forward to his position coach hires and I believe he will make Seth a better coach. A few DC’s ago we had an older gentleman that wouldn’t recruit and he did great! GMG 

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2 hours ago, NorthTexasWeLove said:

One would think and hope that. Time will tell. 

This is also a detriment to recruiting. I have never heard of a veteran coach enjoying recruiting. It's beyond them and the current recruiting climate pisses off the old timers, I've read. 

A coach that really enjoys recruiting would be very rare.

Not sure what has changed in recruiting that "old timers" don't like.

A verteren coach should be a great asset in recruiting.  He will have several defensive coaches under his direction, he probably will be a recruiting closer; not someone who spends massive time on the road.

3 hours ago, NorthTexasWeLove said:

Great experience. 

My concerns...

1. Been out the game 3 years. 

2. Is there a fire burning in his stomach still? Or are we just booster shot into retirement? 

Why would he need a booster shot into retirement?   He had basically retired, now he obviously wants back in coaching. 

He is an assistant coach, his tenure at NT is tied to as long as Littrell is NT's hc. and the job he does. 

Yes, he may want to retire in a couple of years, I don't see that as a big negative. 

 

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I mean isn’t 65 the new 55?🧐
On Wednesday a “66” yo Delaware’ian will most likely take the oath.

I think Seth Littrell hiring Phil Bennett is genius.  
I admired PB (from a distance) when he was coaching on Mockingbird Lane, University Park. In fact, I can’t remember North Texas ever hiring any assistant coach who was both a former FBS HFC & P5 DC.  
This could get fun & fun real fast. We should all be elated. We now have a course for the defense with focused recruiting for same.

••• Bonus:  Texas HS football coaches throughout the Lone Star State know & respect who Phil Bennett is. 

🦅❇️🦅

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President Reagan was the oldest President ever inaugurated at age 69. Joe Biden is 79. That may be the “new” 69, but his driver’s license still shows him to be 79.

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