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Bennett needs to walk into recruit. houses and pitch his 2014 squad.  Tell them stories about that run.

I actually understand some of the concerns about Bennett's age.  I just choose to be optimistic, because there is reason for hope.  Remember, we don't need him to be an all-world guy, or even the best in CUSA.  I have to think you just need a guy with the wisdom that comes with experience, give him a budget, and hope that he actually cares.  I don't think CB really put his heart into our D unit last year.

We have a much better record if we can get our average PPG allowed down to 25-30 in 2021.

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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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34 minutes ago, bstnsportsfan3 said:

I don’t get the concern about sending him into retirement. He is basically retired now and is choosing to get back into coaching. If that doesn’t show you he will care about this job I’m not sure what will

Precisely. People act like they think he’s suiting up or some such. 

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5 hours ago, wardly said:

Bennett said the mistake he made at SMU was honoring scholarships offered by his predecessor  to incoming freshmen. The talent was not up to the level that he knew SMU needed.

He may be shocked when he lands in Denton.

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Solid hire.  I hope for a drastic improvement next year, but realistically I know that may not happen.  I’m not sure we have the players to be elite, but I know we can be better than last year.

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9 hours ago, wardly said:

Bennett said the mistake he made at SMU was honoring scholarships offered by his predecessor  to incoming freshmen. The talent was not up to the level that he knew SMU needed.

That might explain the winless season in his second year. 

That doesn't explain the 1-11 record his sixth year. 

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On 1/16/2021 at 4:05 PM, MeanGreen22 said:

Wonder what the contract will be? I bet Phil would be more of a stop gap to get the D on track and save Seth’s job. Tough to get other coaches to leave their post when the HC future is uncertain. 

Three maybes:

1.   Bennett likes living in Texas

2.   Needs to get back in the saddle and get rid of rust

3.   Might he see a potential Head Coach job lining up here sooner rather than later.

I bet Wren feels good about this hire too,    I do.

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I don't think that age is that much of a factor.  As someone pointed out, John Skladany is probably the best DC in the last ten years and he was 64 when he came here.  Bennett didn't retire because he had lost interest in the game or couldn't get a job; he retired for health reasons.  That was apparently the reason that he only lasted the one year at Arizona State.  He is now healthy again and ready to go to work.  His best work was at Baylor where he was essentially fourth in the Big XII against a lot of formidable offenses.  I'm hoping that he can get us to at least fourth in CUSA.  With our offense that should be enough for some consecutive winning records.

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9 hours ago, cogido said:

Three maybes:

1.   Bennett likes living in Texas

2.   Needs to get back in the saddle and get rid of rust

3.   Might he see a potential Head Coach job lining up here sooner rather than later.

I bet Wren feels good about this hire too,    I do.

I think that this was a hard job to sell to a young up and comer. If Littrell gets the boot at the end of 2021 season Bennett can go back to rocker.

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9 hours ago, GrayEagle said:

John Skladany is probably the best DC in the last ten years and he was 64 when he came here.

Refresh my memory.  What happened to Skladany?  Why did he leave UNT?

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49 minutes ago, wardly said:

I think that this was a hard job to sell to a young up and comer. If Littrell gets the boot at the end of 2021 season Bennett can go back to rocker.

I disagree.  Almost every assistant coach is on a one year contract and they all have an ego/confidence where they believe they have the ability to turn a program around.  Most defensive coaches want the ability to run their own system and be a DC.  Now, it could have hindered the ability to hire someone that is currently a DC at another program, but I think too much is being made about 2021 being a "make or break year" for Littrell.

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52 minutes ago, UNTLifer said:

I disagree.  Almost every assistant coach is on a one year contract and they all have an ego/confidence where they believe they have the ability to turn a program around.  Most defensive coaches want the ability to run their own system and be a DC.  Now, it could have hindered the ability to hire someone that is currently a DC at another program, but I think too much is being made about 2021 being a "make or break year" for Littrell.

I mean yes and no. I remember in Charlie Strong’s presumed “last year”, they struggled to find anyone to take the OC job. The Tulsa OC initially turned the job down but then the Texas brass basically put an all out blitz to get him in. So yeah, it can be done, but it makes it extremely difficult to get someone that has something to lose. 
 

That said, I think Phil Bennett is a hell of a hire. And I think the defense should be drastically improved next year. 

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Getting someone to leave a good situation is alway hard. I would think most coaches would weigh what the positive impact will be when they succeed at the new job. If they don't have confidence in themself to turnaround a problem then they are probably not going to last long anywhere.

However, in our case I agree with the comments that Seth had to make a hire that looks to be safe. PB brings the experience and knowledge to make us a better team. Will be interesting to see the assistants they add and how our player adapt and hopefully buy-in. 

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Phil Bennett has forgotten more about football than anyone on this board has ever known. 

 

And he will literally tell you that when you question any of his poor-outcome decisions at booster functions.

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