This. It is real unfortunate timing , but right the moment when SL figured out recruiting, high school recruiting begann mattering a LOT less, because of the new transfer rules and portal. seven years ago no1 spot would have been very meaningful, now it only matters if you can keep them around and supplement them with the right transfers (/if you are good at integrating your transfers). NT is currently very bad at those last parts, and this does not show in recruiting rankings.
I agree with literally everything you said. However, yes our offense was inflated by Darden, but we weren't losing BECAUSE of our offense.
Once again though, there wasn't a logic behind firing him in 2019 and you can't fire a HC who made a bowl in 2020.
It is far more than that. With the previous year included, you could already tell he had no control of the team. Everyone had to deal with covid so that is a weak excuse. He just sucked.
and the best offense is a tired line. Look at it all in context and we were actually a very mediocre offense. Our points came in meaningless minutes in the second half after the game was already out of hand. And the other team called off the dogs. When it mattered, we did nothing. And it has been that way for the past three years (including this one).
there is a complete justification for letting him go when he has for several years been at the bottom of the conference while getting paid the most. If you accept the terms, then you accept the expectation of being at the top.
furthermore, he already went through several rounds of coaches two years ago so when he tried it yet again the crosshairs are no longer on the assistants. They are on him. It is and was justified if a move was made this past year. He lost control of the team. It was obvious and this year only cements it.
Nobody was getting fired for making a bowl during a COVID year. If UNT goes 4-8 in 2020 with normal life circumstances maybe you let him go. But we were one of the best offenses in college football last year and made a bowl during a pandemic. There's just no justification for letting a coach go with that at the time.
His current contract expires after 2022. He makes $1.2 million a year. We can afford to get this dude back in Denton and pay him handsomely to get NT into the limelight.
He has been nothing but successful as an offensive coach and he knows how to develop talent.
2009 - Oklahoma State (Offensive quality control) - 28.4 YPG, 367 YPG. Nothing crazy, but still notable.
2014 Washington State (WR coach) - 477 passing YPG (1st nationally), 3.8 passing TD per game (T-1st nationally), 3 of the top 33 WR's in CFB in touchdowns per game
2015 Washington State (WR coach) - 389 passing YPG (1st nationally), 3.2 passing TD per game (5th nationally), 2 of the top 15 WR's in CFB in touchdowns per game
2016 North Texas (OC/QB coach) - gonna redact 2016 as it was a rebuilding year and we went back and forth at QB.
2017 North Texas (OC/QB coach) - 35.5 points per game (2nd in CUSA/19th nationally), 456 YPG (2nd in CUSA/24th nationally), 6.2 yards per play (2nd in CUSA/32nd nationally)
2018 North Texas (OC/QB coach) - 34.6 points per game (2nd in CUSA/28th nationally), 460 YPG (2nd in CUSA/20th nationally), 6.2 yards per play (3rd in CUSA/28th nationally)
2019 USC (OC/QB coach) - 32.5 points per game (3rd in Pac-12/35th nationally), 454 YPG (2nd in Pac-12/20th nationally), 6.5 yards per play (2nd in Pac-12/15th nationally)
2020 USC (OC/QB coach) - discounted because of COVID but USC was still top 50 in YPG and points
2021 USC (OC/QB coach) - as of Oct 18 USC ranks 27th nationally in YPG at 448.2, 42nd nationally in PPG at 32.2 and 41st nationally at 6.1 YPP.
He can't stay sitting as USC's OC forever. He's clearly succeeded offensively everywhere he's been. Guys he was linked with here (Joel Filani, John David Baker, Tashard Choice) were all great position coaches and have high regard and respect. He (and those he would bring) has Texas roots and can establish a legacy here. It's a low risk, high reward situation for both schools. Graham Harrell is far and away the best choice to coach North Texas into a new era of conference realignment and success. Disagree? Debate a wall