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UNT assistant coaches Phil Bennett, Jim Gush developed tight bond during tragic times

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One of the first calls Phil Bennett made after agreeing to take over as North Texas defensive coordinator a few months ago was to an old friend.

If Bennett was going to get back into coaching, he wanted Jim Gush by his side. Bennett considers Gush one of the best football coaches he knows and a friend.

Gush agreed and is now in his 19th season coaching with Bennett. UNT's linebackers coach helped Bennett through one of the toughest times in his life. Bennett lost his wife, Nancy, in 1999 when she was struck by lightning while jogging.

Bennett and Gush were assistant coaches at Kansas State at the time. Their bond is as strong as ever as the Mean Green prepare for a rare Friday night game against Marshall this week. 

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