Monday, November 29, 2010
Dan McCarney to be named UNT head football coach
Despite calls for interim head coach Mike Canales to get the permanent position, former Iowa State head coach McCarney appears to be the choice.
Multiple sources and media outlets are reporting that a contract to hire former Iowa State head coach Dan McCarney was being finalized early Sunday morning.
McCarney was 56-85 in 12 years at Iowa State, but did take the Cyclones to five bowl games. He has been a defensive line coach at South Florida and then Florida for the past four seasons.
McCarney will replace interim head coach Mike Canales, who was 2-3 since taking over for Todd Dodge.
The players at UNT made it clear they wanted Canales after the game against Kansas State.
“He’s not just a coach, he talks about us like we are brothers, we all believe in him,” junior running back Lance Dunbar said. “We all love him, we all want him here.”
There were several ‘Mike Canales’ and ‘We want Chico’ chants from both the student and alumni sections during the Mean Green’s 49-41 loss to Kansas State.
Both athletic director Rick Villarreal and UNT president V. Lane Rawlins were standing on the field during the chants. Preliminary reports show that McCarney’s base salary will be close to $600,000.
Villarreal and Rawlins were unavailable for comment Sunday.
Canales is not likely to return as offensive coordinator next season.
“Mike Canales is ready to be a head football coach,” Canales said after Saturday’s game. “I’m about this university and I feel I have earned this opportunity, but if I don’t get it, I think that I have proved to somebody that I am ready.”
McCarney will be the first to coach in UNT’s new $78-million stadium in 2011.
The official press conference is scheduled to take place early this week.
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