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McCarney officially announced as UNT’s next head coach

One of the worst-kept secrets in college football was made official this afternoon as North Texas introduced Dan McCarney as the Mean Green’s new head coach.

McCarney, who had previously spent 12 seasons as Iowa State’s head coach, will replace Todd Dodge, who was fired Oct. 20.

“Dan McCarney is the embodiment of everything we were looking for when we began the process of looking for the head coach that was going to return North Texas to a championship caliber program,” Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal said. “He has a proven record of success at the highest level of college football and has an infectious energy and passion that will motivate student-athletes, alumni faculty and the community to new levels of commitment for success. With this hire we have a person who will be the face of our athletics department and a tremendous ambassador for this University.”

“I am truly honored and humbled to accept this position as the head coach at the University of North Texas,” McCarney said. “It is an unbelievable opportunity to work for two of the most dynamic leaders I have ever met in Rick Villarreal and President Rawlins. The ability to help start a new chapter in this tremendously proud program is exciting and I am looking forward to returning it to a championship level. I will pour my heart and soul into this job and I will wake up every morning and go to bed each night proud to be a member of the Mean Green family.”

After leaving Iowa State, McCarney has spent the past three years as a defensive coach at Florida.

I’m happy for Coach McCarney and his family,” said Florida coach Urban Meyer in a statement. “He has a proven track record as a head coach and we were fortunate to have him on our staff for the last three years. He did a great job with our defensive line and I fully expect him to be successful at North Texas.”

While McCarney may ultimately be successful at UNT, in the short-term he will have a tough row to hoe. In three-and-a-half years under Dodge, the Mean Green was just 6-37.