College Football America’s 2015 FBS Coaching Carousel: UNT Fires McCarney

North Texas Mean Green

The University of North Texas fired head coach Dan McCarney after Saturday night’s 66-7 loss to FCS Portland State.

Yep, you read that right. UNT, an FBS school, lost to Portland State, a solid, but not spectacular, FCS team by 59 points. Athletic director Rick Villarreal wasted no time firing McCarney after the loss, saying the following through a university statement:

“This is a really tough decision, but after a complete evaluation of the University of North Texas football program, we have decided to make a change at head coach. I will always cherish my relationship with coach McCarney and he’s done nothing but great things for us in his time here, but we felt like this was the best thing we needed to do for the program moving forward.”

The Mean Green were winless so far this season and were 4-13 since going 9-4 in 2013 and winning the Heart of Dallas Bowl. McCarney was 22-32 at UNT.

But a loss such as the one the Mean Green suffered on Saturday night is inexcusable for an FBS coach or program. It should be noted that Portland State beat the Pac-12’s Washington State earlier this year. But it should also be noted the Cougars only lost, 24-17.

UNT’s loss was the widest margin of defeat for an FBS team against an FCS team in college football history.

So now the Mean Green are the second team looking for a new head coach. So as to further muddy the waters, UNT will employ co-interim head coaches — offensive coordinator Mike Canales and defensive coordinator Chris Cosh. Canales might be a serious candidate this time around, as he was the Mean Green’s interim coach in 2010 after Todd Dodge was fired and he went 2-3.

As coaching changes happen, RoadTripSports and College Football America will keep you updated.


Illinois Tim Beckman Bill Cubit (interim)
North Texas Dan McCarney Mike Canales and Chris Cosh (interim)

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