McCarney takes North Texas job


Published: Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 29, 2010 at 3:08 p.m.

Florida assistant head coach and defensive line coach Dan McCarney will be named the head coach at North Texas today at an afternoon press conference in Denton, Texas.

Sources close to both programs confirmed Monday that McCarney had resigned his post at UF to accept the head coaching job at North Texas. McCarney did not return phone calls Monday.

McCarney, 57, has coached the Florida defensive line the past three seasons. He came to Florida from South Florida, where he held the same position for one year. Before that, McCarney was the head coach at Iowa State from 1995-2006.

When McCarney accepted Urban Meyer's offer to coach the UF defensive line in 2008, McCarney said his goal was to be a college head coach again. Over the past three years, his name has been linked to several job openings.

Reports started leaking out last Friday that McCarney had been offered the job at North Texas. After Florida's loss to Florida State on Saturday, Meyer said he was not aware of that.

This is the third straight season that a Meyer assistant has accepted a head coaching job.

Defensive coordinator Charlie Strong was named the head coach at Louisville at the end of last season, while offensive coordinator Dan Mullen became the head coach at Mississippi State after the 2008 season.

Including McCarney, eight Meyer assistants have gone on to be head coaches.

McCarney's departure may not be the only change on the UF staff. Meyer said he will evaluate all of his assistants at some point after the season. Offensive coordinator Steve Addazio and defensive coordinator Teryl Austin have come under fire during this five-loss season. Meyer said two weeks ago that he anticipated Addazio remaining as offensive coordinator next season.

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