Danny Mac on the task ahead of him:
“North Texas has gone many years without playing good defense,” McCarney said of his new team. “Most defensive stats were in the bottom ten in college football in 2010. We must learn to make many more big plays, game changing plays and dominant plays such as sacks, tackle for loss, turnovers, deflected passes, blocked kicks, etc.”
The difference between Dodge saying things like this and Danny Mac saying ’em? I believe McCarney can coach/motivate the squad to make it so.
Matt Hinton’s ‘hyper-specific’ predictions:
North Texas will lose at least one key conference game because of kicking woes. That’s part of what led to new head coach Dan McCarney being fired from his previous head coaching stint at Iowa State — twice in consecutive seasons Bret Culbertson missed field goals against Missouri that would have given Iowa State the North Division title in 2004 and 2005. Instead, Colorado went on to play in the Big 12 championship game and McCarney was shown the door. North Texas kicker Zach Olen was first-team All-SBC after hitting 13 of 15 field goals with a long of 53 as a true freshman, but he can’t fight fate.
Oh to be in such a position …
From his bio:
In just one year at Western Kentucky, he helped the Hilltopper defense improve in every statistical category – going from 120th to 77th in passing defense, 118th to 86th in rushing defense, 118th to 69th in total defense and 119th to 99th in scoring defense. His 2010 unit led the Sun Belt Conference in total defense and passing defense in conference games.
There is even a sample video there so you can see if you want to shell out $40 have the man himself show you power point slides with football clips.
Seriously, the guy has some skins on the wall and looks to be a solid hire. Excited to see what he can do.