DENTON, Texas (AP) — North Texas coach Dan McCarney is getting a new five-year contract after leading the Mean Green to nine wins and their first bowl victory in 11 seasons.
School officials said Tuesday, only hours before spring practice began, that the deal was imminent. Attorneys were reviewing the new contract that will take McCarney through the 2018 season.
"What they did was, in putting a contract in place really, is showing appreciation for changing the culture at this place. It's showing appreciation for how we do it, and the way we've done it on the field, in the classroom, in Denton, and how we handle things," McCarney said. "I think it's a sign of support for all of my guys, all of my staff, my program, our program. ... I appreciate that opportunity to stay here. I'm not looking to leave. I love this place."
The new deal has been expected since before the Mean Green beat UNLV 36-14 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year's Day to wrap up a 9-4 season. North Texas came within one victory during the regular season of getting into the Conference USA championship game in their first year in that league.
The 60-year-old McCarney, the former Iowa State head coach who was an assistant for Hayden Fry at Iowa and Barry Alvarez at Wisconsin, is 18-19 in three seasons with the Mean Green. They were 13-58 the six seasons before he arrived.
McCarney still had two years left on his initial five-year contract that was to go through the 2015 season.
Along with his new deal, McCarney also got pay raises for his assistant coaches. His top two assistants — offensive coach Mike Canales and defensive coordinator John Skladany —are getting new two-year contracts, through the 2015 season.
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