UNT loses Riddle to Arkansas State

North Texas has lost one of its top assistant coaches and recruiters to a Sun Belt Conference rival.

Kent Riddle, the Mean Green’s special teams/tight ends coach, has been named the assistant head coach at Arkansas State.

ASU just put out the official release.

I spent some time chasing the story this afternoon.

Riddle spent five years on the staff at Boise State, where new head coach Bryan Harsin was also an assistant.

The two are very close friends. One coach I talked to compared it to his relationship with his best friend in the business.

This is a tough blow for UNT. Riddle was one of UNT’s best recruiters. He played a big part in UNT landing Brock Berglund and just helped the Mean Green pick up a commitment from Chad Davis, a cornerback who is the best player on the Mean Green’s board at this point.

I put in a call to Riddle and am supposed to get a quick comment from Dan McCarney here in a bit.

I have no idea if I will hear from Riddle or not.

For what it’s worth, he was always well respected not only at UNT, but also among high school coaches in Texas. I heard over and over that he did a good job on the road building relationships that are so important in recruiting.