Dan McCarney called me back while traveling the back roads of who knows where on a recruiting trip to talk a little about the new lineup of his coaching staff. UNT added Tommy Perry as its special teams/running backs coach, moved Mike Grant from running backs to wide receivers and Nick Quartaro from wide receivers to tight ends.
McCarney was very impressed with Perry when he sat down with him at the coaches’ convention. He had terrific recommendations from former Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum. UNT director of football operations Scotty Conley also recommended Perry, who was on Conley’s staff at Texas A&M-Commerce.
Perry played at Tyler JC and A&M.
I asked about how important Texas ties were in the interview process. McCarney said that he was going to hire the best coach he could find and felt he found the right guy in Perry.
Perry is at home now with his wife, who is about to have their second daughter. McCarney still hears from Perry every day.
McCarney said that he also feels good about the moves he made with Grant and Quartaro. Grant has coached wide receivers earlier in his career. Quartaro has also coached tight ends in the past.
I talked about the possibility of Quartaro taking on a larger role in the offense on the blog earlier today. Tight end coaches are often take on roles as special teams coaches or recruiting coordinators since tight ends are a smaller position group.
Offensive coordinator Mike Canales will still call the plays. There is a good chance Quartaro will be in the press box with him again this year.
McCarney said UNT’s offense was a glaring weakness this year, one that the staff has to fix. He feels like this lineup of coaches is a big part of the solution.
And on the recruiting front, I was right about Blinn tight end Chris Loving. He texted me back this afternoon. He now has an official visit to Kansas State set up for the 25th.
I will have more on UNTs staff in the paper tomorrow.