Thoughts on UNT’s new ST coach

UNT has hired its new special teams coach, which we had on the blog last night.

And now for some thoughts.

At first glance, it looks like a good move for UNT, which filled a need for a veteran special teams coach while addressing a couple of ways to strengthen its staff.

UNT got younger (Perry is 32) and it also added a coach with Texas ties (Perry played at Tyler JC and Texas A&M and coached at Texas A&M-Commerce and Texas).

Perry worked for UNT director of football operations Scotty Conley when Conley was the head coach at A&M-Commerce.

There is nothing wrong with this on the surface, but UNT has a lot of coaches named Mike from Iowa of some part of the Midwest. A lot of them coached with McCarney at Iowa State.

Having a guy or two with Texas ties can only be a good thing, especially if he can get out and recruit.

Perry is replacing Kent Riddle, who left to become the assistant head coach at Arkansas State. Riddle’s name came up a lot when one asked guys who ended up signing with UNT who recruited them or played a role in their decision to come to UNT.

Seeing Riddle leave for ASU left a void on UNT’s staff.

Perry seems like the type of guy who should be able to fill it.

In a side note, here is a nice piece Tommy Hicks from the Mobile Press-Register wrote on Perry and his wife Angela, who battled breast cancer. The story has a nice family shot with it, complete with the cute kid and the family dog.