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.