Gaines leaving UNT’s staff

Justin Gaines, one of the original members of Dan McCarney’s staff at North Texas, has resigned.

Gaines coached UNT’s cornerbacks and recruited Louisiana throughout his tenure with the Mean Green.

Trent Delahoussaye, the head coach at Loreauville, La., High said Monday that Gaines was no longer recruiting his star player, wide receiver/defensive Jermaine Antoine, who has committed to UNT but is still considering his options heading into signing day.

A source within the UNT athletic department later confirmed that Gaines resigned late last week.

UNT head coach Dan McCarney did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Gaines was considered one of UNT’s top recruiters throughout his tenure with the program.

The former Montana State assistant coached UNT’s cornerbacks throughout his tiem with the Mean Green. UNT struggled against opponents’ passing attacks last season, when UNT allowed 251.9 passing yards a game.

Gaines is the second member of McCarney’s staff to leave the program since the end of the season. Special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Kent Riddle left to become the assistant head coach at Arkansas State following last season.

UNT finished 4-8 last season after a 5-7 campaign in McCarney’s first year as head coach in 2011.

Delahoussaye said that UNT safeties coach Noah Joseph has continued recruiting Antoine since Gaines left the staff. Delahoussaye said that TCU offered a scholarship to Antoine in the last few days. Antoine has yet to decide what he is going to do, but Delahoussaye said that Antoine was upset by Gaines’ departure from the staff, which could impact the Louisiana Class 2A all-state selection’s decision on where to sign.

Antoine said Sunday afternoon that he was still committed to UNT following his visit to TCU, but also told Ryan Osborne, who works for PurpleMenace.com, Rivals.com’s TCU site, that he would seriousluy consider signing with TCU if the school offered him a scholarship.