McCarney to receive bonus for bowl berth

North Texas head coach Dan McCarney walks down the sideline during a win over Idaho earlier this season at Apogee Stadium. McCarney will receive a bonus for leading UNT to the Heart of Dallas Bowl and is on the verge of earning a second bonus tied to the BCS standings. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

UNT head coach Dan McCarney will receive a little extra holiday spending cash after leading the Mean Green to its first bowl berth since 2004.

The Mean Green will face UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year’s Day after posting a breakout 8-4 regular season campaign.

McCarney is in the process of negotiating a new deal with UNT, but under the terms of his current deal he will receive a $15,000 bonus for leading UNT to a bowl game.

There is also a provision in the contract that is connected to the BCS standings. If UNT finishes in the top 60 of the BCS, McCarney will earn another $20,000.

UNT is currently sitting at No. 60.

The Mean Green hasn’t won a bowl game since the 2002 New Orleans Bowl and hasn’t been to a bowl game since 2004. A second bonus for McCarney is way down the list of reasons UNT would love to break that drought without a win over the Rebels — McCarney would be the first to say that — but it is on the list.

UNT would finish in the top 60 with a win over the Rebels.

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