Lets Win a Conference Championship, Determined 2 Succeed. Denton, Home of Coach Canales. We Are Mean Green! Get on Board the moving train.
— Coach Mike Canales (@coachcanales) January 23, 2014
Mike Canales is staying at UNT.
The Mean Green’s offensive coordinator, who led UNT to one of its best seasons offensively in program history, Tweeted this morning that he will be back with the Mean Green next year.
He later confirmed that he will not be leaving the program to become the head coach at Sam Houston State.
Canales interviewed for the position on Tuesday.
Sam Houston has yet to announce who it has hired from among five finalists who interviewed for the job.
That’s too bad for Canales, who is going to be a great head coach for some team sooner rather than later, but it’s very, very good for UNT.
Canales has taken his share of criticism during his time at UNT, but has always squeezed every last ounce of production out of the talent on hand.
UNT averaged 31.8 points and posted a program record for points in a bowl game while hammering UNLV 36-14 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
UNT ranked third in C-USA in scoring offense in its first season after moving up from the Sun Belt. The Mean Green had a great offensive line, but had exactly one skill position player named first- or second-team all-conference. That was wide receiver Brelan Chancellor.
UNT had a great offensive line, but bottom line, Canales got a lot out of the talent on hand last year.
It will help UNT to have Canales back next year in a time of transition. Chancellor is gone, not to mention quarterback Derek Thompson, running back Brandin Byrd and wide receiver Darnell Smith, and that’s just for starters.
UNT wills start over to a large degree.
Having Canales around will help the process immensely.