Sunday afternoon football notes

North Texas is closing in on finalizing a contract extension for head coach Dan McCarney. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

The season is over, but there is always something happening on the football front. Here are a few news items from the world of the Mean Green.

– A UNT source said in the days leading up to the Mean Green’s win over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl that the school was in the final stages of completing a contract extension for Dan McCarney. A second source with direct knowledge of the situation said that the school and McCarney are close to finishing out the deal.

To review, the contract McCarney signed when he took over the program paid him a base salary of $475,000. He also has guaranteed incentives for completing the season (not getting fired or dying in the middle of it) and appearing on his radio show that kick in an extra $70,000 for a grand total of $545,000 before non-guaranteed incentives for appearing in bowl games, academic performance of players, et cetera.

The deal takes McCarney through the end of the 2015 season. How the new deal is written will likely depend on how much longer McCarney wants to coach and how he wants to set himself and his family up down the line.

– UNT recruiting target Xavier Washington, a defensive end from Cedar Hill the Mean Green has been after for a long time, will play in the Semper Fi All-American game at 8 p.m. tonight.

Washington would be a great get for UNT at a position the Mean Green needs to restock after losing several key players to graduation.

– Our annual list of the top 10 stories of the year in Denton sports came out today.

We named UNT’s run to the Heart of Dallas Bowl and subsequent win over UNLV our story of the year. It was actually a really good year in Denton sports across the board. Guyer repeated as state champions in football. Argyle won state as well. Tony Mitchell was drafted.

Here is a link to the story and a pdf of the inside page that has the other nine stories.

– And speaking of stories that came out in today’s paper, the Daily Oklahoman had a nice piece on Edmond North kicker Trevor Moore, a UNT commit who the paper named to its all-state team.

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