Thoughts on Canales and Sam Houston

UNT offensive coordinator Mike Canales will interview for the head coaching job at Sam Houston State tomorrow.

Here’s hoping that if Canales decides it’s an opportunity he’s interested in, he gets a shot.

Because let’s be honest — the guy has done a heck of a lot at UNT, no matter how one slices it.

Canales has taken his fare share of criticism over his time at UNT, but let’s look at the facts:

– Canales went 2-3 on an interim basis at the end of the 2010 season at UNT. Todd Dodge went 2-16 in the previous 18 games before Canales took over.

– Canales also navigated the tricky situation with having Riley Dodge on the team just after his father finally got canned.

– Even if one considers the great job UNT did on special teams and defense scoring points this year, UNT’s offense improved dramatically.

Bottom line, Canales has done a lot with a host of teams he has worked with over the years. He deserves a chance to be a head coach.

There have been a host of guys handed the keys to major college football programs who had no business in that position (I won’t name names). Canales has learned under some of the best over the years — guys who knew what they were doing and did it right, including Dan McCarney.

I for one would hate to see Canales go. He’s just a good football coach and a better guy.

There is no telling if Canales will decide Sam Houston is the right fit and more importantly if the people at Sam Houston think he’s the right fit. But if the people making the call take a long look at Canales, it’s hard to imagine they won’t be intrigued by what he has to offer, especially after what he has accomplished and the ties he has established in the state.

UNT has sent some guys on who appear as if they are going to turn into home run hires, including a certain former basketball coach in Baton Rouge.

I have little doubt Canales could be another one of those types of hires for Sam Houston.


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