There were a couple of good tidbits we reported on the blog today that will also be in the paper on the coaching front.
– Dan McCarney’s new contract will be for four years with an option for a fifth year based on on-field performance.
– Former Houston Texans assistant coach Perry Clark is joining UNT’s staff as its safeties coach, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Clark will replace Noah Joseph. Here’s his Texans bio.
UNT has one other assistant coach job open. Dan McCarney needs a cornerbacks coach. It appears as if former Detroit Lion Lemarcus Hicks is a likely candidate for that job.
— LaMarcus Hicks (@LaMarcusHicks) February 26, 2014
When it comes to university employment, there are a ton of hoops to jump through. There might be a few more for Hicks to deal with before things become official, although I don’t know if that is the reason Clark is more official than Hicks is at this point.
As far as McCarney’s contract goes, four years with an option for a fifth seems like a good point for both parties to settle on. McCarney wants to continue coaching, and he clearly has UNT headed in the right direction. There is very little chance — zip, zilch — that it doesn’t end up being a five-year deal.
When one considers where UNT is at, it’s the smart thing to do. The Mean Green is finally on the right path. This will help keep things heading that way.
As far as Clark goes, he makes a ton of sense when one looks at his background. Clark coached the secondary at Texas A&M-Commerce back in 2004, when UNT director of football operations Scotty Conley was the program’s head coach. Clark then picked up a lot of NFL experience with the Texans.
There is just no way to under estimate how far NFL experience goes with high school players. UNT should be able to sell that to recruits. I have very little doubt that Clark will be a good recruiter, but he hasn’t been in that role for a long, long time. He also won’t have the immediate contacts that an experienced assistant would.
That shouldn’t be a problem. UNT has hired plenty of assistants who made a quick transition to recruiting roles.