Tuesday afternoon notes (Mac contract update, assistants update)

North Texas tight end Drew Miller (86) leads the team onto the field with head coach Dan McCarney before the the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year's Day at the Cotton Bowl. UNT officials are hoping to have McCarney's contract extension in place in time for a press conference in advance of spring practice next week. (The Dallas Morning News/Sarah Hoffman)

We have been saying this for weeks, but it is worth reiterating that UNT and Dan McCarney are about done with a contract extension for the Mean Green’s head coach.

The deal that has been agreed to in principle would be a new four-year deal with a vesting option for a fifth year based on a milestone for wins in a season. I was told that bench mark for the extension to kick out to five years is very attainable, but was not given the exact figure on the record.

That would fit with what UNT has already said — that McCarney’s contract should take him through the 2018 season. That would be 14, 15, 16, 17 and then 18 based on the vesting option.

UNT is hoping to have the deal finalized in time for a pre-spring practice press conference/state of the union address that will take place next week. While that press conference has yet to be set, it looks like it will take place next Tuesday. That would fit into the time frame for the beginning of spring practice that is set to begin the first week in March.

As far as UNT’s openings for assistant coaches go, McCarney is interviewing a series of candidates over the next few days, which we already knew. The plan is for those coaches to be in place in time for the beginning of spring drills.

UNT is keeping a tight lid on who it is talking to, although there is a chance a few names could leak in the next few days.

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