McCarney deal closer to being done

North Texas head coach Dan McCarney and the school have agreed to the terms of a contract extension through the 2018 season. (Associated Press/Mike Stone)

We reported back back in late February that Dan McCarney and UNT were close to finalizing a contract extension that could keep him at the school through 2018.

That deal is a little closer to being finalized.

The terms are in place, but a school official said that as of Monday afternoon the contract has yet to be signed. That should happen in the next few days.

McCarney, 60, was paid $545,000 last season under terms of his original contract, which he signed before his first season with the Mean Green in 2011.

McCarney’s new deal is expected to make him one of the top paid coaches in Conference USA, a source close to the negotiations said.

UNT finished 9-4 last season and beat UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. The bowl win was just the third in program history, capping a breakout season for UNT, which had not finished with a winning record since 2004 and had not won a bowl game since the 2002 New Orleans Bowl.

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