Thoughts on Mac’s extension, practice highlights

UNT signed Dan McCarney to a five-year contract extension yesterday.

The news is something we covered on the blog and in today’s paper.

It’s a great move for UNT, which has been trying for years to up its pay for coaches to a level that is competitive with its peers. UNT also gave coordinators Mike Canales and John Skladany new deals not too long ago.

McCarney will now be among the higher paid coaches in Conference USA at more than $700,000 a year.

McCarney and Villarreal talked a lot about the benefits of stability after the deal was finally in place. Signing McCarney will give UNT the foundation it needs to grow as a program.

UNT can hit the road in recruiting and tell players that McCarney is going to be in Denton for the duration of their careers. That kind of stability will be a big selling point.

I thought Rick Villarreal made a good point. With McCarney in place, players and assistant coaches can come and go, but there will now be that core philosophy and approach in place that will make replacing people easier.

McCarney talked about building a foundation for success throughout his first two years at UNT and into his third season before putting that foundation in place paid off last year with a 9-4 finish and a win over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

That foundation became just a little more solid yesterday.

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