Thoughts on the departure of Tommy Perry

North Texas coach Tommy Perry is leaving the Mean Green's coaching staff. (DRC file photo)

North Texas coach Tommy Perry is leaving the Mean Green’s coaching staff. (DRC file photo)

North Texas coach Seth Littrell acknowledged today that special teams coordinator and running backs coach Tommy Perry is leaving the Mean Green’s staff. Perry’s departure was first reported here on the blog.

The move isn’t a big surprise. There have been rumblings out there for quite some time that Perry would have ventured off to his next stop by next season.

Coaches move around. It’s part of the deal.

What is of little doubt is that Perry made some really significant contributions while he was at UNT. His 2013 special teams unit was terrific. He fit perfectly with Dan McCarney’s staff and philosophy of playing strong defense, running the ball and making big plays on special teams.

He was also a heck of a recruiter who did a lot of good work, especially in East Texas. He brought in several impact players from out that way, including Terian Goree, even though he didn’t work out long term.

I am almost certain Jeffery Wilson was one of his guys as well.

Perry was the one holdover among UNT’s on-field assistant coaches from McCarney’s staff.

I wouldn’t be surprised one┬ábit to see Perry turn up somewhere higher up the college football ladder in the next few days. Kevin Patrick, another former McCarney assistant did just that, by landing at Texas Tech.

The question now is how UNT will go about replacing Perry.

One can’t question the job Littrell did in his first season in getting UNT to a bowl game.

Where UNT could stand a boost, at least from the outside looking in, is on the recruiting end of it. That is especially true now with Perry gone. He was a coach recruits brought up consistently.

We should find out in the next few days where UNT turns.

Stay tuned.

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