Key questions of the offseason Part IV — Do the coaching changes hurt?

North Texas coach Seth Littrell will have a largely revamped staff heading into his second season with the Mean Green. (DRC file photo)

North Texas coach Seth Littrell will have a largely revamped staff heading into his second season with the Mean Green. (DRC file photo)

There are a host of new faces at North Texas this spring when it comes to the Mean Green’s coaching staff.

UNT was raided by a host of Power Five conference schools after playing in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Defensive coordinator Mike Ekeler left for North Carolina, offensive line coach Brad Davis made the jump to Florida and defensive line coach Derrick LeBlanc landed at Kentucky. Special teams coordinator Tommy Perry also left the staff after the season.

UNT head coach Seth Littrell reloaded with another batch of quality assistants. Former Notre Dame analyst Marty Biagi (special teams), former Cincinnati assistant Jeff Koonz (linebackers), former Lamar offensive coordinator Chuck Langston (offensive line) and former East Carolina assistant Marc Yellock (defensive line) all joined the staff.

UNT added some quality coaches. There is no question about it, but what one has to wonder is if that much change in a single offseason will result in some growing pains for the Mean Green.

UNT’s coaches and players felt good about where they stood heading into spring drills.

“I feel great about it,” Littrel said. “We are going to hire great coaches. We want to keep our coaches and make sure we have great chemistry and carry over, but at the same time guys get the opportunity to move their careers forward.”

One factor that has helped UNT with the transition to having so many new assistants is that the Mean Green kept their coordinators. Graham Harrell is back as UNT’s offensive coordinator. UNT lost¬†Ekeler, but did hang on to Troy Reffett.

Reffett was UNT’s co-defensive coordinator last season and shared the responsibility of running the Mean Green’s defense with Ekeler.

The Mean Green’s scheme was largely Reffett’s. UNT won’t undergo any dramatic changes. The situation is one we went over in the paper today.

The question is if the Mean Green will have the same chemistry they enjoyed last year when the season begins in the fall.,

Here is our list so far:

1. How does the QB race play out?

2. Can UNT reload at the skill positions?

3. Can UNT fill the voids up front defensively?

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