One of the good guys in the history of UNT football assistants (not to mention one of the more successful) was in the news yesterday.
Freddie Kitchens, who was an assistant at UNT during the bowl years from 2001-03 had major heart surgery.
It sounds like he will be OK, but one always worries about people after major surgery like that.
Kitchens was a really good recruiter during his time at UNT and was part of a powerhouse staff that included Darrell Dickey (four bowl games, four conference titles), Eric Russell (Washington State assistant head coach), Spencer Leftwhich (Pitt, Tulsa, Arizona, UTEP assistant), Kenny Evans (former National Assistant Coach of the Year by the Football Foundation, head coach Northeastern State) and Ramon Flanigan (now the head coach at Lincoln).
Kitchen was UNT’s running backs coach and coached national rushing champion Patrick Cobbs and another Hall of Famer in Kevin Galbreth. He was also on the staff for UNT’s New Orleans Bowl win over Cincinnati.
Kitchens has been coaching in the NFL for some time now.
And in other news, the story of Christian Beard’s recruitment has gotten pretty weird.
I mentioned him on the blog yesterday because UNT had offered him a scholarship before he decided to commit to SMU, the program UNT fans loathe.
I won’t go into the full story, because I don’t know for sure what the full story is, but somehow there was a question about whether SMU would take Beard or not after he committed. He ended up backing out and is back on the market. He would be a good get for UNT.