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Gators' defensive line coach Dan McCarney expected to be named North Texas coach



Dan McCarney is preparing to regain his title of head football coach.

McCarney, Florida's assistant head coach/defensive line coach, is expected to be named the new head coach at North Texas this week.

McCarney will replace former USF assistant coach Mike Canales, who was the interim head coach for the final five games of North Texas' 2010 season. Canales took over for Todd Dodge, who was fired seven games into the season.

Florida coach Urban Meyer said following Florida's 31-7 loss to Florida State Saturday night that he had not been made aware that McCarney was taking the job, but McCarney and his wife Margy were en route to Texas Sunday.

This will be McCarney's second stint as a head coach. He was the head coach at Iowa State from 1995-2006, where he compiled a 56-85 record and led the Cyclones to five bowl games. He also spent one season as an assistant coach at USF before joining the Gators in 2008.

McCarney could not be reached for comment Sunday evening.

He will become the eighth former Meyer assistant to become a head coach - the third consecutive Florida assistant under Meyer to earn a head coaching job. Former defensive coordinator Charlie Strong was hired as Louisville's head coach at the end of the 2009 season, and former offensive coordinator Dan Mullen was hired at Mississippi State in 2008.

[Last modified: Sunday, November 28, 2010 6:04pm]


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