"Humbled" Dan McCarney officially takes over at North Texas
Former Florida associate head coach and defensive line coach Dan McCarney was officially announced as the new head coach at North Texas this afternoon, taking over a program once again after spending the past four seasons as an assistant coach.
In a press conference at the school, McCarney said he was "humbled" to accept the position, and reflected on his time at Florida.
"First of all to Urban Meyer and to Jeremy Foley, the head football coach and athletic director at the University of Florida: Even though we had a few struggles and a couple of setbacks this year, it was one of the most unbelievable runs in the history of college football,'' McCarney said. "Margy (his wife) and I were there for 40 games, 33 wins, 22 wins in a row, a national championship, a couple of BCS bowl victories. Before you ride into that final sunset, every coach and player should have the opportunity to be a national champion. We did. We’ll remember it forever, and it was a great experience for all of us.''
McCarney, 57, interviewed with school president V. Lane Rawlins and athletic director Rick Villarreal this past Thursday, two days prior to the Florida State game. The two flew to Gainesville and spent several hours at McCarney's home.
After the 31-7 loss to Florida State Saturday night, Meyer said he wasn't aware that McCarney had been offered the job. Today, he offered his full support.
"I'm happy for coach McCarney and his family,'' Meyer said in a statement. "He has a proven track record as a head coach and we were fortunate to have him on our staff for the last three years. He did a great job with our defensive line and I fully expect him to be successful at North Texas."
McCarney was the head coach at Iowa State from 1995-2006, and spent one season as an assistant at USF before joining the Florida staff in 2008. He named former USF assistant coach Mike Canales his North Texas associate head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Tuesday. Canales had been the North Texas interim head coach after Todd Dodge was fired in October.
"I’m humbled and I’m honored,'' McCarney said. "I’m thrilled to be the head coach at the University of North Texas. This is the beginning of a new chapter in North Texas Football history, the beginning of a new era. My heart soars, it really does.''