North Texas to hire former ISU coach Dan McCarney

Daily Staff

Former ISU head football coach Dan McCarney is getting another shot to coach, according to the Associated Press.

An AP source familiar with the decision told the AP on Monday that McCarney, who was 56-84 at Iowa State, will be announced as the Mean Green’s new coach Tuesday. The AP said the source would not comment publicly because the announcement was not until Tuesday.

The man who held the job prior to McCarney, Todd Dodge, was a high school coach at nearby Southlake Carroll High School before taking over at North Texas. Dodge struggled to a 6-37 record in a little more than four seasons in Fort Worth.

McCarney acted as the assistant head coach and coached the defense at Florida since 2008. When he left Iowa State following the 2006 season, he was the longest-tenured coach in the Big 12, a tenure that included five bowl appearances, the first two bowl wins in school history and a 6-6 record against rival Iowa.

He also coached at Iowa, his alma mater, for 13 seasons, 11 of which were under Hayden Fry, before becoming Barry Alvarez’s defensive coordinator at Wisconsin in 1990.