Dan McCarney Raps on Dallas Radio

Dan McCarneyThe New School Morning show on The Fan in Dallas has struck again with their weekly bit called “Yo Roger Raps”. This week they brought in North Texas head coach Dan McCarney to try his hand after the wildly successful bit from Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury last week. There are probably a lot of things more entertaining than hearing local celebrities try to do a rap bit on a morning show, but add in the fact you have football coaches who are usually not known for doing a lot in the way of fun, this is becoming more entertaining week after week. Could you imagine if they find a way to bring in someone like Les Miles, or Nick Saban?

But this week it was Dan McCarney who put his “skills” to the test. The song he did was not really a rap song, but the sound bite is pure gold. He made the request play something from his generation and you can easily say that he has no future as a singer, but he made it fun and sounded like he had a blast. This will be something his players will not let him live down, but they will probably have more respect for him after this. It will be interesting to see if they keep up this routine of coaches coming in and doing this bit.

Here is the link if you want to hear Dan McCarney sing.

Dan McCarney gets extension through 2018

Dan McCarneyIt is being reported North Texas Mean Green head coach Dan McCarney will be receiving an extension through the 2018 season. This is a great move by the university because North Texas just finished off a very successful 9-4 season which was capped off by a victory in the Heart of Dallas bowl on New Year’s Day. It has only been three years since Dan McCarney took over the Mean Green, but under him the team has seen a remarkable improvement on the field and in home attendance. Even though McCarney is only 18-19 in his three seasons in Denton, it is a huge improvement from the 13-58 record they had before him. Continue reading

Mean Green exceed expectations; going bowling

The North Texas Mean Green joined Conference USA this season and were not expected to finish higher than 5th by most experts. But when the season gets going, things can change at a moment’s notice and things did change for the best results for the surprise out of Denton. It started out how it was supposed to with North Texas winning games they were supposed to, then losing games nobody thought they had a chance to win. But the season would seem to take a special turn when the Mean Green defeated Ball State at home to get their first win nobody saw them getting.

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Can North Texas Mean Green Step up to the Challenge?

The North Texas Mean Green is a curious oddity when it comes to big time college football in the Dallas area. Nestled in Denton, just north of both Dallas and Forth Worth in one of the biggest recruiting hot beds in the state, and yet, they can’t seem to string together any success. They had some success under head coach Darryl Dickey when they first joined the Sun Belt Conference. But since back to back New Orleans bowls, they have not even been able to have a winning season. This year they are hoping to break the losing trend and capture a winning season.

Dan McCarney is heading into his 3rd season with the Mean Green and his goal when he took over the program was to reestablish a home field advantage. And he has done that at Apogee Stadium, as the Mean Green have played well at home, going 7-4 at home the last two seasons, which is a great mark considering they went 5-27 in the six years before. While there has been improvement each season under McCarney, this year will prove to be his toughest yet in Denton, he will be facing tougher competition and have to coach up a team that many figure won’t be a factor in Conference USA.

One area that will have some experience on the roster is quarterback, senior quarterback Derek Thompson looks to be the man in charge, but has had injury problems the past two seasons and there are questions whether or not he can stay healthy this year. If he does get injured then the favorite to take over for him would be Kansas transfer Brock Berglund. While it is an experienced spot on the roster there is a lot questions whether Thompson can move the Mean Green down the field. He will have some weapons around him such as an experienced group at running back led by senior Brandin Byrd and sophomore Antionne Jimmerson. If those two can steadily move the ball, then the Mean Green will be able to take a lot of pressure off the quarterback and let the game come to him.

If the running backs aren’t able to move the ball consistently, then look for the receivers to pick up some slack. Some would say this is the best group McCarney has had in his time in Denton. Led by seniors Brady Brown and Brelan Chancelor, they will look to move the ball down field and attack the secondary every chance they get. Hopefully with a good running game, this will be a good offensive unit and can hang with some of the higher scoring teams they will face this season. Everyone knows the key to a good running game and even a good passing game starts and ends with the offensive line. Usually the “big uglies” upfront are nameless players that nobody pays attention too until they make a mistake or draw a flag. But this year’s crop of linemen could be one of the top in Conference USA. If that holds true, then North Texas may surprise some people this year.

Offense is only half the battle and even the best offenses need help from time to time, but I don’t know how much help there will be on the defensive side of the ball for North Texas. The Defensive line is a very experienced unit, returning six players that made at least one start last year. If the defensive line can get a push and get pressure, then it will take pressure off the secondary, but even if they can’t get a push, just opening up a hole for the linebackers to make a play will be beneficial. The line backing corps is returning seven of its top eight from last year. Look for some senior leadership to show through with Zachary Orr and Will Wright being the gold standard for the unit.

The secondary is less experienced that the other units, but look for Marcus Trice, who is an Oklahoma transfer to step up and be one of the big playmakers in the defensive back field. While the unit is generally young, it does return everyone from last year, so there is some game experience to draw from. This could be a bigger question for the Mean Green, or it could be a quality unit that helps keeps them in ballgames late.

North Texas is going to be a tough team to predict because there are a handful of games that could go either way, they could wind up winning seven or more game, or they could squeak out five wins or less. If this group can get chemistry early in the year and finds a way to surprise some teams in their new conference then the sky is the limit for the Mean Green. I will choose to take a more conservative rout for this team; I figure they will wind up 5-7 this year, which is another improvement for McCarney and his team. They say it takes a coach at least four solid years to really see what he can or can’t do, and in year three, McCarney has North Texas on the brink of turning it around.

2013 Schedule:

8/30- Idaho – W
9/7- @Ohio- L
9/14- Ball St- W
9/21- @Georgia- L
10/5- @Tulane – W
10/12- Mid Tenn – W
 @La.Tech РL
 @S.Mill РL
10/31- Rice – L
11/9- Utep – W
11/23- UTSA – L
11/30- @Tulsa- L
2013 Record: 5-7

Mean Green Soar to victory in the rain

Saturday afternoon was a special day in Denton, as the North Texas Mean Green finished off their season with an impressive victory over the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders at Apogee Stadium. While the weather was a mess and made for some sloppy and sometimes comical conditions, the game was placed squarely on the shoulders of senior running back Lance Dunbar, who led the mean green to a huge victory.

Lance Dunbar chose his final game in a Mean Green uniform to soar like an eagle and finished up the day with both career and game records. Dunbar broke the all time rushing record which was previously held by Patrick Cobb. Cobb, who was in attendance for the game told Dunbar before the game he wanted him to smash the record. And Smash it he did, on his way to a game high 313 yards on 40 carries. Needless to say crisp blocking by the offensive line and a great game plan put him in a position to do so.

This was a complete game for the Mean Green, and by far the best they have played all season. Mean Green Senior Brandon Apunku said “this was a complete game and a dream come true”. There is no better way to send off a group of seniors than to destroy an opponent 59-7. It was a special day at Apogee because it was senior day. The icing on the cake for everyone there was it became historic as school records were broken. As a sports nut I was thrilled to see this historic achievement in person.

Coach Dan McCarney has instilled great pride and respect for the game into this group of young men. Coach McCarney is the right man for the job. He is building a great program in Denton. This victory will be the cornerstone for the building blocks of the future. Finishing this year with 5 wins is a vast improvement over years past. You could feel the sense of pride and camaraderie in the crowd and the players. Hopefully there will be greater expectations and anticipation for next year. With this new program I know this team can handle those expectations! I realize only time will tell, but I can assure you they are headed in the right direction and led by the right man.

If you are an ex student, a student or just like good football, put it on your schedule and go see the Mean Green in person next year. We all need to get behind the team and show our support with attendance. The stadium is beautiful. The team is well coached and quality college football is being played right here in the DFW area.

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