March 20, 2014
DENTON, Texas – The University of North Texas has announced a new contract extension for head football coach Dan McCarney that runs through the 2018 season. The new five-year contract extension was signed this morning by McCarney and makes him one of the highest paid coaches in Conference USA. The entire package will be worth 3.625 million dollars over five years.
“I’m extremely appreciative of Rick Villarreal and President Neal Smatresk for their support and loyalty,” said coach McCarney. “Our collective vision is to keep the Mean Green football program rolling, to strive for new heights and to add special chapters to the history books each year. I am so honored each day to lead this program at such a special university and community.”
The five-year deal has a base salary of $600,000, but, with guaranteed incentives, the deal will reach $725,000 per season. With incentives the total package could reach as high as $850,000 per season.
McCarney has won 18 games in three years at North Texas, which already ranks in the top-10 all-time, tied for ninth in coaching wins. McCarney reached 18 wins at North Texas faster than any coach since Rod Rust in 1967-69.
Under McCarney, North Texas won nine games for only the sixth time in school history in 2013, capped by a 36-14 win over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. The nine wins tied for the second most in school history, and the bowl victory was just the third in school history.
North Texas opens the 2014 season on August 31 at Texas.