Monroe, La. - The North Texas football team will close out the 2006 season and the Darrell Dickey era at the site of the program’s first Sun Belt conference game, Louisiana Monroe. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. from Malone Stadium and can be heard on the Mean Green Radio Network with George Dunham and Hank Dickenson.
The Mean Green dropped another tight conference game against Florida Atlantic, falling to the Owls 17-16 at Fouts Field. North Texas has played in nine Sun Belt games decided by seven points or less in the last two seasons. The Mean Green offense, however, seems to be back on track. Led by Johnny Quinn, who ranks 25th in the nation in catches per game (5.3), NT has accounted for exactly 1,000 yards of offense in its last three games. Louisiana Monroe has given its quarterback time to work, and it has resulted in the Sun Belt’s top offense (334.8 ypg). The Warhawks rank 14th in the country in sacks allowed (1.2 pg) while Kinsmon Lancaster is second in the conference in total offense (165.0 pg).
North Texas head coach Darrell Dickey will be coaching his last game for the Mean Green on Saturday after it was announced that he will not return in 2007. Dickey was the Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year for four straight years from 2001-2004, leading his team to four straight conference titles and four straight bowl games. He has a career record of 42-63 and a 34-21 record in conference games. He surpassed Hall of Fame coach Hayden Fry earlier this year for career wins at North Texas and will conclude his career ranked fourth in career wins at the school. Charlie Weatherbie, in his fourth season in Monroe, led the Warhawks to a share of the Sun Belt title in 2005. He carries a 13-31 record at UL-M and a 56-87 overall mark.
One of the program’s biggest rivals, North Texas and Louisiana-Monroe have an even 11-11 all-time record dating back to 1978. The pair met continuously from 1980 to 1994, and renewed the rivalry when both teams joined the Sun Belt in 2001.
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