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          === McCarney signs five-year extension with North Texas ===
 Denton,  TX (SportsNetwork.com) - North Texas head football coach Dan McCarney
 has signed a five-year extension with the school.
 McCarney,  who took  over the Mean Green program in November 2010, will become
 one of the highest-paid coaches in Conference USA with the total package worth
 $3.625 million.
 "I'm  extremely  appreciative  of  (athletic  director)  Rick  Villarreal  and
 president  Neal  Smatresk for their  support and  loyalty," said McCarney in a
 statement  Thursday. "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."
 McCarney  is 18-19 in  his three years at North Texas, including a mark of 9-4
 in  2013. The Mean  Green capped last season with a 36-14 win over UNLV in the
 Heart of Dallas Bowl.
 The  60-year-old Iowa  City native was also  the head coach at Iowa State from
 1995-2006.  He  guided the  Cyclones  to  a record  of  56-85  with five  bowl
 appearances  in 12  seasons, leaving  as the  winningest coach  in Iowa  State
 After his stint in Ames, McCarney was an assistant head coach at South Florida
 for  a  year and an  assistant head coach at  Florida for three seasons before
 joining the Mean Green.
 03/20 14:10:09 ET

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