North Texas fires coach Dan McCarney after FCS loss

The North Texas Mean Green play in Conference USA, so one would think that they could handle lesser competition in an FCS team like the Big Sky’s Portland State Vikings.

Apparently not.

North Texas lost 66-7 to Portland State yesterday, dropping their record to 0-5. As a result, head coach Dan McCarney was fired. Brett Vito of the Denton Record-Chronicle reported McCarney’s firing on Twitter.

Dan McCarney has been relieved of his duties as UNT's head coach, Rick VillarreL confirms after loss to Portland State

— Brett Vito (@brettvito) October 11, 2015

It’s a rough end to McCarney’s tenure with the Mean Green, as he had been with the program since 2011. In his time with the team, he was an underwhelming 22-32 and 15-19 in conference play across both the Sun Belt and Conference USA. The highlight of McCarney’s career with North Texas was going 9-4 two seasons ago and beating UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. No immediate replacement has been named yet, but Campus Sports will update this story as any new information becomes available.

Meanwhile, the Mean Green will look to break out of their funk and win their first game of the season when the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers pay a visit to Denton on Thursday. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network.

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