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N. Illinois interviews McCarney

Posted Dec 5, 2007 by Brett McMurphy

Updated Dec 5, 2007 at 01:07 AM

University of South Florida defensive line coach Dan McCarney has interviewed for the head coaching position at Northern Illinois.

NIU is looking to replace Joe Novak, who retired after 12 years at NIU on Nov. 26.

Before coming to USF in February, McCarney had been a head coach for 12 seasons at Iowa State. He led Iowa State to five bowl games in the past seven seasons and was the 2004 Big 12 Coach of the Year.

This season at USF, McCarney made an immediate impact. He tutored sophomore DE George Selvie, a former offensive lineman, who is the nation’s leader in tackles for loss (31.5) and second in sacks (14.5).

If McCarney leaves, USF coach Jim Leavitt will be looking for his fourth defensive line coach in as many years after having to replace Earl Lane, who went to LSU, in 2006 and Bernard Clark, who went to Florida International, in 2007.

McCarney could not be reached for comment Tuesday night, but has said in the past about his desire to be a head coach again.

Reader Comments

Por (Nabeel Mulla) on December 05, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Unlike many of the other assistants that have left for greener pastures over the years, I couldn’t blame McCarney for leaving for a head coaching position.  It would be an obvious upward move on his part.  I was amazed to have him go from a head coach to a position coach here in the first place.  If he leaves, his services for this year were appreciated.  Hopefully if he goes though, he won’t cause Selvie to rethink entering the NFL draft early.

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Por (Thomas Kenyon) on December 05, 2007 (Suggest removal)

I don’t know what the exact weather details were when he interviewed up there, but it’s been in the 70’s down here in Sarasota where he and his wife have a home.

I could imagine him deciding to not pursue a non-BCS head coaching job like this one.

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Por (Larry Kieffer) on December 05, 2007 (Suggest removal)

As I said in an earlier post about Leavitt’s salary, Coach needs a bigger budget for staff salaries and program enhancements more than he needs a salary boost. At his level, the salary figure has more to do with his standing on a salary scoresheet than it does with the quality of his family’s life or the security of its future.

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Por (Brett McMurphy) on December 05, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Larry, you’re absolutely right: the assistants should be the biggest priority. They are way underpaid compared with other BCS coaches. Leavitt just got a new deal two years ago so he’s fine.

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Por (Jeff Harmon) on December 05, 2007 (Suggest removal)

I’ll cheer for any team Mac is coaching.  This has been an exciting year following the successes SFU has accomplished yet I would like to see coach McCarney heading up a team again.  Either way, I’m a OSU Beaver fan and I can’t wait to watch the Bulls crush the Ducks in Texas.  GO BULLS!

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