Post Mortem: The North Texas Mean Green

Overall Record: 1-11

Conference Record 1-7

Biggest Win

Well, we have to choose from the one win the Mean Green mustered, so we’ll bite and take the UTSA win. 

Worst Loss

I’m just gonna say that losing to Portland State, and FCS team, at home, on homecoming, by 59. Yep, that was a crapper. Dan McCarney lost his job in part because of the Portland State loss. Also the team quit. 

Offensive MVP

The Roundup is going to go with Carlos Harris. The 5-8 receiver from Frisco led the Mean Green in receptions in spite of catching footballs from quarterbacks that lacked the ability to throw spirals on a consistent basis. Harris average almost 12 yards a grab with 7 TDs and a long catch of 93 yards. 6 of the 7 touchdowns came in conference play.                                                            

Congrats Carlos, you were the cherry on top for the terd that was the 2015 UNT season.

Defensive MVP

We’ve got good news and bad news, Kishawn McClain was the Mean Green’s defensive player of the year, that’s the good news. The Bad news, the safety made 110 tackles, meaning the front seven didn’t make that many stops. Actually McClain teamed with James Gray to form the first safety duo in school history with 100 stops a piece. 

McClain recorded 16 tackles against Rice and returned a fumble 45 yards for a TD in UNT’s only win of 2015.

What worked

We’re going to be stretching here, but perhaps this season is a spring board onto bigger and better things. Kind of like how certain shipping or air traffic events trigger improved safety policies or technological breakthroughs. The wreckage of the 2015 season has led to the hiring of Seth Littrell and perhaps, just maybe, the hope of better. 

It’s can’t get worse.

What Has To Change

Never again, tattoo that on your forehead, backwards UNT. Never again. Put the Portland State game on a loop in the weight room and locker room this offseason. Remind everyone daily. 

The Mean Green need a fully functioning quarterback, something they’ve searched for since Derek Thompson graduated. They were technically searching for one when Derek Thompson was at school, right up until his senior season, so UNT should be further along at finding one. 

Littrell’s most important hire will be the defensive coordinator, a position that will reportedly be filled by Mike Ekeler. Whomever UNT hires, they’ll need to improve on a defense that was horrible at most things. 

Offenses are easier to revamp and install, improvements in defense are much harder to come by.

Regardless, the most important job of the new staff will be to hit the recruiting trail hard. McCarney and his staff seemed to be making headway in this area after 2013, but obviously had some big misses  in the process. Littrell has been beating the bushes since his hire, he'll need to establish the North Texas brand in the metroplex to achieve long term success. Every player North Texas needs is sitting within a hour drive of the Denton Campus. 

Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result
09/12/15 at SMU Dallas, TX L, 31-13
09/19/15 vs. Rice Denton, TX L, 38-24
09/26/15 at Iowa Iowa City, IA L, 62-16
10/03/15 at Southern Miss Hattiesburg, MS L, 49-14
10/10/15 vs. Portland State Denton, TX L, 66-7
10/15/15 vs. Western Kentucky Denton, TX L, 55-28
10/24/15 at Marshall Huntington, WV L, 30-13
10/31/15 vs. UTSA Denton, TX W, 30-23
11/07/15 at Louisiana Tech Ruston, LA L, 56-13
11/14/15 at Tennessee Knoxville, TN L, 24-0
11/21/15 at Middle Tennessee Murfreesboro, TN L, 41-7
11/28/15 vs. UTEP Denton, TX L, 20-17
Posted on December 30, 2015 and filed under Southwest Round-Up.