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Todd Dodge out at North Texas

Posted on: October 20, 2010 11:08 am
Edited on: October 20, 2010 11:29 am

Dodge Ball is done. The movie did better than the label attached with so much excitement to Todd Dodge's offense when he arrived at North Texas in 2007.

Dodge was fired Wednesday after 3 1/2 frustrating seasons in the Sun Belt. The Mean Green had won four consecutive conference titles under previous coach Darrell Dickey. Under Dodge, North Texas sunk to the bottom of the conference.

His hiring was a bold move for both the school and the coach. Dodge, a former Texas quarterback, had gone 79-1 in his last 80 games as a high school coach at nearby Southlake Carroll. A high school coach. The winning prep percentage did not translate to success in even the lowest-rated Division I-A conference.

I feel for Dodge. When I spoke to him shortly after he got the job, he was still bitter over the way he was treated at times at Texas. Those teams were a shadow of the powerhouses Mack Brown has put together recently in Austin.

"Everything about you as a man will be exposed," Dodge said of being the Longhorns quarterback. "Character, toughness, resilience. There's times when you walk around town and everybody wants to love you up. It's ridiculous. Other times, you walk around town and you're a leper."

I feel for Dodge for having relive those feelings today. The usual factors applied in his firing. He was 6-37 in those 3 1/2 seasons. His son, Riley, was the quarterback but broke his wrist a few weeks ago. The team has gone through four starters at the position. There have been 12 players suffer what are considered season-ending injuries. Let's see Ohio State win under those circumstances. A new $78-million, 30,000-seat stadium is due to open next season. It needs to be filled.

Those are the reasons Dodge is gone, but will emerge somewhere. Dodge is a decent man and a good coach who will end up as a successful offensive coordinator in his next job. It was his spread option offense at Southlake Carroll that spread like a virus around to the state's high schools. His former quarterback at Southlake, Chase Daniel, is in the NFL.

I feel for him today. I don't want all those repressed feelings about being Texas' quarterback coming up again. He deserves better.


Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2010 5:46 pm

Todd Dodge out at North Texas

North Texas has got to be one of the hardest spots in the nation to be a head coach recruits are woed first by Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M,Houston, Arkansas, Oklahoma St, TCU ect. and after the big boys have had thier fill there are other buzzards around to clean up , Utep,Rice Tulsa, Baylor ect how in the world is a head coach to recruit a high school kid away from those schools the fact is it would be very hard to do so as a result they are left with the scraps.I think any coach who takes over at N. Texas will run into the same problems Dodge as and the results will be the same without a major investment.

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2010 4:54 pm

Todd Dodge out at North Texas

High school talent in Texas at the 5A level and in the Sun Belt is not that far apart.

While I agree that Dodge did not get stupid overnight, you can't be serious about that above statement.  Not withstanding the age difference, the talent at NCAA 1AA is better as well.  Lets start the comparisons at the Junior College or Div 3 level and then you may have an interesting debate.  Maybe.  And this is not a slap at Texas 5A as it is one of the best in the country (if not the best) at churning out the talent.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2010 3:50 pm

Todd Dodge out at North Texas

Not sure that the University of North Texas has the money to be a top program. Its a nice school with strong academics - especially music and public administration- just North of Dallas.

Mack Brown at Texas has done some sleazy things and probably spends 10x what UNT does, nevertheless  Dodge had a long string of losing and its best for all to move on.

Since: Jul 20, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2010 3:26 pm

Todd Dodge out at North Texas

This man produced Greg McElroy, Todd Dodge, and Chase Daniel.. He was so great for the game, it's so unfortunate that he didn't work out. He'll catch on somewhere else but he easily produced some of the best quarterbacks in the history of the state of Texas year in and out.

Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2010 1:07 pm

Todd Dodge out at North Texas

Obviously, Dodge's effort at UNT has not gone well.  There have been injuries, particularly at the quarterback position, along with other internal issues that have not produced many wins.  Lack of production at the QB position cannot be underestimated here as Dodge's spead offense will only go as far as the quarterback can take it.  He didn't show up in Denton and turn stupid overnight and don't give me the BS about high school vs. college.  High school talent in Texas at the 5A level and in the Sun Belt is not that far apart.

I've not read anything about the team's lack of success attributed to play calling.  I hope Dodge goes on the an OC position at a mid-level conference and has some success becasue this guy can coach.

Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2010 12:32 pm

Todd Dodge out at North Texas

Us gator fans will take him.  He can't be any worse than our current offensive coordinator.

Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2010 12:03 pm

Todd Dodge out at North Texas

This is really not surprising. This team is in the Sun Belt.  You should be able to win if you are any good as a head coach in the Sun Belt.  I really doubt that any FBS head coach would want to go there. Any coach who does win there probably would not stay for very long.  Look for an assistant to get hired.

Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2010 12:00 pm

Todd Dodge out at North Texas

  About freakin' time this PA Jeff Putz got the can!  I mean, MANY (and I mean MANY) North Texas Alums and Fans are STILL wanting him to stay!  Losing has become a tradition in Denton, and Todd Dodge has brought it to new depths!  Even with the 14 Injuries this Season, Dodge's Record doesn't lie (6-37 .1395 Won/Loss Pct.).  And half of Dodge's Wins came against current FBS Cellar-Dwellar Western Kentucky, whom the Green play next.
  Needless to say, I'm celebrating that this 'Offensive Genius' is FINALLY gone and not in control of the Green anymore! 

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