North Texas is close to hiring Florida defensive line coach Dan McCarney according to this report.
McCarney is "99 percent sure" he is headed to North Texas according a source who spoke with the coach told CBSSports.com.
The 57-year old McCarney was head coach at Iowa State for 12 years from 1995-2006. He took the Cyclones to five bowl games, winning at least seven games in five of those seasons. In 2000 Iowa State finished 9-3, nearly upsetting Florida State that season.
After leaving Iowa State, McCarney spent one year as an assistant at South Florida before going to Florida as a d-line coach in 2008. His overall head coaching record is 56-85.
McCarney replaces Todd Dodge who was fired on Oct. 20. That leaves five openings in Division I-A -- Colorado, Minnesota, Miami, Indiana and Kent State.
McCarney is the eighth former Urban Meyer assistant to become a head coach. This would be the third straight season a Meyer assistant has left to become a head coach.
Charlie Strong, Florida - Louisville
Dan Mullen, Florida - Mississippi State
Doc Holliday, Florida - Marshall
Kyle Whittingham, Utah - Utah
Greg Brandon, Bowling Green - Bowling Green
Mike Sanford, Utah - UNLV
Tim Beckman, Bowling Green - Toledo