Maybe it doesn't mean anything. Maybe it's an accurate portrayal of the kind of miscommunication and perhaps even distrust that helps lead a program that won two national titles in three years and nearly played for a third into a 7-5 crater. Maybe the reporting simply isn't accurate. But it sounds like Urban Meyer wasn't aware that his defensive line coach was about to accept the head coaching position at North Texas :
The Denton (Tex.) Record-Chronicle is reporting that Florida defensive line coach Dan McCarney, who is also the Gators' assistant head coach, will be named as the new head coach at North Texas either today or Tuesday.If that's accurate, then McCarney stepped onto the sidelines for Florida 's humiliation against Florida State having already told the Mean Green he'd be accepting their offer ... but without having told Meyer the same. Obviously McCarney wouldn't want his negotiations to go public in the press, becoming a distraction in the days leading up to the game (not that it would have made any difference, apparently), but wouldn't the professional approach be to at least inform his immediate superior? If Meyer's telling the truth that McCarney hadn't discussed the matter with him, is this kind of disconnect between Meyer and his staff indicative of why the Gators have floundered so badly this season?
UF coach Urban Meyer said after Saturday night's 31-7 loss at Florida State he was unaware of McCarney's possible departure. The Texas paper, however, reported Sunday that a contract is being finalized.
Those are difficult questions to answer, but we can at least say with certainty that McCarney's departure at this relatively late stage won't help Meyer's stated goal to "build [Florida] back up" via the avenue of recruiting ; while it's debatable whether McCarney maximized the immense talents on his defensive line (which has seen several high-profile busts as well as several smashing successes), the arrival last season of the nation's best defensive line class (and arguably the best in the recruiting rankings' history) shows that his recruiting touch, at the very least, won't easily be replaced. That Meyer appears to have been surprised by McCarney's defection won't help him find a replacement in a hurry, either, though at Florida it's also safe to say there won't be any shortage of qualified candidates.
As for North Texas, the hire seems like a good one; the veteran McCarney should know how to walk UNT back to respectability before they start running back towards Sun Belt championships. But back in Gainesville, his departure creates even more difficult questions for a program that, after this lost season, has no shortage of them at the moment.