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Former UF assistant Dan McCarney introduced as North Texas coach

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His Florida career officially over, Dan McCarney was introduced as the new head coach at North Texas this afternoon.

The former Gators’ defensive line coach had been with the program for three years before his departure this week.

McCarney accepted the offer this weekend. He had spent the past four years as an assistant coach, and was head coach at Iowa State from 1995 to 2006.

“I’m happy for Coach McCarney and his family,” said Florida coach Urban Meyer in a statement. “He has a proven track record as a head coach and we were fortunate to have him on our staff for the last three years. He did a great job with our defensive line and I fully expect him to be successful at North Texas.”

With McCarney’s departure, the Gators have one open position. They will find out their bowl destination on Sunday, and could wait until after that game to hire another assistant.

McCarney’s departure has already contributed to one recruit decommitting from Florida. Asheville (N.C.) defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan decommitted on Monday. Danny Wilkins, Pagan’s high school coach, said McCarney’s hiring at North Texas was part of the reason the four-star recruit changed his mind.


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Florida recruit Jeoffrey Pagan tears ligaments in knee, will miss all-star games

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Florida’s recruiting class took a bit of a hit when Asheville (N.C.) defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan tore his medial collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament. Pagan, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound DE, will miss the Dec. 18 Shrine Bowl and the Jan. 8 U.S. Army All-American game.

Pagan hurt his knee while playing fullback, filling in for a teammate who had torn his ACL.

From the Asheville Citizen-Times story:

“Pagan is scheduled to have surgery in the next two weeks once the swelling goes down in his knee.

“It just breaks my heart,” (coach Danny) Wilkins said. “There’s a kid who had a lot of stuff in front of him, it just made me sick to see him go down.”

According to the story, Wilkins said Florida coach Urban Meyer gave him a written promise that the Gators would honor the commitment if Pagan got hurt.

Pagan, rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com, was the second of Florida’s 18 verbal commitments in the class of 2011.


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