UNT coach Dan McCarney back at work after heart procedure

UNT coach Dan McCarney back at work after heart procedure

[dropcap]N[/dropcap]orth Texas coach Dan McCarney returned to work Friday a week after undergoing a heart procedure.

mccarneyIn a statement released by the school, McCarney praised the medical staff in charge of his care and said he is excited to be back working.

“I have already begun the road to recovery and am excited to be back in the office working toward making the Mean Green football program better,” McCarney’s statement read.

Though the statement did discuss details of the procedure, ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reports that it was bypass surgery.

McCarney, who turns 60 in July, has been in college coaching for 36 years. He was Iowa State’s head coach from 1995-2006, and spent three years as the defensive line coach at Florida before taking the North Texas job.

McCarney suffered a stroke in February of last year, but insisted that he would make a full and quick recovery. He told the Des Moines Register at the time that there was nothing wrong with him “that a little Grey Goose won’t cure.”

He recovered in time for the start of spring drills the following month.

In two seasons with the Mean Green, McCarney is 9-13 and has turned around a program that was 13-58 in the six years before his arrival, the nation’s worst record over that span.

Photo credit: Bill Haber / AP

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