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New North Texas head football coach Littrell meets the students

New North Texas head football coach Littrell meets the students

New North Texas head football coach Littrell meets the students
December 08
00:19 2015

Reece Waddell | Senior Staff Writer


North Texas introduced Seth Littrell as the school’s new head football coach at a press conference on Monday. Littrell previously served as the offensive coordinator for the University of North Carolina, where he led the Tar Heels to new school records in points and touchdowns scored in a season.

At 4:00 p.m on Monday at the Syndicate in the new University Union, Littrell met the UNT student body at a pep rally.


Student body president Adam Alattry introduces new football coach Seth Littrell during a meet and greet Monday afternoon. Evan McAlister | Staff Photographer

What a homecoming

A native of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Littrell has several ties to the North Texas area. Upon graduating the University of Oklahoma with a degree in communications, Littrell went on to coach running backs at Texas Tech University under Mike Leach.

Littrell began his brief two minute speech by thanking the students for coming out to support him.

“The support my family and I feel, I am so proud to be a part of this university,” Littrell said.

Littrell will be the youngest coach in Conference USA when the Mean Green host Southern Methodist University on September 3 and the fifth youngest in the nation.


New UNT football coach Seth Littrell smiles after student body president Adam Alattry gives him a tie with official UNT tartan. Evan McAlister | Staff Photographer

The right fit

When former head coach Dan McCarney was fired following a 66-7 loss to Portland State University on homecoming, the search for a new head coach quickly began.

But Littrell was in the midst of a conference championship race with North Carolina, which further complicated things. Despite this, Littrell said he knew all along North Texas was where he belonged.


New football coach Seth Littrell, middle, and athletic director Rick Villarreal dance during the UNT fight song. Evan McAlister | Staff Photographer

“For me, it was perfect. The perfect place,” Littrell said. “It was a place I knew a lot about. I am so honored and thrilled to be the next head coach here at North Texas, and I’m looking forward to a lot of great memories with [the student body].”

Filling Apogee Stadium

North Texas had the lowest attendance numbers among any member of C-USA in 2015 and averaged 13,631 people per game.

Littrell said the buck ultimately stops with him, and it is up to the football team to put a good product on the field.
He added that support from the student body would be instrumental in their success.

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