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Column: Seth Littrell has no place in larger conferences

Column: Seth Littrell has no place in larger conferences

Column: Seth Littrell has no place in larger conferences
October 30
17:33 2018

After the start of this North Texas football season under head coach Seth Littrell, the idea of Littrell being recruited to a different football program has been thrown around. The notion of this is completely asinine.

The reason for these rumors is the success Littrell and the Mean Green have had in 2018. Littrell led North Texas to a 4-0 start and outscored their opponents 195-63 in those four games.

Littrell and the North Texas program also received national attention for the punt return against the Arkansas Razorbacks that went viral all over sports media outlets nationwide.

The season was off to a great start, and the Mean Green looked like world beaters for the first time in a long while. Then, the moment of truth came — the first conference game against Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.

North Texas enjoyed a great deal of offensive success in the first half against LA Tech and then came out ice cold in the second half and only scored 6 points. One of the nation’s highest-ranked offenses couldn’t even buy a touchdown in the second half.

That’s a glaring problem and one that will not go unnoticed in the world of sports. In college football, every game matters, and when a coach cannot rally his troops in pivotal conference games, people will take notice.

During the next few weeks, the Mean Green went on to struggle with offensive consistency. North Texas barely made it out of El Paso with a 27-24 win against a winless Texas-El Paso team. After, they lost to Alabama-Birmingham, who held the Mean Green to zero points in the second half of a game that could have put them in No. 1 in Conference USA Western division.

Despite the success Coach Littrell has had in flipping the North Texas football program into what it is now, he still can’t seem to win the pivotal games that really matter, and that will be the snag in what keeps him from advancing into the bigger conferences in college football.

C-USA is indeed competitive, but there is a very noticeable talent gap that lies between C-USA and bigger conferences, like SEC or the Big 10. If Littrell cannot show up with his team in big moments where it was obvious they had the opportunity to win in the first half, what makes people think things will get any easy in the bigger and better conferences?

Major football programs have the ability to win in high-stakes games into account when scouting for head coaching vacancies. North Texas has one of the nation’s top passing attacks and still can’t find a way to continue production in the second half of this year’s losses. The ability to galvanize a team and finish the fight in key games is something that is required to be successful in big conferences.

That is something that Littrell has not been able to master in his coaching career. Littrell’s success as a head coach should not be taken for granted, nor should it be overlooked. However, until he can demonstrate he can win pivotal games consistently, he should not by any means be given serious consideration for a head coaching job in a larger college football conference.

Featured Image: North Texas head coach Seth Littrell high fives fans after a victory over Rice on Oct. 27. Sara Carpenter

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7 Comments

  1. WriterThatCantWrite
    WriterThatCantWrite November 01, 18:41

    Lmao this guy? garbage

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  2. Patches
    Patches November 01, 22:00

    There are worse head coaches in much larger conferences. Considering everything he has done to the program and how he is transforming it, he will be sought after soon enough.

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  3. spot.d
    spot.d November 05, 03:29

    I can see the writer’s current point; but time will really tell the whole story. Littrell should stay at UNT. Both can benefit from additional effort. Learn from the meat “grinders”; the middle of the road records and efforts are all on display; TTU, Texas, and Kansas (yes, TCU is going backwards), to mention a few. All three want to be power house big boys; but just cannot turn the corner.

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  4. Coachey
    Coachey November 11, 13:13

    As a huge Mean Green football fan I don’t want Coach Littrell to leave UNT any time soon. As a football realist, I understand that in a few years he may very well have several conference titles under his belt and will have lead the Mean Green to their best seasons. Coach Littrell will be coaching a major conference team eventually. My hope is that when it happens, it’s because UNT has outgrown and outplayed C-USA and along with Houston or another up and coming program helps the Big 12 have 12 teams in it again.

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  5. Truth
    Truth November 14, 20:07

    UNT will not be in the Big 12, any version of it. When a team is getting out scored in the 2nd half of games, that’s 100% coaching. In the end UNT will more than likely over paid this coach and be stuck with him. Hell UNT can’t win the West in a year the top school in the West gets the snot knocked out of them by a SBC newbie

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  6. scrappyman1
    scrappyman1 December 01, 16:16

    I don’t want him to lesave yet. I think there are behind the scenes
    actions trying to get him to stay here.
    At one of the games O was told some moves that were going to be made to keep him here in case someone tried to hire him away. Big D Scrappyman1

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  7. Dixie Normous
    Dixie Normous March 18, 16:45

    Who’s Matthew?

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