I'll Admit It, I Was Dead Wrong About Todd Dodge

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Something I thought I'd never write in 2011: Todd Dodge is the new quarterbacks coach at Pitt.

By now I figured Dodge -- who ascended from historic success at Southlake Carroll High School to a gig at North Texas -- would be choosing from primo Division I jobs in the wake of multiple Sun Belt Conference championships and bowl appearances.

His innovative offense would befuddle college opponents just as it did high school defenses and off he'd go ...

Gulp.

After going 79-1 and winning four state championships in his last five years at SLC, Dodge flopped in Denton. At UNT he went 6-37 and authored some of the worst defenses in the history of college football.

At the time of his hiring by UNT way back in 2006 I thought it was genius. A natural progression. Oops.

Four years later Dodge, North Texas and Southlake Carroll are worse off. In retrospect, he should've never left.

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Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

You weren't alone, Richie. Let's not forget how much this spare was touted by International Chirp-Chirp himself, Captain Midnight, a.k.a. Jub-Jub, as in The Magical, Mystical Georgio (i.e. Sweet-Sweet)...George Dunham/Honeybee Killer.

Of course, Jaa has very little credibility when it comes to UNT coaches, after his noted entry into the music biz on the coattails of Weird Tim Jankovich and Moving Violations.

Nine Ten Eleven
Nine Ten Eleven

As usual, RW misses the real story.

TD had an uphill battle recruiting with the lousy stadium and TCU/SMU on the upswing.The new coach will have a better sell with the really swank looking new digs:http://tinyurl.com/4lgym8o

Maybe I can catch the new DCTA rail up there for the 09/10/11 opening festivities against the UofH Cougs: http://tinyurl.com/4jjj4kb

UNT worse off? Hardly.

Mishon
Mishon

RW, you say that you were wrong about things a lot. Maybe you should actually try and get something right every now and then, and you won't have to keep saying that you were wrong. Just a tip.

Rooster
Rooster

I don't think the dude was ready for college ball, but at the same time he had "less than nothing" to work with at UNT. He never had a chance.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Well, you weren't the only one that missed on that one. I think a better progression for him would to have been an OC job. Having command over the entire operation, while in high school is easy, dude just wasn't ready yet. That showed when the other guy took over and actually won games.

sports talker
sports talker

I actually feel badly for Georgio. He loves UNT so damn much, a billion times more than any alum I know. He's an optimist, but UNT football stinks and doesn't seem to be changing any time soon. They need to find their June Jones type of coach to turn it around.

sports graffiti
sports graffiti

so that glorified high school stadium will get better recruits? I think the 2 wins a year may affect a recruit's decision more.

sports talker
sports talker

Darryl Dickey doesn't seem so bad in retrospect. Can't blame UNT going for an exciting hire, but as usual the switch to one level to the other does not equal success.

UNT should saveup and bring in an transcendent type of coach like SMU did with June Jones. How much would Mike Leach cost? He's looking for a gig I hear.

Nine Ten Eleven
Nine Ten Eleven

so that glorified high school stadium will get better recruits?

Is the bear Catholic? Does the Pope s#$t in the woods?

reality check
reality check

Steve Martin stole the ' bear catholic' bit from Gilbert Shelton's early seventies Freewheelin Franklin comic book character.

sports graffiti
sports graffiti

I love Steve Martin too, but I'm not sure this will make a difference from said local recruit choosing between a legit powerhouse in TCU, a team that is rapidly improving with a proven head coach in SMU, and the Mean Green good for maybe 2 wins a year. That new stadium won't mean diddly without the wins.

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