Ran across various accounts of the whereabouts of former North Texas coach Darrell Dickey, the most comprehensive being here.
UNT fired Dickey before last season ended, and he's caught on at Utah State as offensive coordinator. Another story says Dickey was hired to "punch up" USU's offense, which ranked 114th in Division I-A last year and didn't score in its first four games. Hmm.
A few talking points:
1. Wondering how Dickey -- let's call him a rambunctious fun-lover -- will play in Logan, unmistakably conservative Mormon country. A very liberal friend spent 10 years in that area, and let's just say a sense of humor comes at a premium.
2. USU's quarterback is gone for two years on an LDS church mission. But hey, the guy replacing him beat Fresno State last year for the Aggies' only victory (1-11). By the way, how far has Fresno State fallen?
3. Defensive coordinator Mark Johnson on Dickey: "The guy knows football. He believes in a scheme and stays with it." No arguments here, coach.
4. USU's offense is shifting from throwing out of the shotgun to a "traditional" running game. "Ideally in this offense, what we try to do, and we did a little of this at North Texas, there will be a guy that carries it 20-25 times, minimum," Dickey said. "Sometimes, it's as high as 40. Sometimes at that position, one guy carries it 30 or so and another guy gets eight, 10, 12 carries."
5. A quick check reveals UNT's offense, in its best year (2004) under Dickey, ranked 82nd in I-A. Average ranking in six of Dickey's nine years: 113.
No doubt, Dickey's a smart guy after leading UNT to four bowls, but he did it with defense and a running game that caught lightning in a bottle. Where this so-called punch will come from, who knows.