North Texas coach Seth Littrell will resume calling plays in 2020, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told the Denton Record-Chronicle on Friday morning as UNT’s staff continued to take shape.
UNT is losing special teams coordinator Marty Biagi to Purdue. Littrell is targeting Tulsa offensive line coach Mike Bloesch and Argyle offensive coordinator Tate Wallis to join his offensive staff.
A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed all three moves that were first reported by FootballScoop.
The addition of Bloesch and Wallis has yet to become official. Wallis was teaching class in Argyle on Friday morning.
A UNT spokesman said that an announcement of staff additions is not imminent.
Littrell fired both offensive coordinator Bodie Reeder and defensive coordinator Troy Reffett after last season and has been restocking his coaching staff the last few weeks.
All three of the coaches who held coordinator titles at UNT last season have now left the staff following a tough 4-8 campaign. The Mean Green were picked to win Conference USA’s West Division in the league’s preseason poll but failed to live up to expectations.
The question throughout the process was how Littrell would handle the play-calling duties. He was a highly respected offensive coordinator at Arizona, Indiana and North Carolina before landing his first job as a head coach at UNT.
Former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell served as UNT’s offensive coordinator and play-caller during Littrell’s first season with the Mean Green in 2016 and remained in that capacity before leaving for Southern Cal after the 2018 campaign.
Littrell hired Reeder to replace Harrell and strongly considered calling plays heading into the 2019 season. Littrell took over as UNT’s play-caller in the middle of the season after the Mean Green failed to live up to expectations.
Reeder was recently hired as the offensive coordinator at Utah State.
Wallis was an assistant coach at Baylor under former coach Art Briles, who was fired amid a sexual assault scandal in 2016. Wallis landed at Arygle, where he’s a member of Todd Rodgers staff.
Wallis served as the Eagles’ offensive coordinator last season. He helped Argyle average 51.9 points and 515.8 yards per game.
Quarterback Bo Hogeboom threw for 3,724 yards and 57 touchdowns, surpassing current UNT quarterback Austin Aune’s all-time school record for passing touchdowns.
Aune enters the 2020 season as one of the players competing to take over for record-setting quarterback Mason Fine, who graduated after last season.
Bloesch just completed his fifth year at Tulsa and his fourth as the team’s offensive line coach. He is set to take over for Chuck Langston.
If their hiring goes through, Wallis and Bloesch will be the second and third coaches to join UNT’s staff. The Mean Green previously added Clint Bowen as their defensive coordinator.
Biagi spent the last three seasons on UNT’s staff and saw his stock in coaching rise in the 2018 campaign when Keegan Brewer returned a punt 90 yards for a touchdown after an elaborately designed trick play. Brewer faked a catch before breaking for the sideline and running untouched for a touchdown that helped spark the Mean Green in a 44-17 win over Arkansas.
Defensive line coach Marc Yellock is also not expected to return to UNT’s staff next season, a source confirmed to the Denton Record-Chronicle earlier this month
UNT has five assistant coaches who are expected to return — associate head coach/co-offensive coordinator Tommy Mainord, running backs coach Patrick Cobbs, cornerbacks coach Clay Jennings, tight ends coach Adrian Mayes and linebackers coach Galen Scott.
Littrell vowed to take a hard look at his program from top to bottom after UNT failed to earn a bowl berth for the first time in his four seasons with the Mean Green in 2019.
“We all have to grow through this and figure out how to move forward in a positive direction,” Littrell said heading into UNT’s season-ending loss to UAB. “Ultimately, we are here to develop and mentor these men and compete for championships.”
Littrell continued to revamp his coaching staff on Friday as UNT looked to reach that goal.