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North Texas coach Seth Littrell talks to his players at Apogee Stadium. The school's board of regents approved the parameters for a contract extension for Littrell on Thursday.

The North Texas Board of Regents approved the parameters of an amended contract for Seth Littrell on Thursday, paving the way for the school to finalize a third extension for the highly successful coach.

Littrell has led UNT to bowl appearances in each of his three seasons. The school signed him to extensions after both of the first two seasons.

The school has been working with Littrell and agent Jimmy Sexton on a third extension over the last several weeks. UNT President Neal Smatresk said he expects the contract to be finalized in the next two weeks.

Littrell received a contract extension after the 2017 season that locked him up through 2022 and pays him $1.4 million in total compensation annually.

UNT is committed to increasing its financial commitment to football in the hope of retaining Littrell and his staff.

“The momentum we have in football is carrying over to the rest of the department,” UNT athletic director Wren Baker said this month. “It’s important to continue to invest in football. We will continue to do that so that we are competitive not only in Conference USA but also in the Group of Five.”

Baker said UNT is increasing total compensation for Littrell, his on-field assistants and off-field staff by about a half million dollars.

Littrell was C-USA’s highest-paid coach and his compensation ranked just outside the top 10 among Group of Five programs last season.

Littrell has become an increasingly hot commodity among college coaches due to his success at UNT. He was briefly a candidate to take over for Bill Snyder at Kansas State following last season before withdrawing from consideration for the job.

Littrell has spoken about how comfortable he is at UNT. The former Oklahoma fullback grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and has family in the region.

Littrell has developed close ties with Baker and other members of UNT’s administration.

“I have an unbelievable opportunity here,” Littrell said in the days leading up to the Mean Green’s appearance in the New Mexico Bowl last season. “Everyone has been so great to us here in this community. Our administration, from the head of the Board of Regents down to the president to our athletic director, is second to none.”

Littrell is expected to have one of his best teams in his fourth season. Quarterback Mason Fine, the two-time C-USA offensive player of the year, is set to return for his senior season along with 13 other starters.

“We are lucky and blessed to have him here,” Fine said of Littrell late last season. “We won’t take any day for granted because he could take another job if it fits his best interest. We know we have a great coach.”

Staff Writer Jenna Duncan contributed to this report

BRETT VITO can be reached at 940-566-6870 and via Twitter at @brettvito.

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