Dallas Colleges: Todd Dodge

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Todd Dodge is Marble Falls' new football coach

January, 24, 2012
MARBLE FALLS, Texas -- Todd Dodge is returning to Texas high school coaching five years after a dominant run of four state championships in five seasons.

Dodge was hired Monday night at Marble Falls, ending a college stint that started when the University of North Texas hired Dodge after he went 79-1 in a five-season stretch at Southlake Carroll.

The rare move from high school to a Division I program didn't work out for Dodge. He was 6-37 before getting fired in the middle of his fourth season at UNT. He was the quarterbacks coach at Pittsburgh last year.

Dodge's overall high school record is 124-46 at four schools.

Marble Falls is a Class 4A school 50 miles northwest of Austin, where Dodge has family ties and was a starting quarterback for Texas in the 1980s.

Report: Todd Dodge a candidate at Marble Falls

January, 19, 2012
According to The River Cities Daily Tribune, Marble Falls High School is hoping to hire former Southlake Carroll and University of North Texas football coach Todd Dodge.

The report said Dodge visited the school Wednesday and was introduced to the booster club.

"The primary purpose of this evaluation is to allow [Dodge and his family] to see if this is the place they want to be," Marble Falls school district spokesman Bruce Peckover told The Daily Tribune.

Marble Falls, which is about 45 miles northwest of Austin, went 4-6 last season, including 1-5 in District 25-4A.

Dodge coached for seven seasons at Southlake Carroll, leading the Dragons to state championships in 2002, '04, '05 and '06. He left for the North Texas job starting in 2007 but went 6-37 before being fired during the 2010 season. He was quarterbacks coach at the University of Pittsburgh last season.

Riley Dodge leaving North Texas

January, 4, 2011
Quarterback Riley Dodge has played his last down at North Texas.

Dodge, the former Southlake Carroll High star, told ESPNDallas.com that he will transfer from North Texas. His departure comes months after his father, Todd, was fired in midseason after going 6-37 in three-plus years as the Mean Green’s head coach.

“It just came down to me getting a fresh start,” Dodge said. “I’m very grateful for what North Texas has done for me.”

Dodge, who has two seasons of eligibility remaining, plans to go to Football Subdivision Championship program with a passing offense. The list of schools he is considering includes Stephen F. Austin, McNeese State, Southeastern Louisiana, James Madison, Missouri State, Villanova and Delaware.

Dodge, the two-time Class 5A offensive player of the year, was one of the most heralded recruits in UNT history. He had orally committed to Texas, where he likely would have played receiver, before changing his mind and deciding to play again for his father, who had built Southlake Carroll into one of the best dynasties in Texas high school football history before being hired by UNT.

However, Dodge’s career at North Texas was marred by injuries, beginning with a broken right clavicle suffered in his final high school game. Dodge dealt with so many injuries to his throwing arm that he was moved to receiver last spring, only to return to quarterback after season-ending injuries to starter Nathan Tune and backup Derek Thompson.

Dodge threw for 1,212 yards and 11 touchdowns with four interceptions while starting seven games at quarterback last season. He also rushed for 253 yards and a touchdown on 79 carries. He suffered a concussion in the season finale and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he was released within an hour.

There was concern in the spring that Dodge would need Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm, but he said it’s as strong as ever.

“I want to play quarterback,” said Dodge, who threw for 3,187 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 754 yards and six touchdowns during his UNT career. “I feel like I’ve got two good years left and just want to get a fresh start. My arm feels great. I’ve been throwing a lot. And I know I’m a quarterback.”

Dodge said his decision had nothing to do with new UNT coach Dan McCarney. He praised McCarney and associate head coach/ offensive coordinator Mike Canales, who served as interim coach after Todd Dodge’s dismissal.

Dodge added that he had no regrets about his decision to attend North Texas, although his experience there certainly didn’t unfold the way he had envisioned.

“I don’t regret a thing,” he said. “It’s just my time to go.”

North Texas fires Todd Dodge

October, 20, 2010
North Texas fired head coach Todd Dodge on Wednesday morning.

Dodge, who was hired in 2006 after winning 79 of his last 80 games at Southlake Carroll High, had a 6-37 record at North Texas. The Mean Green are 1-6, ensuring that Dodge won't get to the seven-win mandate set by athletic director Rick Villarreal.

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Bowl is goal for Mean Green

September, 1, 2010

North Texas needs to win at least seven games to save coach Todd Dodge's job.

"All of us that grind here day in and day out, we realize that," Dodge said. "But that’s not our motivating factor, to save each other's jobs. It's just to get us all where we think that we can be. If we do hit on the goals that we've set for ourselves, it would be about the most excited group of players and coaches that anybody's ever hosted at a bowl game."

A glance at the Mean Green:

2009 record: 2-10 (eighth in Sun Belt)

Starters returning: 19

Offensive starters returning: 9

Defensive starters returning: 10

Key offensive returners: RB Lance Dunbar rushed for 1,378 yards and 17 touchdowns despite starting just the last eight games of the season. He averaged 6.9 yards per carry, which ranked second in the nation among backs with at least 200 carries. His 19 total touchdowns ranked seventh in the nation. … RT Esteban Santiago is one of four offensive linemen who have at least two seasons of starting experience. The 6-3, 285-pound Santiago, a second-team All-Sun Belt selection, has 35 career starts. … UNT's top six receivers return, led by Jamaal Jackson (71 catches, 701 yards, six TDs).

Will be missed: Riley Dodge is still on the team, but arm problems prevented him from continuing his career as the Mean Green’s starting quarterback. He'll play receiver and take about 10 to 12 snaps per game as a Wildcat quarterback.

Key defensive returners: LB Craig Robertson led the team with 107 tackles last season. He has eight career interceptions. … Safety DaWaylon Cook ranked second on the team with 85 tackles. He had two fumble recoveries. … CB Royce Hill had three of UNT's seven interceptions last season. … DE Brandon Akpunku bulked up 15 pounds to 240 after leading the Mean Green with 11.5 tackles for losses and six sacks last season.

Will be missed: MLB Tobe Nwigwe’s injury midway through the season was a devastating blow to the defense. He ranked third on the team with 57 tackles as a senior despite playing only six games.

On the rise: Transfers Christopher Bynes (Coffeyville CC) and Tyler Stradford (Oklahoma) step in as starting receivers despite the depth at that position. … Redshirt senior Nathan Tune takes over as the starting quarterback. He completed 69 of 107 passes for 646 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions last season.

Toughest schedule stretch: Sept. 4 at Clemson; Sept. 11 vs. Rice; Sept. 18 at Army.

By the numbers

5: Blown leads in the fourth quarter in 2009

7: Consecutive years in which the Mean Green opened the season with a different starting quarterback

58: Years of playing in Fouts Field, which will be replaced by a new $78 million stadium next season

North Texas returns to The Bottom 10

August, 30, 2010
ESPN.com has brought back its college football "Bottom 10" rankings, and it kicks off the 2010 season with a Lady Gaga theme. What Mean Green fans won't be gaga over, however, is North Texas' return to the rankings.

UNT debuts at No. 4 in the rankings. Here's the comment: "Bad Romance": The Mean Green are 4-31 under Todd Dodge. "Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh! Caught in a bad romance."

On the hot seat: Dodge, Sherman

May, 26, 2010
ESPN College Football Insider Bruce Feldman has put together a top 10 list of college football coaches on the hot seat entering the 2010 season. Appearing on the list are North Texas coach Todd Dodge (No. 4) and Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman (No. 10).

Feldman's comments on the two:
4. Todd Dodge, North Texas Mean Green: With the success he had in high school, many observers thought this would've turned out much, much differently. Instead, UNT -- a program that was very respectable a decade ago -- is now among the worst at the FBS level. UNT is 5-31 in Dodge's tenure. Without a big turnaround, it doesn't seem likely that he gets to coach them again in 2011.

10. Mike Sherman, Texas A&M Aggies: The Aggies are an interesting team right now. They have some outstanding talent in a lot of places. People saw how dangerous they could be when they went toe-to-toe with Texas last Thanksgiving. The Aggies are pretty close to becoming relevant again. Sherman's hire of former Air Force D-coordinator Tim DeRuyter is pivotal. Expectations are building. They have a legit shot to open 4-0 before Arkansas visits. I think Sherman's team will respond well this year and get him off the hot seat, but with a 10-15 career mark, it's iffy right now.

Riley Dodge's days as UNT quarterback are done

April, 5, 2010
Riley Dodge went to North Texas so he could play quarterback for his father, which he did in 2009 as a redshirt freshman.

But the two-time Class 5A player of the year at Southlake Carroll won't be doing it anymore.

The damage caused by injuries to his throwing arm, including one suffered on the final play of his high school career, has forced Dodge to move to receiver. That's where he lined up Monday during the Mean Green's spring practice.

Ironically, Dodge was recruited by Texas to play receiver, but he chose to follow his father and play quarterback. After turning Southlake Carroll into a dynasty, Todd Dodge was hired by UNT after Riley's junior season of high school.

"It's the hand that he's been dealt, but he's excited about it," Todd Dodge said. "He's embraced it. He'll try to be the best receiver he can be. I personally think he can be a really good one."