Dan McCarney named honorary captain for Iowa's opener

Chad Leistikow, cleistik@dmreg.com

Dan McCarney is coming back to Kinnick Stadium.

The former Iowa football assistant and Iowa State head coach will serve as the 15th-ranked Hawkeyes' honorary captain for Saturday's 2:30 p.m. season opener against Miami of Ohio.

Though McCarney spent 13 seasons leading the Cyclones, his roots are embedded in Iowa City. He attended City High School and played for the Hawkeyes in the 1970s, serving as team captain in 1974.

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, left, talks with then-North Texas coach Dan McCarney last season before the two teams played at Kinnick Stadium. Ferentz and McCarney were both assistants under Hayden Fry in the 1980s.

McCarney spent 11 years on Hayden Fry's coaching staff (as defensive line coach, while current Hawkeye head coach Kirk Ferentz was leading the offensive line) before moving to Wisconsin, then Iowa State. No doubt he'll be hanging out with his old boss at Friday's FryFest in Iowa City.

McCarney was fired in October from his post as North Texas' head coach, a few weeks after his Mean Green lost 62-16 to Iowa at Kinnick Stadium.

Saturday's game will be televised on ESPNU. About 4,000 tickets are available.