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Report: Littrell on SMU's list of targets to replace Morris

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Brett Vito, Staff Writer

North Texas coach Seth Littrell is among a long list of coaches SMU could consider to replace Chad Morris, according to a report by 247Sports.

Morris is leaving SMU after gradually reviving a struggling program. The Mustangs went 1-11 the season before Morris arrived. SMU won just two games his first year, but then went 5-7 in his second campaign.

The Mustangs are 7-5 heading into their game against Louisiana Tech in the Frisco Bowl.

What Morris accomplished at SMU — and what he did during his tenure as Clemson's offensive coordinator before that — landed him a Power Five job.

The question now is where SMU turns.

It's no surprise Littrell's name has come up. He has been terrific in his first two seasons at UNT while guiding the Mean Green to consecutive bowl games.

UNT will face Troy in the New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 16 and is 9-4 on he season. Littrell is a great offensive mind and built a dynamic spread offense just two seasons after taking over a team built to lean on a power running game.

I mentioned a few weeks ago that Littrell's stock was on the rise and that he is going to be tough to hang on to for UNT:

On paper, Littrell might seem like a good fit for SMU. He runs the right type of offense, has regional ties as a former Oklahoma fullback and has been successful.

What one has to remember is Littrell termed himself a "boots and jeans guy" during his introductory press conference.

Littrell would be a terrible cultural fit at SMU. I don't think for a minute he ends up in Dallas.

It doesn't surprise me a bit that his name is being mentioned, though. 

UNT fans might as well get used to it. Littrell's name is going to continue to come up as long as he is in Denton. 

FEATURED PHOTO: North Texas head coach Seth Littrell watches from the sideline during the Mean Green's season-opening win over Lamar at Apogee Stadium. (Jeff Woo/DRC)