Canales joins North Texas staff

DENTON, Texas -- North Texas hired former University of South Florida offensive coordinator Mike Canales in the same capacity, Mean Green head coach Todd Dodge announced Friday.

"We are extremely fortunate to be able to hire someone with a proven record of success like Mike Canales," Dodge said in statement released by the university. "He comes highly recommended as an innovative offensive mind by some of the most respected coaches in the game. He will have an immediate impact on our program and I can't wait for him to begin work with our coaches and players."

Canales spent the last three seasons at South Florida. He also had a two-year stint as the passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach for North Carolina State, where he coached current NFL Pro Bowl quarterback Philip Rivers.

Canales spent 2003 as the New York Jets' receivers coach before serving as the University of Arizona's offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach the next three seasons before returning to South Florida.

Canales, 48, became available when new South Florida coach Skip Holtz, who replaced the fired Jim Leavitt, decided not to retain his services.