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Former MSU coach McCasland to lead UNT

Grant McCasland, pictured after winning the 2011 South Central Regional, is the new head coach at North Texas / Source: KAUZ Grant McCasland, pictured after winning the 2011 South Central Regional, is the new head coach at North Texas / Source: KAUZ
DENTON, TX (KAUZ) -

The University of North Texas has announced the hiring of Arkansas State basketball coach Grant McCasland.
    
North Texas athletic director Wren Baker said in a statement Monday that McCasland would replace Tony Benford, who was fired earlier this month after North Texas ended the season 8-22.
    
McCasland led Arkansas State to a 20-12 record in just one season in Jonesboro.
    
Arkansas State athletic director Terry Mohajir said in a statement that ASU wishes McCasland and his family the best and that a national search will begin immediately to find his replacement.
    
McCasland led Midwestern State to a 54-14 record and back-to-back Elite 8 appearances from 2009-2011 before leaving, first for Abilene Christian, and then four months later, for an assistant coaching spot at his alma mater, Baylor. 

Before coming to Wichita Falls, McCasland won a junior college national championship at Midland College.

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